Wine Type Red
Varietal Cinq Cepages
Region Sonoma County
Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren

As the stylish flagship wine of Chateau St. Jean, Cinq Cépages, is an immense source of pride. An intricate blend of Bordeaux varietals from throughout Sonoma, the each vintage of this wine is unique an intriguing, while also displaying consistent elegance, complexity and power.

Retail Price: $615

2013 Vintage

94 Points, Vinous

"A huge, dense wine, the 2013 Cinq Cepages possesses tremendous richness and concentration. Inky blue and purplish fruit, crème 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 2013 growing season in Sonoma County was long with mild temperatures resulting in very high quality fruit coming into the winery. The 2013 Cinq Cépages captures the highlights of this vintage. 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.

2012 Vintage

93 Points, Vinous

"The 2012 Cinq Cepages is plump, juicy and forward. Dark cherry, plum, smoke, licorice, menthol, mocha and dark spices are all pushed forward. This is a decidedly radiant, supple Cinq Cepages that should provide readers with a good decade-plus of fine drinking. As always, Cinq Cepages is bold, racy and fruit-driven in style." - Antonio Galloni

The outstanding quality of the 2012 vintage shines in this Cinq Cépages wine. The nose offers layers of complex aromas including black currant, chocolate covered Bing cherry, wild mountain blackberry fruit, cassis and a soft sweet earth note. Nuanced notes of spicy jasmine and crushed rock are intriguing and add depth to the nose.

2011 Vintage

The 2011 Cinq Cépages offers layered aromas of blackberry, black cherry, and star anise spice. Intriguing, nuanced notes of violet and graphite add depth to the nose. The aromas lead to a plush palate with flavors of blueberry, fresh Santa Rosa plum and blackberry. Additional flavors of cocoa powder and brown spice add to the complexity. The full-bodied wine has fine grained tannins that offer solid structure but do not overwhelm.

The wine, slow to evolve in the glass, shows density and elegance. In signature Cinq Cépages form, this wine combines the strength of the diverse Sonoma County region to create a well-balanced, complex and powerful wine.