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.
“Wonderful aromas of blackcurrants, black berries and ink pot. Ripe fruit, too. Aromatic. Full-bodied with round tannins and a delicious, juicy finish. Flamboyant and joyful. 76% cabernet sauvignon and 24% malbec. Drink or hold.” - James Suckling, May 4, 2022
Our 2018 Madame de Latour is an elegant expression of an exceptional vintage. The powerful nose is layered with cassis, black cherry, wild sage, rose and violet. Subtle barrel notes of clove and espresso are also present and add incredible complexity to the aroma and flavor profile. On the palate there is a dense, plush core with a bounty of juicy, perfectly ripe black fruits, dried herb, and dark chocolate. The rich and velvety mouthfeel and fine-grained tannins integrate seamlessly with the fresh acidity to create an infinitely balanced wine with a 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 Napa Valley region enjoyed a stunning, near picture-perfect 2018 growing season including good winter rains, mild spring weather and steady temperatures throughout that allowed for even flowering and bud break. These ideal growing conditions were followed by a cool, even and slow-paced harvest which allowed the winery to vinify wines at a gentle pace. The resulting 2018 Cabernets are of very high quality with plenty of concentrated flavors, color and excellent acidity.
Beaulieu Vineyard Winemaker Trevor Durling, presides as only the fifth winemaker in the winery’s 119-year history. A native Californian, Trevor was raised in Sonoma County, the heart of Northern California’s wine country. With a love of agriculture, science and cuisine, Trevor pursued his studies at the University of California Davis in the Viticulture and Enology program. As winemaker at Beaulieu Vineyard, Trevor incorporates his passion for creating fine wines, while preserving the heritage and legacy of Beaulieu Vineyard.
After hand harvesting, the grapes were immediately delivered to the winery. The grapes were destemmed and cold soaked 5 days to gently ease color and flavor. During the roughly 12-day fermentation, timely pump overs kept the skins in contact with the juice for excellent flavor and tannin extraction. The wine spent 20 months in 94% new French oak barrels giving the final wine softened tannins and beautiful toasty barrel notes.
|Blend||Varietal Composition: 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Malbec|
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