Virginia’s RdV Vineyard Claims ‘American Grand Cru’ Designation

Big news out of Delaplane, Virginia this week as one of the region’s top wineries nabbed a coveted “American Grand Cru” designation from famed oenologist Eric Boissenot.

RdV Vineyards, located about an hour outside of Washington, has been lauded and lamented for its exclusivity — reservation-only tastings for $120 per person !!? — but no one can deny the place and the pours don’t disappoint.

“Virginia is a magical place and yet one which the wine world consistently underestimates,” Vigneron Rutger de Vink said in a release. “I saw the potential for greatness in this granite hillside and wanted to be a pioneer in helping to put Virginia on the world’s wine map… We’ve spared no expense to achieve what no one else thought possible.”

And its wines of 2019 are on predicted to be some of its best yet.

RdV is set to release their 100% allocated 2019 Lost Mountain on October 29, a world-class Bordeaux-style blend (Cabernet Sauvignon 60%, Cabernet Franc 38%, Merlot 2%) that “marries the elegance of Bordeaux with the bold spirit of California.”

Of this vintage, Eric Boissenot said, “This wine has a great personality… Without a doubt, this vintage is the most successful of the Lost Mountains, which places RdV as a true American Grand Cru.”