Chateau St. Jean

Cinq Cépages Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon

9.138 ratings
9.210 pro ratings
Sonoma County, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy
Top Notes For
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.2

Something to bridge the gap between Lynch Bages and Krug Rosé time. Nose of ripe, mashed; black plum, blackberries, dark cherries, plum, boysenberries, blueberries, crushed dry rocks, dry brown top soil, bramble/dry stems, vanilla, light cinnamon & clove, lavender & violets. The body is full, round, lush & elegant. Tannins well round and 65-70% resolved. Fruits of; mashed; black plum, blackberries, dark cherries, plum, boysenberries, blueberries & notes of strawberries. Crushed dry rocks, used leather. dry brown top soil, bramble/dry stems, vanilla, cinnamon & more pronounced clove & nutmeg than on the nose, medium spice, slightly herbaceous, lavender & violets. Wishing the Chateau a quick heal to their fire damage in 2018. This was a great recent find on the secondary market at $35. More like stealing. Happy New Year to all those braving the freezing temp in “Times Square.”

Something to bridge the gap between Lynch Bages and Krug Rosé time. Nose of ripe, mashed; black plum, blackberries, dark cherries, plum, boysenberries, blueberries, crushed dry rocks, dry brown top soil, bramble/dry stems, vanilla, light cinnamon & clove, lavender & violets. The body is full, round, lush & elegant. Tannins well round and 65-70% resolved. Fruits of; mashed; black plum, blackberries, dark cherries, plum, boysenberries, blueberries & notes of strawberries. Crushed dry rocks, used leather. dry brown top soil, bramble/dry stems, vanilla, cinnamon & more pronounced clove & nutmeg than on the nose, medium spice, slightly herbaceous, lavender & violets. Wishing the Chateau a quick heal to their fire damage in 2018. This was a great recent find on the secondary market at $35. More like stealing. Happy New Year to all those braving the freezing temp in “Times Square.”

Jan 1st, 2018
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.2

One of my favorite things to do when I go into K&L is to look through their library wines. From time to time, I look down and smile when I see 10-15 year old Cing Cepages. Especially, at the price they are re-sold. One the best values in Sonoma/Napa Cabernet. This 05 followed the 05 Alban Reva and it was drinking perfectly. Soft, luxurious and elegant in the mouth. Beautifully ripe; black plum, blackberries, plum, dark cherries & black raspberries. Well balanced fruit and earth, nice baking spices, excellent florals, round acidity and well polished finish. For those of you drinking your new big red wines too young, this is they way to go. Buy library wines like these to keep you from opening your very high priced red wines long before they're ready to drink. Good library wines will drink much better and cost you so much less than your new big red wine releases. For example, I find these older Cing Cepages for around $35. The lowest price for their 2013 vintage on Wine Searcher is $59. For less $$$, you're drinking beautifully elegant and READY wine. For every new producers new release you buy, buy some nice library wines. You'll reap the benefits of patience down the road. Photos of; Chateau St. Jean, their vineyard grapes and Winemakers Margo & Don Van Staaveren and the Chateau St. Jean barrel/tasting room.

One of my favorite things to do when I go into K&L is to look through their library wines. From time to time, I look down and smile when I see 10-15 year old Cing Cepages. Especially, at the price they are re-sold. One the best values in Sonoma/Napa Cabernet. This 05 followed the 05 Alban Reva and it was drinking perfectly. Soft, luxurious and elegant in the mouth. Beautifully ripe; black plum, blackberries, plum, dark cherries & black raspberries. Well balanced fruit and earth, nice baking spices, excellent florals, round acidity and well polished finish. For those of you drinking your new big red wines too young, this is they way to go. Buy library wines like these to keep you from opening your very high priced red wines long before they're ready to drink. Good library wines will drink much better and cost you so much less than your new big red wine releases. For example, I find these older Cing Cepages for around $35. The lowest price for their 2013 vintage on Wine Searcher is $59. For less $$$, you're drinking beautifully elegant and READY wine. For every new producers new release you buy, buy some nice library wines. You'll reap the benefits of patience down the road. Photos of; Chateau St. Jean, their vineyard grapes and Winemakers Margo & Don Van Staaveren and the Chateau St. Jean barrel/tasting room.

Oct 1st, 2017
David L

Château ST. Jean Cinq Cepages. 77% Cab . Just short of 50% new oak.

Cherry, blackberry jam, dark chocolate, simple polished finish. Pop & pour. Drink

Château ST. Jean Cinq Cepages. 77% Cab . Just short of 50% new oak.

Cherry, blackberry jam, dark chocolate, simple polished finish. Pop & pour. Drink

Sep 29th, 2017
Jessica Schmidt

The '05 Cinq!!!!!!!!! I have been waiting for her all year!!

The '05 Cinq!!!!!!!!! I have been waiting for her all year!!

1 person found it helpfulDec 25th, 2012
Sommelara

Should had opened it last year!

Should had opened it last year!

Nov 24th, 2016
Louie Christensen

Smooth as melted chocolate. Black berries, blueberries, cocoa, and dried sage. What a beaut! Might have popped it a year too late

Smooth as melted chocolate. Black berries, blueberries, cocoa, and dried sage. What a beaut! Might have popped it a year too late

Oct 17th, 2016
Carson Gray

Sommelier, Director of Adult Beverage & Restaurant Development @ HMSHost

9.4

Stellar bottle! Still has some time on it, but it's in a great spot now.

Stellar bottle! Still has some time on it, but it's in a great spot now.

Dec 25th, 2014
Bob Halifax

My sip for #CanernetDay - I suppose there's a reason for Napa Cab"s reputation.. This ain't too shabby.

My sip for #CanernetDay - I suppose there's a reason for Napa Cab"s reputation.. This ain't too shabby.

Aug 29th, 2014
Keith Ward

Best of the rest! Was wine spectator wine of the year for 2005 and it shows!!

Best of the rest! Was wine spectator wine of the year for 2005 and it shows!!

Jan 8th, 2018
Grapeful Dave

Really young atill, alcohol prevalent at the start...

Really young atill, alcohol prevalent at the start...

Jun 11th, 2017