Chateau St. Jean
2008 Sonoma Valley Estate Vineyard Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Franc •St. Jean Estate
California: Sonoma Valley
Today’s Chateau St. Jean 2008 Sonoma Valley Estate Vineyard Cabernet Franc is a truly extraordinary gem of a wine. We did everything that we could to secure an ample allotment, but we were only able to come away with just a handful of cases.
This fantastic Franc melds old world French winemaking sensibilities with the more modern new world American stylings of St. Jean. The Franc is a blending component of the winery’s flagship Cinq Cépages, which is an incredible wine in its own right. What a joy it is to enjoy the same Franc that is in that wine - but all on its own.
Hurry, though, there isn’t very much of this great wine left!
Deepest, darkest garnet at its heart, slowly transitioning to a lovely red ruby edge.
Absolutely lovely and aromatic, with reduced dark fruit of blackberry and sweet plum, tobacco, sweetwood, dried blueberry, black pepper, and sage.
Well balanced and tremendously delicious, with a dark fruit compote of boysenberry, black currant, and black cherry laid overtop sweet tobacco leaf, cassis, black peppercorn, espresso bean, clove, and a touch of rosemary.
Long and lasting, the finish is highlighted by fantastic structure and grippy tannins. A tremendous wine done in a classic Old-World Style!
With a classic French-style wine, we recommend a classic French meal of duck à l’orange.
What the Winery Says
The wine offers bright aromas of blueberry, boysenberry and lavender and is very inviting. These blueberry and boysenberry aromas follow through to the juicy palate along with additional notes of fine chocolate and baking spice flavors. The well-structured wine has integrated, smooth tannins that add complexity. This Cabernet Franc is balanced and offers an extended, flavorful finish.
- Margo Van Staaveren
- Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
- St. Jean Estate Vineyard
- Fruit Variety
- 100% Cabernet Franc
About the Winery
2011 marked Margo Van Staaveren’s 32nd harvest at Chateau St. Jean. During her long tenure with the winery, Margo has played a pivotal role in every facet of the winemaking process. As winemaker, she makes the final decisions involving blend and style to produce consistently high quality wines in the super premium and luxury category.
Margo is a firm believer that great wines are grown - a conviction she shares with the Chateau founders who led the way for Chateau St. Jean to become a pioneer of vineyard designated wines in the early 1970s. To achieve Chateau St. Jean vineyard designation, the superior quality of the vineyards must be proven year after year and the grapes must consistently exhibit exceptional varietal character.
The art of blending is the cornerstone of Margo’s winemaking philosophy. To her, one of the greatest accomplishments is to create a wine style or signature blend that carries from vintage to vintage while still capturing the uniqueness of that particular growing year.
One of the things she enjoys most about her job is putting together the final blend for the Reserve wines. “Since no two vintages are alike, it gives us the opportunity to carefully search for the vineyard lots that offer the biggest fruit expression and the ability to age in order to create a wine that truly captures the best of the vintage,” says Margo. The Reserve wines represent the most concentrated, distinctive and balanced wines made at Chateau St. Jean.