1997 Chateau St Jean - Cinq Cepages 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


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: Issue 96

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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.

Drink Dates: 2000-2015
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 132

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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.

Drink Dates: 2002-2012
Author: James Laube


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Customer Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 93
Author: rdalehite
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 03/23/2014
Another great wine from the 1997 Cinq Cepages. Strong floral nose, layered finish, mild flavors of dark fruit. Deep ink color. Highly recommend.

Rating: 90
Author: swimmer
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 09/01/2013

Rating: 92
Author: BORDEAUXLICIOUS
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 11/21/2011

Rating: 91
Author: Drex
Trust Rating: 82
Tasted On: 11/26/2009

Rating: 90
Author: nothoi
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 10/17/2009
Drink Dates: 2009-2019
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.

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