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Chateau St. Jean Chardonnay 2008

Winemaker's Notes:

This classic Sonoma County Chardonnay offers inviting stone fruit aromas accented by notes of tropical fruit. The well-balanced acidity supports a core of pear and sweet melon and complements a creamy texture. The wine has a clean, refreshing finish.

Chateau St. Jean Winery & Vineyards:
  Chatea St. Jean’s life started in 1920, when it was built as a summer home for Ernest and Maude Goff. It is located in Sugarloaf Ridge in the Sonoma Valley near the legendary Kenwood, California. While the 250 acres of land were originally planted with white grapes, Prohibition encouraged the planting of prunes and walnuts instead. When Chateau St. Jean was founded in 1973, the... Read more
  Chatea St. Jean’s life started in 1920, when it was built as a summer home for Ernest and Maude Goff. It is located in Sugarloaf Ridge in the Sonoma Valley near the legendary Kenwood, California. While the 250 acres of land were originally planted with white grapes, Prohibition encouraged the planting of prunes and walnuts instead. When Chateau St. Jean was founded in 1973, the chateau was restored and opened to the public in honor of the Goff family. As the company says, “only the finest” from their wines, and they delivered on that promise in quick time. In 1999, Chateau St. Jean’s 1996 Cinq Cépages Cabernet Sauvignon won “Wine of the Year,” making the chateau the first Sonoma winery to receive this award. Chateau St. Jean was one of the pioneers in vineyard designation, stressing the importance of a grape’s origin. They didn’t just talk the talk - they took grapes from successful vineyards and made individually labeled Chardonnays, Pinot Noir, and Fumé Blanc. With the hard work and dedication of Margo Van Staaveren, the winemaker for Chateau St. Jean, the winery is able to make high quality wines with a persistent signature flavor profile across different vintages. Read less

Member Reviews for Chateau St. Jean Chardonnay

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Snooth User: pchalid
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4.00 5
02/09/2010

Very buttery! High acidity, perfect with lobster+melted butter. However, it's not too flavorful/dense. Best drank with a meal.

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Buttery

Snooth User: Val13
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3.00 5
08/16/2009

Oaky, slightly buttery Chard. A touch of pineapple on the nose and palate. Not bad, but not much going on, either--just a regular Chardonnay.


Snooth User: toriol
37905519
4.00 5
02/09/2010

Great value here. The buttery flavor really enhances any broiled or baked seafood. This is now my go-to wine for Lobster!


Snooth User: Bubba9a
3664914
5.00 5
01/29/2010

I've served this relatively inexpensive wine to three different sets of guests on three separate occaisions. In every case, I was surprised to see how many guests asked me about the wine and wanted to know where to get it. Although I like this wine a lot, I am writing this review due to the response I got from many people that I had served it to.


Snooth User: nventure
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3.00 5
10/03/2010

Three glasses


External Reviews for Chateau St. Jean Chardonnay

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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
07/12/2011

Bold, rich and buttery, with layers of smoky oak, ripe fig, anise, honeysuckle and spice. Holds its richness on a long, complex finish, echoing spice and nutmeg. Drink now through 2006.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
07/12/2011

Wonderful fruit purity, with rich, creamy fig, apricot, pear and honeydew melon flavors that are elegantly styled, with subtle flavor nuances and a pretty dash of toasty oak on the finish. Drink now through 2008.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
07/12/2011

A rich, seductive style that weaves together a mix of ripe apple, pear, peach and lemony citrus flavors. Light toasty oak joins in on the finish, with a touch of pineapple, vanilla and nutmeg that lingers. Drink now through 2008.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
07/12/2011

The 2000 Chardonnay Robert Young Vineyard has just been bottled, so perhaps my notes are conservative. It displays a striking minerality in its aromas of lemon zest and citrus oils, and crisp, medium-bodied, nicely-textured, French style. The wine is always more restrained than its siblings. It is a challenge when tasting it to give it its full due.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
07/12/2011

Lots of fancy footwork in this single-vinyard Chard. Really pleases with its deft arrangement of fine, toasty oak, ripe tropical fruit, creamy lees and refreshing acids. Displays poise and finesse, from a producer with long experience working with this vineyard.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
07/12/2011

A big, ripe, full-bodied wine, with intense fig, dill, sage, green apple and green pineapple flavors, turning leafy, with fig on the aftertaste. Drink now through 2007.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
07/12/2011

Intense and vibrant. A tight beam of spicy apple, pear and melon builds to a rich core of honeysuckle and fig, with hints of apricot and butterscotch. The finish is most impressive, as the fruit and toasty oak merge together. Drink now through 2009.


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Tasting Notes:

Bright and lively, this medium-bodied Chardonnay opens with pleasing stone fruit, vanilla and floral spice aromas. On the palate, the wine is well-structured and perfectly-balanced.

This classic Sonoma County Chardonnay offers inviting stone fruit aromas accented by notes of tropical fruit. The well-balanced acidity supports a core of pear and sweet melon and complements a creamy texture. The wine has a clean, refreshing finish.

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