Wine Club of the Week
Beaulieu Vineyard, the home of the renowned visionary Georges de Latour, celebrates a historic milestone this year, its 118th anniversary. In 1900, when Georges de Latour’s wife, Fernande, first laid eyes on the land that would become their original Rutherford vineyard, she named it “beau lieu,” or “beautiful place.” Shortly thereafter, de Latour bought the four-acre ranch and founded Beaulieu Vineyard with the vision of making Napa Valley wines that would rival those of his native France. De Latour quickly made a name for himself by importing Phylloxeraresistant rootstock from Europe to the recently-ravaged fledgling California wine industry. He also began selling wine to the Catholic Church, establishing a strong relationship that would allow Beaulieu Vineyard to become the only Napa Valley winery to remain in business during Prohibition. In fact, during Prohibition the winery increased its business. After the repeal in 1933, de Latour began searching for someone who could contribute European winemaking expertise. In 1938, he traveled to France and returned with André Tchelistcheff, the famed viticulturist and innovative enologist. Tchelistcheff introduced cold fermentation for white wines, malolactic fermentation for reds and aging red wines in small, French oak barrels. He also insisted that the de Latour family’s private Cabernet-based wine – what they called “Private Reserve” – be bottled and sold as the winery’s flagship offering. The result was the inaugural 1936 vintage of the Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, a wine that was destined to become Napa Valley’s first “cult” Cabernet.
On August 25th, Beaulieu Vineyard will celebrate the anticipated release of the 2015 Private Reserve Georges de Latour Cabernet Sauvignon. There will be a special tasting of past vintages and the current release 2015 Private Reserve Georges de Latour on the Reserve Patio. Wine club members with reservations are invited to enjoy the private Club Room, located across the parking lot from the Reserve Winery. This exclusive area provides members with a comfortable and elegant atmosphere in which to enjoy newly released Beaulieu wines and learn more about the history of BV. A wine educator leads members through exclusive tastings of the wines including many of the renowned Reserve tier wines such as the 2014 Carneros Reserve Pinot Noir, 2014 Tapestry Reserve and the flagship 2014 Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.
For more than 118 years, Beaulieu Vineyard has set the standard for crafting California wines that stand among the world’s finest. Beaulieu’s rich history and storied vineyards offer the visitor a unique opportunity to experience the finest of Napa Valley.
Le Corps de Latour wine club
As a member of the Beaulieu Vineyard Le Corps de Latour wine club, you’ll receive selections of our finest Reserve wines every quarter and experience the ultimate that BV has to offer.
• Receive bottles of our Limited Release and Reserve wines, including the coveted Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon every quarter, $275 average value per shipment plus tax and shipping
• 20% member discount on all your BV favorites, 15% off merchandise
• Personal concierge service for wine purchases with exclusive offers and much more Invitations to exclusive wine club member only events
• Complimentary quarterly newsletter
For additional information about our Le Corps de Latour Club, please call 1-800-373-5896 or e-mail us at