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Date Printed: 4/1/2015
Chateau St. Jean Fume Blanc 2006
Chateau St. Jean Fume Blanc 2006
(search item no. 91514)
The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 4/1/2015: $10.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
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
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
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:

This Fumé Blanc is Sauvignon Blanc blended with a small amount of Semillon and Viognier. The components remained separate throughout the winemaking process and were blended together to add complexity to the final wine. The majority of the wine (74%) was tank fermented to retain the forward fruit flavors. The remaining 26% of the blend was barrel fermented in a combination of French (16%) and American oak (10%) and aged sur lie.

"Crisp and refreshing, this Fumé Blanc offers fragrant aromas of green tea, lemongrass and lemon meringue pie. Flavors of grapefruit, spice and wet stone combine with lively acidity, creating a beautifully balanced wine with a lingering lemon zest finish."
- Margo Van Staaveren, Winemaker

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About Chateau St. Jean:

Founded in 1973 in the Sonoma Valley, Chateau St. Jean is the quintessential Sonoma winery. Chateau St. Jean produces an extensive portfolio of Sonoma County wines as well as vineyard designated wines, limited production Reserve wines, and the flagship Cinq Cépages Cabernet Sauvignon. Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren uses her more than 30 years of vineyard and winemaking expertise with Chateau St. Jean to continue the tradition of highlighting the best of each vineyard site to produce exceptional wines. Chateau St. Jean was the first Sonoma winery to be awarded the prestigious “Wine of the Year” award from Wine Spectator Magazine for its 1996 Cinq Cépages, a Bordeaux style blend of “five varieties” and has long been recognized as a leader in vineyard designated wines.