Napa’s Beaulieu Vineyard Blends Legacy and Prestige for Exceptional Experiences
We often think of Napa Valley wineries as youngsters, New World sensations that only appeared on the international scene in the 1970s. These assumptions change swiftly the instant we learn about Beaulieu Vineyard (BV), a premier Rutherford-based winery that first planted vineyards in 1903. President Truman poured a Beaulieu Vineyard Burgundy for Queen Juliana of the Netherlands. Generals Eisenhower and MacArthur were also served BV wines at the White House; Winston Churchill and Queen Elizabeth were served Georges de Latour Private Reserve on separate occasions.
BV is far more than a legacy label, however: its recent releases stand out among the finest vintages in the world. The class of 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon exemplifies BV’s dedication to crafting Napa Valley’s most iconic varietal. The 2016 Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon received a 98-point rating from The Wine Advocate. The 2016 Rutherford (92 pts), 2016 Madame de Latour (94 pts), and 2016 Maestro
Oakville (93 pts) Cabernets each showcase the brilliant combination of ideal local growing conditions and the expertise of Trevor Durling, BV’s Chief Winemaker.
BV Le Corps de Latour Wine Club members enjoy the rare opportunity to embrace the past while exploring the present. As a Le Corps member, you receive a quarterly shipment of vintages curated exclusively for the Wine Club. You can also customize your options to fit your specific preferences, as well as set a shipping date that best fits your schedule. Members also receive first access to limited-quantity wines, in addition to a 20% discount on wine and 15% on merchandise purchases whether visiting in person or ordering online. Your benefits continue during visits to the historic Beaulieu Vineyard, beginning with complimentary tastings for you and three guests.
BV is well regarded for tasting experiences that transport visitors into the heart of the winery. The Cabernet Collector Tasting features a flight of four remarkable wines that regularly include a current release such as the Reserve Tapestry Red Blend and the prestigious Georges de Latour Cabernet Sauvignon, among others. Members also receive discounts when upgrading the tasting experience. In addition, members are encouraged to hold personal events at the winery, whether choosing an intimate tasting in the private Club Room or a larger celebration on the patio or bucolic winery grounds.
As a Napa pioneer, Beaulieu Vineyard has always understood the importance of educating others
about exactly what makes Napa Valley and the BV terroir exceptional. No wine has benefited more from “Rutherford Dust” than Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, one of the most coveted wines in America. This distinctive area was first described by the “Maestro,” revolutionary winemaker André Tchelistcheff, who described the early wine as featuring “a whiff of clean dirt with a high-toned note, something like pencil shavings.”
Maestro Tchelistcheff is considered by many to be the most influential winemaker in Napa Valley history. The Russian-born, French-educated viticulture genius was brought from the Old World to the New World by Beaulieu Vineyard founder and owner Georges de Latour, a native Frenchman, who had purchased the four-acre ranch that became Beaulieu Vineyard in 1900. Renowned vineyard estates, BV Ranch No. 1 was added three years later and BV Ranch No. 2 came along in 1910.
De Latour was determined to craft California wines that would rival the finest vintages of Europe, and together with Maestro Tchelistcheff, who mentored many of the premier winemakers in Napa’s colorful history, including Robert Mondavi and Louis Martini, BV successfully achieved this goal with the Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, first released in 1941.
BV continues to educate visitors and Wine Club members from Thursday through Sunday on the tasting room patio. Wine lovers can also arrange virtual release and tasting parties to share in the discovery of a favorite BV red, white, or rosé from within the safe confines of home or office. You can choose from the Introduction to BV Tasting, the Cabernet Collector, or the Napa Valley Tasting experience, or work with a BV wine specialist to curate your personal collection. Le Corps de Latour members receive special discounts on all experiences, be they virtual or on-site.
Long before Napa grew into a world-renowned wine region, Beaulieu Vineyard wines were being served to many of the world’s most celebrated dignitaries. The tradition continues today, as the Georges de Latour
Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon continues to be paired alongside celebratory dinners and special occasions. BV was founded by a visionary, Georges de Latour, and then nurtured by Maestro Tchelistcheff, a brilliant winemaker and educator, and exploring the wine estate in person or virtually remains an essential experience when appreciating the magnificence of the Napa Valley wine region. To know the history of Beaulieu Vineyard is to know the origin story of 800+ wineries in Napa and Sonoma Counties. Visit the BV website to learn more.
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