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Date Printed: 12/26/2014
Chateau St. Jean Fume Blanc 1999
Chateau St. Jean Fume Blanc 1999
(search item no. 5483)
The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 12/26/2014: $13.04

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Aromas of ripe peach, lemongrass, melon and spice describe the nose of this Fum Blanc. On the palate, grapefruit, melon, vanilla and hints of fig are well integrated with smoky oak flavors. The grapes for this blend were specially selected from vineyards in the Alexander Valley and Russian River Valley appellations to achieve a blend with a balance of fruit and herbal components. The Alexander Valley fruit imparts ripe melon and fig flavors, while the Russian River Valley grapes lend lemongrass and dried herb notes.
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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."