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.
"The flagship Cinq Cepages is terrific in 2014. Rich, ample and unctuous, the 2014 offers all the richness that is such a signature of this bottling, but with better integration of tannin and finer balance than I can remember seeing in some time. Blackberry jam, grilled herbs, smoke, menthol, lavender and sweet spice all meld together effortlessly. Opulent and dense on the palate, yet not at all overdone, the 2014 is fabulous." - Antonio Galloni
Cinq Cepages opens with layers of aromas including black currant, cassis, delicate notes of perfumed violet, and savory tobacco leaves. Secondary aromas of roasted espresso, nuanced notes of Earl Gray tea, and sweet spices like cinnamon and clove add to the complexity. The palate finds rich, plush flavors of black raspberry and dark chocolate. This full-bodied wine has well-integrated, ripe tannins giving the wine a mouth-pleasing structure and layers of complexity. In signature Cinq Cepages form, this wine combines the diverse strength of Sonoma County to create an approachable, well-balanced and elegant wine that is very enjoyable now and can age for many years to come.
The 2014 vintage proved ideal with excellent quality reminiscent of 2012. The winter was one of the driest in California on record, but substantial early spring rains set the vines on a strong start. Summer temperatures were milder, so with early bud break and veraison, harvest was unusually early.
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 2014 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 2014 Cinq Cepages (“Five Varieties”) is a blend of the classic Bordeaux grapes consisting of Cabernet Sauvignon (77%), Cabernet Franc (9%), Merlot (8%), 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 21 months in French (86%) and American (14%) oak, with just over half of all the barrels being new (60%). 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||Aged for 21 months in French (86%) and American (14%) oak, with 60% of the barrels being new.|
|Blend||Cabernet Sauvignon (77%), Cabernet Franc (9%), Merlot (8%), Malbec (3%), and Petit Verdot (3%)|
|Case Production||3873 cases|