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Chateau St. Jean

Chateau St. Jean was founded in Sonoma Valley, near Kenwood, in 1973 by Robert and Edward Merzoian and Ken Sheffield. The three business partners were grape growers who wanted to make wine. Their first winemaker Richard Arrowood went on to establish his own winery in the 1990s, leaving a legacy of outstanding winemaking, especially with Chardonnay. In 1997 the 117-acre estate was purchased by Beringer Wine Estates. With vineyards in Sonoma Valley and the Russian River Valley, the estate grows a wide variety of red and white grapes and purchases additional varietals, including Pinot Noir and Riesling. Robert M. Parker Jr. has written that though Chateau St. Jean is often considered primarily “a white wine producing estate because of the brilliant quality of their Fume Blancs and Chardonnays, they also fashion very fine Cabernet Sauvignons as well as an excellent Bordeaux blend…”

1985 Chateau St. Jean Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Capsule condition issue; very top shoulder fill

2002 Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages

Light label condition issue

RP  92   
WE  90   

2008 Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages

WA  94   

2011 Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages

1977 Chateau St. Jean Individual Bunch Selected Late Harvest Belle Terre Vineyard Johannisberg Riesling

Light capsule condition issue; lightly depressed cork; light signs of past seepage; label condition issue

1976 Chateau St. Jean Late Harvest Demi Sec Sauvignon Blanc

Capsule condition issue; heavy signs of past seepage; low shoulder fill; light label condition issue

1976 Chateau St. Jean Robert Young Vineyards Individual Bunch Selected Late Harvest Johannisberg Riesling

Light capsule condition issue; lightly depressed cork; label condition issue