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2001 Chateau St Jean - Cinq Cepages

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SONOMA
  • 90 WA
  • 92 WS
  • 86 IWC
  • 88 JR
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend
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SKU: 59292-2001-750-3B
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 86

    ($100) Saturated ruby-red. Rather Rhone-like aromas of currant, chocolate and fruitcake. Sweet on entry, then turns a bit dry in the middle under a heavy load of oak. Flavors of dried fruits, tar and coffee grounds, along with a hint of band-aid. The finish features a lot of drying oak tannins.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: January/Feburary 2005
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

    Beautifully crafted, dark, rich and layered, with blackberry, cherry, plum and wild berry fruit that zooms across the palate, holding a tight focus and finishing with a long, complex aftertaste. The tannins firm up nicely on the finish. 15,500 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Rating: 17

    Immediately gratifying, soft and rich, with sweet oak and juicy black cherry and chocolate notes. It expands into a far more structured and complex wine, with pleasant leafy herb and espresso notes, chewy tannins and mouthwatering acidity. One for the cellar.
    Author: Linda Murphy
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 90

    The 2001 Cinq Cepages is an outstanding effort, although not up to the quality of the terrific examples made in the mid-nineties. A dark ruby/purple color is followed by an elegant nose of cranberries, cherries, red and black currants, smoke, and herbs. This elegant, medium to full-bodied 2001 is ideal for drinking over the next 12-13 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Author: Michael C453
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: Sammi K
  • Self | Rating:

    92 pts (WS): Beautifully crafted, dark, rich and layered with blackberry, cherry, plum and wild bery fruit that zooms across the palate, holding a tight focus and finishingwith long, complex aftertaste. The tannins firm up nicely on the finish. Drink now thorugh 2011. 15,500 cases made. 's notes - Cinq C‚pages (|Five Varieties|), made forever famous (and famously hard to procure) since being named Spectator's Top Wine of the Year in 1999. This is a Bordeaux-style blend consisting of cabernet sauvignon (76%), merlot (10%), cabernet franc (9%), malbec (3%), and petit verdot (2%). Each component is aged separately for two years in small French and American oak barrels before blending. Once the wine is assembled, it spends six months in the bottle before release. The 2001 offers blackberry and cassis flavors balanced by soft tannins and vanillin oak nuances.
    Author: trinidad
  • Self | Rating: 91

    At the end of its life so drink up now.
    Author: Todd7
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Delicious! Strong aromas, tight tannins, and a long finish. Could sit in the bottle another several years and still be a great wine.
    Author: jmsenger
  • Self | Rating: 89

    I was al ittle bit disappointed by this bottle since I had such a great one before. This bottle showed an acidity to it that hadn't been displayed before. The fruit still was vibrant and the tannins were soft but it was somewhat of a disappointment.
    Drink Dates: 2009-2014
    Author: Rafa Wine
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Smooth... Great cabernet blend. Fruit forward but balanced and drinking extremely well now...
    Author: Jim W NYC
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Time to drink, still plenty to enjoy in this bottle. Dark garnet, deep core, light watery edge. Aromas of dried fruits, tar, dark fruits. On the palate this still has good structure with some acid and nice tannins. Dark flavors of ripe to dried fruit, leaves, tobacco and cassis.
    Drink Dates: 2011
    Author: Wine365

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Collector Data For This Wine

  • 685 bottles owned
  • 215 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 91
    (Out of 215 collectors)