Cinq Cepages is the flagship wine of Chateau St. Jean. No other Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon has received the same level of collective awards and accolades from top wine critics. Three times has this Bordeaux style red blend made Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines with a number one spot in 1996. Each year, Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren selects fruit from the finest Bordeaux varietal vineyards to craft a wine that showcases the best of Sonoma County. It combines the strength of the diverse region to create an approachable, well balanced and elegant wine.
"A huge, dense wine, the 2013 Cinq Cepages possesses tremendous richness and concentration. Inky blue and purplish fruit, creme de cassis, gravel, graphite and dark spices give the Cinq Cepages much of its flamboyant, extroverted personality. Readers should be prepared to cellar the 2013 for at least a few years." - Antonio Galloni,
The opening bouquet offers layers of aromas including black raspberry, sweet currant, lifted perfumed violet and notes of baking chocolate. Secondary aromas of roasted coffee and nuanced notes of Earl Gray tea and spice add complexity. The aromas lead to a plush palate with depth of flavors including raspberry compote and dark chocolate. The full-bodied wine is rich and refined with well-integrated, ripe tannins giving good structure. In signature Cinq Cepages form, this wine combines the strength of the diverse Sonoma County region to create an approachable, well-balanced and elegant wine.
The 2013 growing season in Sonoma County was long with mild temperatures resulting in very high quality fruit coming into the winery. The 2013 Cinq Cepages captures the highlights of this vintage.
Cinq Cepages is the flagship wine of Chateau St. Jean. Each year, Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren selects fruit from the finest Bordeaux varietal vineyards to craft a wine that showcases the best of Sonoma County. The primary grape sources for the 2013 vintage are from some of the finest appellations throughout Sonoma County including the Moon Mountain District in Sonoma Valley which gives structure to the blend with black, dense mountain fruit. The Knights Valley fruit highlights boysenberry flavors and elegant tannins while the Dry Creek Valley fruit adds lush juiciness and rich texture. Finally, the Alexander Valley grapes in the wine show bright berry flavors with back notes of dried herbs.
The 2013 Cinq Cepages (“Five Varieties”) is a blend of the classic Bordeaux grapes consisting of Cabernet Sauvignon (76%), Merlot (13%), Cabernet Franc (5%), Malbec (3%), and Petit Verdot (3%). All five varietal components are used each vintage to create the stylized blend that is Cinq Cepages. Before blending, each component is aged separately for twenty-three months exclusively in French oak, with just over half of all the barrels being new (51%). Once the components are assembled, the blend spends almost an entire additional year in the bottle before release.
Margo Van Staaveren’s has been Winemaker for Chateau St. Jean since 2003 and has worked at the winery for over 40 harvests. She was named “Winemaker of the Year” by Wine Enthusiast magazine in 2008. During her long tenure with the winery, Margo has played a pivotal role in every facet of the winemaking process. As winemaker, she makes the final decisions involving blend and style to produce consistently high quality wines in the super premium and luxury category.
|Oak Treatment||Barrel Aged 23 Months in 100% French Oak (51% New)|
|Blend||Cabernet Sauvignon 76%, Merlot 13%, Cabernet Franc 5%, Malbec 3%, Petite Verdot 3%|
|Case Production||3138 cases|