Vintage 2016
Wine Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Region Rutherford
Winemaker Trevor Durling
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.

Tasting Notes

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 aging in new French oak barrels, 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.

Vineyard Notes

We hand selected grapes from the finest Cabernet Sauvignon vines on the western bench of the Rutherford AVA in our iconic BV Ranches No. 1 and No. 2, originally planted by Georges de Latour in the early 1900s, in addition to a splash of our finest Malbec within 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 once it arrived to the winery in order to ensure the highest quality selection. These chosen vines are deeply rooted in the well-draining alluvial fan soils of Rutherford, considered one of the finest regions of Napa Valley for Cabernet Sauvignon.

Winemaking Notes

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 aging.

Vintage Note

The extended drought was beginning to cause real concern as the 2016 growing season kicked off, but some welcomed winter rain hinted at the relief to come. After a relatively dry January we enjoyed significant rainfall in February, along 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, right around Labor Day, and continued at a leisurely pace, allowing the grapes to reach full flavor maturity. A traditionally sized harvest followed the lighter showing of 2015, and the extended mild season helped to balance the acids and add complexity to the layers of flavors. Considered a perfect harvest and a winemaker’s dream vintage, conditions were perfect for producing a Cabernet with beautiful fruit as well as tremendous concentration of flavors, highly saturated color, and layers of complexity.
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