In 1900, when Georges de Latour’s wife, Fernande, first laid eyes on the land that would become their original Rutherford vineyard, she exclaimed, “quel beau lieu,” or “what a beautiful place.” Following her husband’s death in 1940, Madame de Latour took over management of the vineyards and winery for nearly thirty years. With a head for business, an exceptional palate for fine wines, and a passion for elegant entertaining, Madame de Latour set the standard for generations to come. This structured yet graceful red blend honors our extraordinary matriarch.
“This is only the second bottling of this blend of cabernet sauvignon and malbec. Full-bodied, yet refined and polished with softness and beauty. Plenty of dark berries and light vanilla. Some sandalwood, too. Drink or hold.” - James Suckling, February 2020
Only crafted in exceptional years, this second vintage of the 2016 Madame de Latour Red is truly expressive on the nose with a beautiful floral character and a style full of finesse and elegance. The wine reveals perfumed notes of violets and red rose petal, alongside dark black cherry, black raspberry, black currant and cassis. Hints of star anise, cinnamon and clove are also present. On the palate, a bounty of juicy, ripe red fruits come through as dark raspberry, dark cherry and plum, finishing with a dense, plush core of dark chocolate and mocha. The mouthfeel is rich and velvety with fine grained tannins that seamlessly integrate with the fresh acidity, adding layers of complexity and balance. Well integrated notes of vanilla and toasted oak spices, from new French oak barrel aging, heighten the aromas and contribute to the lengthy, mouthwatering finish. To enjoy this wine at its full potential, we recommend two to five years of bottle ageing; however, if you can’t wait, decant before serving.
The extended drought was causing concern as the 2016 growing season began, but welcomed winter rain hinted relief. After a relatively dry January we enjoyed significant February rainfall, with mild temperatures. Bud break was early, but was slowed by heavy April showers. While still early by historical standards, picking began about a week later than 2015, around Labor Day, and continued leisurely, allowing the grapes reach flavor maturity. A traditionally sized harvest followed the lighter 2015, and the extended mild season balanced acids and added complexity to the flavor layers. Considered a perfect harvest and a winemaker’s dream vintage, conditions produced a Cabernet with beautiful fruit as well as tremendous concentration of flavors, highly saturated color, and complexity.
Grapes were hand selected from the finest Cabernet Sauvignon vines on the western bench of Rutherford AVA in our iconic BV Ranches No. 1 and No. 2, in addition to a splash of our finest Malbec from our estate vineyards to complete this unique blend. We focused on clonal selections which yield small berries promoting intense, long-lived wines. The fruit was handpicked and optically sorted at the winery to ensure the highest quality selection.
Crafted at our state-of-the-art winery, dedicated exclusively to the Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, the Madame de Latour is fermented in 90% new French oak barrels which provides early integration into the blend and enhances the dense, rich texture. The balance of the must was fermented in stainless steel fermenters which preserves the freshness of the fruit. Following judicious extended skin contact and in-barrel malolactic fermentation, the wine was pressed and returned to barrels for ageing.
Jeffrey Stambor joined the Beaulieu Vineyard winemaking team in 1989 as a viticulturist/enologist. As the current director of winemaking, he leads production of the winery’s world-renowned Georges de Latour Cabernet Sauvignon, and presided over the harvest and vinification of 2013 Rarity – the extremely limited release Cabernet Sauvignon blend. He is only the fourth director of winemaking in Beaulieu Vineyard’s history, and the third to craft Georges de Latour Private Reserve over the 77-year history of that iconic wine following Andre Tchelistcheff, the original winemaker, and his immediate predecessor, Joel Aiken.
|Oak Treatment||Aged 20 months in French oak (90% new)|
|Blend||95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Malbec|