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.
“This is a rich red with lots of ripe fruit, chocolate and vanilla character. It’s a little obvious and old-school now, but delivers freshness and stature at the finish. The tannins and everything else needs to come together. A blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc, malbec and petit verdot. Better in 2022.” - JamesSuckling.com, April 2020
“A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec and 1% Petit Verdot, the 2016 Cinq Cepages Proprietary Red Wine is deep garnet-purple in color. It rocks up with expressive notions of cassis, warm plums and black raspberries plus hints of pencil shavings, lilacs, oolong tea, unsmoked cigars and charcuterie. Full-bodied, the palate explodes with youthful black fruits, supported by firm, grainy tannins and fantastic freshness, finishing long and layered. 6,497 cases were made.”Lisa Perrotti-Brown, August 13th, 2020
”A powerful wine, the 2016 Cinq Cépages is incredibly refined in this vintage, and yet achieves that while retaining its natural depth and textural richness. Black cherry, plum, chocolate, licorice, leather and spice are some of the many notes that build in a beautifully layered Cinq Cépages that, unusually, will drink well right out of the gate. In a word: impressive.”
Big and rich, with mouth-filling ripe red and black mountain and benchland fruits accented with black tea, cassis, black licorice, a touch of fennel, black olive and sweet blueberry fruit leather. Hints of cedar cigar box and tobacco sit alongside chalky tannins. More structured than Vintage 2015, Cinq Cepages is rewarding today and will reveal complex layers of flavor with proper cellaring.
The extended drought caused concern as the 2016 growing season began, but welcomed winter rain hinted at the relief to come. After a relatively dry January significant rainfall arrived in February, along with mild temperatures. Bud break was early, but was slowed by heavy April showers. A traditionally sized harvest followed the lighter vintage of 2015, and the extended mild season helped balance the acids and add complexity to the fruit.
Knights Valley (33%) fruit highlights boysenberry flavors and elegant tannins. From Moon Mountain (20%) Cabernet Sauvignon from the Monte Rosso vineyard adds structure, alongside selections from Sonoma Valley (20%), including the St. Jean Estate Vineyard, Cassata and Mountain Terraces vineyards. The Louvau vineyard in Dry Creek (12%) offers Merlot with lush juiciness and texture, while the Stuhlmuller Vineyard in Alexander Valley (6%) brings savory herbs and bright berry flavors.
The 2016 Cinq Cepages (“Five Varieties”) is a blend of the classic Bordeaux grapes consisting of Cabernet Sauvignon (80%), Merlot (11%), Cabernet Franc (6%), Malbec (2%), and Petit Verdot (1%). 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 20 months in 100% French oak, 49% new. 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||20 months in 100% French oak, 49% new|
|Blend||Cabernet Sauvignon (80%), Merlot (11%), Cabernet Franc (6%), Malbec (2%), and Petit Verdot (1%)|
|Case Production||6497 cases|