Forty-Seven Years Committed - A Clos Du Val Love Story
On the anniversary of a couple celebrating their forty-seventh year of marriage, the traditional gift of choice is one inspired by gardens and plants. How incredibly fitting that forty-seven years after Clos Du Val’s first vintage, we find ourselves still surrounded by estate vineyards that (if we dare say so ourselves) are some of the most sought after in the world. To say this is a love affair would be putting it mildly.
When John and Henrietta Goelet founded Clos Du Val in 1972, it was with deep understanding that when a piece of land is nurtured and developed with the intent to sustain its health and well-being for generations to come, that land will – in turn – take equally good care of those that call it home. It’s our Stags Leap District estate that first allowed us to shine when our inaugural wine, the 1972 Clos Du Val Cabernet Sauvignon, was part of the group of wines that topped the French in the legendary 1976 blind tasting, and it’s the same parcel of land that continues to produce the stunning fruit that goes into our acclaimed wines of today.
However, the love doesn’t just stop there. As with any good relationship, there is so much more earned than just the admiration that is shared between two. The commitment the Goelet’s made, and continue to make, to the Clos Du Val estate is one that has played an integral part in many people’s lives. To all those that have been a part of the Clos Du Val team, to the many that call Napa Valley their home, and to the thousands of guests that have walked through our doors over the generations, Clos Du Val has been a marker for many. For myself, the incredibly special role that wine plays in bringing people together, is one of the most beautiful things about it. From its humble start as clusters of grapes in a dusty vineyard row, to a popped bottle poured into the glasses of people celebrating the most remarkable moments in their life, history has taught us all that it’s the connections that wine allows us to create that is the greatest love of all.