Beaulieu Vineyard has celebrated numerous milestones since founder, Georges de Latour and his wife Fernande, landed in Rutherford in 1900. This week, Beaulieu Vineyard will mark another significant milestone with the official celebration of the winery’s 80th anniversary of its first bottling of the notable Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. In honor of the momentous occasion, the 2016 vintage will be sold at the winery and at retailers across the country in a commemorative 80th Anniversary gift box. On Saturday, August 24th Beaulieu Vineyard will host a celebratory dinner aboard the famed Napa Valley Wine train, followed by a year-long consumer experience at the winery tasting room themed around the 80th Georges de Latour Private Reserve Anniversary.
Legendary Beaulieu Vineyard winemaker André Tchelistcheff was certainly on to something in 1938 when he insisted the de Latour family bottle its “private reserve” wine as the winery’s flagship offering. Today, it is a gold standard for Napa Valley Cabernet. Upholding the heritage and spirit of innovation of those who came before him, Beaulieu Vineyard’s chief winemaker Trevor Durling is confident that sommeliers and Beaulieu Vineyard fans alike will delight in the new 2016 vintage.
“We are at a pivotal moment and a very important time in the history of Beaulieu Vineyard,” notes Durling. “The first vintage of Georges de Latour was 1936 and we are now building on that legacy with the release of the 80th vintage. I’m honored to have my name on this label and I believe this is one of the best vintages I’ve had the pleasure to craft in the Napa Valley. Everything we’ve learned in eight decades of winemaking history has allowed us to capture the glorious spirit of this wine, while refining and investing in the vineyards and winemaking technology that contribute so much to its history. It is an honor to be writing the next chapter for such an important wine, and an incredible responsibility that I don’t take lightly.”