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1997 Chateau St Jean - Cinq Cepages

  • 94 WA
  • 96 WS
  • 90 IWC
  • 80 JR
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SKU: 59292-1997-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

    Ruby-red. Complex nose melds blackberry, cassis, cherry, lead pencil, flowers and rather high-toned tarry oak scents. Fairly dense but juicy, with bright cherry/berry and tobacco flavors. Still a bit unforthcoming in the middle. At once sweet and structured. Finishes with big, dusty tannins and very good length. The most promising vintage to date for this bottling.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2001
  • Rating: 16

    Shows an earthy Brettanomyces character that will either warm or cool the cockles of one's palate heart. That, and the ripe black fruit, slight herbaceousness and crisp acidity, will likely prompt contemplation and beg for service with food. But isn't that wine's role?
    Author: Linda Murphy
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

    The 1997 Cinq Cepages is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and the balance Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, and Petit-Verdot, it boasts a super-complex bouquet of licorice, dried herbs, black currants, spice box, and cherry liqueur. In the mouth, notes of chocolate, new oak, and red and black fruits caress the palate in a medium to full-bodied, succulent style. Aged in 50% new and 50% one-year old French barrels, it is bottled with no fining or filtration. Fleshy and complex, this is California's answer to a big, rich St.-Emilion. Drinkable now, it promises to last for 12-15 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 96

    Ultrarich and chocolaty, with layers of cedar, plum, currant and black cherry, revealing uncommon depth and tiers of flavor as it picks up coffee, toffee and anise. Finishes with firm tannins. 13,000 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Author: swimmer
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Author: BryanH
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    Author: Drex
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    Author: Jkbergmann
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  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: Pierre T184
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Larry H
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Another great wine from the 1997 Cinq Cepages. Strong floral nose, layered finish, mild flavors of dark fruit. Deep ink color. Highly recommend.
    Author: rdalehite
  • Anonymous | Rating: 94

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    Author: rdalehite
  • Self | Rating: 18

    This was my final bottle of |Sink Seepage| that I ever bought. I remember buying this at Costco for $20 when I first got into wine... Those were the days! Dark and inky still, lots of pepper, tar, mocha and cassis. Nice mouthfeel and weight also - I would drink this all the time at $25 but not for $60+. Plenty of fruit left on it for many years of enjoyment.
    Drink Dates: 2009-2019
    Author: nothoi

California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 1224 bottles owned
  • 315 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 92
    (Out of 315 collectors)