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Date Printed: 4/19/2014
Chateau St. Jean Fume Blanc 2005
Chateau St. Jean Fume Blanc 2005
(search item no. 90833)
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 4/19/2014: $10.29

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
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Number 72 on the Wine.com 100 of 2007!

Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2007!

This Fume Blanc is Sauvignon Blanc blended with a small amount of Semillon and Viognier. The vineyards for this wine were selected from Knights Valley, Alexander Valley and Russian River Valley in Sonoma County. The fruit from these regions gives the wine the ripe melon, citrus and fig flavors to achieve a blend with a balance of fruit and herbal spice characters.

"This lively and refreshing Fume Blanc offers bright aromas of grapefruit, melon and lemongrass. The Semillon contributes a hint of sweet red apple that combines with the vibrant citrus, fig and spice characters found on the palate, creating a beautifully balanced wine with a long, lingering finish."
-Margo Van Staaveren, Winemaker

"A textural delight, with fresh, vibrant white peach, melon and lemon-lime citrus flavors that are fragrant, fleshy and rich, with a whiff of fresh-cut grass and juicy acidity. The flavors echo on the long finish."
Wine Spectator
91 Points

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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."