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Chateau St. Jean Cinqe Cepages 1997

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Cinq Cépages ("Five Varieties") is a Bordeaux-style blend consisting of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot. Each component is aged separately for two years in small French and American oak barrels before blending. Once the wine is assembled, it spends six months in the bottle.

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

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Snooth User: ChipDWood
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02/13/2011

Just a VERY general warning to those considering purchasing some of (what were) the fantastic 1997 reds from Napa/Cali- I've been burned before with a couple fairly high end items simply because 1997 was an EXTREMELY early-drinking vintage. Friendly and oppulent in their youths but like shooting stars in that many of them- even from some of the better houses (Flora Springs, Cornerstone, etc) have already gone well past their prime and are circling the drain. Buy the better stuff, but buyer beware- and ALWAYS do your homework, no matter which house it may be that you're considering buying. 1997 WAS great. Now, it's fading, and fading fast.


Snooth User: montgj
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05/04/2009

Five glasses


External Reviews for Chateau St. Jean Cinqe Cepages

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
10/15/2009

Ultrarich and chocolaty, with layers of cedar, plum, currant and black cherry, revealing uncommon depth and tiers of flavor as it picks up coffee, toffee and anise. Finishes with firm tannins. Best from 2002 through 2012. 13,000 cases made. -JL Wine Spectator. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1997 St Jean, Chateau Cinq Cepages 750ml


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Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

Wine Advocate ReviewThe 1997 Cinq Cepages is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and the balance Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, and Petit-Verdot, it boasts a super-complex bouquet of licorice, dried herbs, black currants, spice box, and cherry liqueur. In the mouth, notes of chocolate, new oak, and red and black fruits caress the palate in a medium to full-bodied, succulent style. Aged in 50% new and 50% one-year old French barrels, it is bottled with no fining or filtration. Fleshy and complex, this is California's answer to a big, rich St.-Emilion. Drinkable now, it promises to last for 12-15 years.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
02/27/2010

A spectacular offering is the 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve. A blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc that spends 36 months in barrel prior to being bottled without fining and filtra... Robert Parker. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1997 Chateau St Jean Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 750ml



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Cinq Cépages ("Five Varieties") is a Bordeaux-style blend consisting of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot. Each component is aged separately for two years in small French and American oak barrels before blending. Once the wine is assembled, it spends six months in the bottle.

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