Chateau St. Jean Winery
Celebrating 25 Years of Cinq Cépages
It’s hard to believe that 25 years have passed since the first release of a wine, that upon its unveiling, created an unprecedented legacy and the global stage was introduced to a Sonoma County winery capable of producing the highest rated wine in the world. We’re speaking of none other than Chateau St. Jean’s iconic Cinq Cépages [1996 Cinq Cépages, “Wine Of The Year”, Wine Spectator Magazine 1999]. Now in its 25th release this year with the 2014 vintage, this proprietary red blend composed mainly of Cabernet Sauvignon, with touches of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot, (hence its namesake meaning “Five Varieties” in French) still garners world attention and praise for its classic Bordelaise-style of elegance and refinement. Each varietal component is separated and kept in barrel for close to two years prior to assembly into the final blend and the finished bottle spends a minimum of one year aging prior to its release. This extended time in the cellar integrates the ripe tannins and offers a well-balanced, structured wine with deep layers of complexity. The 2014 vintage was rated 92 Points by Wine Advocate and is presented in a six-bottle luxury gift box to commemorate its 25th anniversary.
“Since no two vintages are alike, it gives us the opportunity to carefully search for the vineyard lots that offer the biggest fruit expression and the ability to age in order to create a wine that truly captures the best of the vintage” – Margo Van Staaveren, Winemaker Chateau St. Jean
Reflecting on 2017: Sonoma County Wildfires of October
Little did anyone know how the devastating events that began on the night of Sunday, October 8, 2017, would impact the entire landscape of the wine country in Northern California. For days the Nun’s Fire ripped through Sonoma Valley, and early news reports brought great fear for the region, including historical, Chateau St. Jean, which originally was reported to have burned to the ground. With every image the news became grimmer, and access to the winery and, in fact, the entire surrounding community, was blocked as a legion of firefighters battled the blaze. When the smoke cleared a bit, and the fires came ever so slightly under control, everyone was fully prepared for the worst. Instead, the team at Chateau St. Jean were stunned to find.the winery withstood the fires, unscathed and largely untouched. Because of the tireless efforts of first responders, they found the Chateau mostly as they left it. Lush gardens and rolling lawns are still their signature, and the nearly century old Chateau, filled with history and grace, needed only some modest cleaning to neutralize smoke odors. Chateau St. Jean, along with all of the wine communities in Sonoma County, have band together to rise up from this tragic event by working collectively to rebuild the region and once again, welcome eager wine tasters. Nature has already begun repainting the blackened hillsides with green, and the spirit of Sonoma Valley is strong and shining through.
Award-winning Wines and Breathtaking Views Await
Chateau St. Jean reopened on November 11th with their full list of winery experiences available for guests to enjoy. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p,m,, guests to the winery can choose from a Premium Tasting in the Visitor Center or indulge in a Reserve Tasting in the Chateau. For an elevated seated tasting, the winery offers a Private Tailored Wine Experience of a selection of wines – the lineup customized to your palate – as a way to taste Chateau St. Jean’s rich history and unique winemaking philosophy. When making your reservation, simply indicate your wine interests in the notes section and prepare to be impressed with their portfolio of award-winning white and red wines, including their Bordeaux-style blends and Burgundian-style varietals such as Pinot and Chardonnay. Offered Friday through Monday at $50 per person or $40 for club members. Reservations required and can be booked online at cellarpass.com/chateau-st-jean.
Seafood and Chardonnay
Saturday & Sunday | January 21 & 22
Starts at 1pm both days, $85 for club members | $110 for non-club members
Kick off the new year with a favorite wintertime event at the Chateau. Feast on fresh, local seafood paired with sensational Chateau St. Jean Chardonnays. Seating is limited and reservations are required.
Chateau Wine & Cheese Pairing
Offered Daily | $35/psn
Experience the Sonoma wine lifestyle through four wines perfectly paired with local artisan cheeses.
Relax at the beautiful 1920s Chateau and take in the breathtaking views of the Grand Lawn and Estate Vineyards.
Reservations are recommended and are available daily at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.