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 2015 Cinq Cepages Proprietary Red Wine is made up of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 4% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot, aged 20 months in 63% new French oak. It has a very deep purple-black color and opens with creme de cassis, warm plums and blackberry pie notes plus nuances of lavender, Provence herbs and spice box with touches of cedar and menthol. The palate is medium-bodied and wonderfully elegant in the mouth with plenty of vivacity to the fruit and a finely played, grainy frame, finishing long and lively." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, October 2018
In signature Cinq Cepages form, this classically styled Bordeaux blend shows off aromas and flavors of dark fruits, including blackberries and mountain raspberries accented with cassis, black olive, tobacco leaf and black tea. Hints of oak spice and vanilla frame a nicely balanced, well-structured wine that is rich and inviting, round in mouthfeel with a notably lingering finish. Deeply concentrated and typical of the vintage, this is a wine with a solid potential for aging and gaining further complexity for those with the patience to wait for full enjoyment.
The 2015 growing season was another beautiful vintage with mild temperatures and no weather upsets throughout. The season got off to an early start in the spring and continued through to an early start of harvest with dry and uniform weather. The resulting grapes, although overall yields were slightly down, were of very high quality.
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 2015 vintage are from some of the finest appellations throughout Sonoma County including our Sonoma Valley home district (33%) where we feature our St. Jean estate vineyard and Moon Mountain District (12%) also in Sonoma Valley, which gives structure to the blend with black, dense mountain fruit. Knights Valley (33%) fruit highlights boysenberry flavors and elegant tannins while Dry Creek Valley (8%) fruit adds lush juiciness and rich texture. Finally, Alexander Valley (14%) grapes show bright berry flavors with savory herbs.
The 2015 Cinq Cepages ('Five Varieties') is a blend of the classic Bordeaux grapes consisting of Cabernet Sauvignon (81%), Merlot (9%), Cabernet Franc (4%), Malbec (4%), and Petit Verdot (2%). 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, 63% 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||Aged 20 months in 100% French oak, 63% new|
|Blend||Cabernet Sauvignon (81%), Merlot (9%), Cabernet Franc (4%), Malbec (4%), and Petit Verdot (2%)|