Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cépages 1996

Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cépages 1996

SKU C082


This wine captures the best of "five varieties". The depth and dark fruit of Cabernet Sauvignon, supple texture of Merlot, spice of Cabernet Franc, roasted coffee of Malbec, and intense color of Petite Verdot. Black cherry, cassis, chocolate, blueberry and spice fill the nose of this Cabernet Sauvignon blend. On the palate, concentrated flavors of bittersweet chocolate, blackberry, coffee, toasted oak and tobacco provide this complex wine with a smooth, savory finish.
Category Red Wine
Country United States
Region Washington
Brand Chateau St. Jean
Alcohol/vol 14.4%
  • we92

Wine EnthusiastToast and heavily roasted coffee-bean aromas dominate the nose at first, but a bright core of black-currant and blackberry fruit begins to emerge with vigorous swirling. Shows impressive concentration, a gorgeous silky mouthfeel and fine tannins, with only a bit of astringency on the finish-something that a few years in the cellar should cure. Best from 2002.

Joe Czerwinski, February 1, 2000
  • wa92

Wine AdvocateThe dark ruby/purple-colored 1996 Cinq Cepages (75% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the balance Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec, and Petit Verdot) exhibits a moderately intense nose of black cherries, chocolate, smoke, dried herbs, and toasty oak. As reported last year, it appears to be California's version of a big, rich St.-Emilion. Offering elegance and finesse along with copious quantities of fruit, glycerin, and flavor, this medium to full-bodied wine has evolved nicely over the last year, and can be drunk now as well as over the next 12-15 years.

Robert Parker, February 27, 2000
  • ws88

Wine SpectatorScents of red currant, herb, sage and tobacco are firm, tight and tannic on the palate, making this well-structured. A hint of sweet, ripe fruit midpalate provides a complex note, but this turns very dry and tannic on the finish.--1996 California Cabernet retrospective. Drink now through 2011.

James Laube, 2007