93 Points
2010 Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County

2010 Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cépages

Sonoma County
Bottle Size: 750 ml

Tasting Notes

The 2010 Cinq Cépages is a stunning color in the glass, deep ruby with a subtle violet colored rim. Layered aromas are vivid; black plum, blackberry compote, clove spice, tanned leather and a hint of fresh tobacco leaf. Secondary aromas of raspberry and spiced cherry mingle with notes of violet and pomegranate. The aromas lead to an incredibly juicy palate with flavors of blueberry, cherry and blackberry. Nuanced flavors of espresso and a distinct mocha component add to the complexity. The full-bodied wine has smooth, silky tannins that offer solid structure but do not overwhelm. The wine is plush and approachable yet complex and appealing in the glass. 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.

Vineyard Notes

Cinq Cépages 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 2010 vintage are Alexander, Dry Creek, Knights and Sonoma Valleys. The Alexander Valley grapes highlight bright berry with back notes of dried herbs, while the Dry Creek Valley brings in black fruit characteristics and rich texture. The Knights Valley fruit adds boysenberry flavors and elegant tannins and finally, the Sonoma Valley grapes bring black, dense mountain fruit to the blend.

Production Notes

The 2010 Cinq Cépages (“Five Varieties”) is a Bordeaux-style blend consisting of Cabernet Sauvignon (78%), Merlot (12%), Cabernet Franc (5%), Petit Verdot (3%), and Malbec (2%). All five varietal components are used each vintage to create the stylized blend that is Cinq Cépages. Each component is aged separately for twenty months in French (88%) and American (12%) oak before blending. Once the components are assembled, the blend spends an additional year in the bottle before release.

Varietal Composition:
  • Cabernet Sauvignon: 78%
  • Merlot: 12%
  • Cabernet Franc: 5%
  • Petit Verdot: 3%
  • Malbec: 2%

Acid: 0.62g/100ml
PH: 3.64
Barrel Aging: 20 Months
  • French Oak: 88%
  • American Oak: 12%

Alcohol %: 14.4


Wine Spectator: 93 points

An authentic Bordeaux-style expression from Sonoma. Firm, dense and muscular, with a tight core of vivid blackberry, spice, cedar, loamy earth, black olive and cigar box notes, framed by tight, ripe, gripping tannins that extend the flavors. The finish impresses with purity, focus and complexity. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Drink now through 2026.

James Laube 1/2014

The Wine Advocate: 92 points

... possesses a deep ruby/purple color along with notes of cranberry sauce, black cherries, black currants, dusty, loamy soil, unsmoked cigar tobacco and underbrush. Medium to full-bodied and rich with light tannins as well as a textured mouthfeel, there are 7,000 cases of this beauty that can be enjoyed over the next 10-12 years.

Robert M. Parker 12/2013