NAPA, Calif., Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- In 1936 Georges and Fernande de Latour, founders of Beaulieu Vineyard, harvested the grapes that became the inaugural vintage of Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet, Napa's Benchmark Cabernet. Throughout the years, Beaulieu Vineyard has continued to foster and use the same remarkable, heirloom vineyards and handcrafted techniques that made this wine one of the most collected Cabernets. Today, Beaulieu Vineyard is releasing the 70th Anniversary vintage of this American Classic, the 2006 Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (SRP $110).
"Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon remains the ultimate artistic expression of Cabernet Sauvignon at BV and sets the standard for great California wines," said Jeffrey Stambor, BV Winemaker. "This wine was first created in 1936 to honor founder Georges de Latour, and with each release we commemorate his vision and passion for excellence."
Since its beginning, Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon has been sourced from the famed vineyards, BV Ranch #1 and BV Ranch #2. The first and second vineyards the de Latours purchased, these legendary vineyards help develop complex flavors because of their optimal location on the Rutherford Bench.
With the 2006 vintage the BV winemaking team, led by Stambor, has continued its tradition of innovation. Experimentations with small lot fermentation, a portion of which is executed in-barrel, during the 2006 vintage led to the creation of the Georges de Latour Private Reserve Winery. Opened in time for the 2008 harvest, the Georges de Latour Private Reserve Winery is a self-contained, state-of-the-art winemaking facility dedicated solely to the production of BV's flagship wine, Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. The new winery allows even greater focus and attention on quality for a wine that has long set the standard for Napa Valley.
"I've always said our legendary vineyards are my first love," Stambor continued, "but having a brand new state-of-the-art winery is a dream come true for a winemaker. This facility helps me achieve complex, yet balanced wines that reflect the true character of our renowned vineyards."
Beaulieu Vineyard 2006 Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon will be available at fine wine shops across the country and online at www.BVwines.com.
About Beaulieu Vineyard
Beaulieu Vineyard wine is produced by Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines (DC&E), part of Diageo (Dee-AH-Gee-O); the world's leading premium drinks business. DC&E produces and markets premium wines from around the globe including Napa Valley, Sonoma, the California Central Coast, Washington, France, New Zealand and Australia. Brands include: Sterling Vineyards, Sterling Vintner's Collection, Chalone Vineyard, Acacia Vineyard, Edna Valley Vineyard and Provenance Vineyards as well as the French wines of Barton & Guestier. DC&E is also a leading importer of classified Bordeaux and Burgundy estate-bottled wines and F.E. Trimbach.
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