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Date Printed: 11/26/2014
Chateau St. Jean Belle Terre Chardonnay 2005
Chateau St. Jean Belle Terre Chardonnay 2005
(search item no. 93720)
The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 11/26/2014: $17.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Bright and lively, this medium-bodied Chardonnay offers inviting aromas of lemon, yellow nectarine and mango. This beautiful fruit carries over on the palate with yellow stone fruit flavors and lightly-toasted oak characters of caramel and toffee. Rich, ripe and perfectly balanced, this wine lingers in the mouth with hints of hazelnut and nutmeg.

Planted in the heart of Alexander Valley and cooled by fog from the nearby Russian River, Belle Terre Vineyard ("Beautiful Land") captures the classic essence of this premier Chardonnay appellation. This wine is 100% fermented in French oak barrels and goes through secondary malolactic fermentation.

"The 2005 Chardonnay Belle Terre Vineyard exhibits abundant notes of honeysuckle, white peaches, and apricots in its medium to full-bodied personality. With terrific freshness, purity, and length, it should drink well for 4-5 years."
-Wine Advocate

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About Chateau St. Jean:

Chateau St. Jean is a winemaking estate located at the foot of the Sugarloaf Ridge in Sonoma Valley near Kenwood, California. Founded in 1973, Chateau St. Jean has long been recognized as a leader in Vineyard Designated wines. Winemaker Steve Reeder has built a reputation for making wines of power and elegance. With over 20 years of vineyard and winemaking experience, his knowledge of Sonoma makes him a master in highlighting the best of each vineyard. Chateau St. Jean was the first Sonoma winery to be awarded the prestigious "Wine of the Year" award from Wine Spectator for its 1996 Cinq Cepages Cabernet Sauvignon, a Bordeaux-style blend of "five varieties."