Rombauer Vineyards

Le Meilleur du Chai
2019 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

2021 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 25 | Lot No. 102
Vintage: 2019

Rombauer Vineyards

Le Meilleur du Chai

Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

5 cases produced


  • Le Meilleur du Chai (French for “best of the cellar,”) is the finest Cabernet Sauvignon we produce
  • Chosen from our best barrel lots of the 2019 vintage, your wine is 93% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Petit Verdot
  • Sourced from our esteemed Atlas Peak and Bennett Lane estate vineyards in the Atlas Peak and Calistoga nested appellations
  • Handpicked optically sorted fruit, barrel fermentation, basket pressing and aging 16 months in French oak


It was 1983 when Koerner Rombauer and his winemaker sat down to blend their third vintage of wine. Tasting through the Cabernet Sauvignon lots they realized certain barrels possessed a power and elegance distinct from the rest. They decided to blend and bottle them separately, calling the wine Le Meilleur du Chai, French for “best of the cellar.” “Le Meilleur du Chai is our no holds barred effort to achieve a wine so good it can stand up to the very finest red wines not only in Napa Valley or California, but in the world,” says Second Generation family member, KR Rombauer. “It’s meant to be a transformative wine, a conversation stopper. It nearly defies description.” In 2019, one of the finest vintages of the decade in Napa Valley, Winemaker Richie Allen and his team created a Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated Bordeaux blend sourced from our esteemed, sustainably-farmed estate vineyards in Napa Valley. With layers of dense black cherry, floral raspberry, lifted black currant, toasty vanilla, and fine-grained tannins, our 2019 Le Meilleur du Chai is poised to provide pleasure and contemplation for years to come.

Richie Allen

Winemaker, Rombauer Vineyards

Winemaker, Richie Allen

I've worked as a winemaker in my home country of Australia, as well as in New Zealand, and here in the United States at Rombauer.

Country born: Australia

Education: Bachelor of Science - Deakin University
Graduate Diploma in Oenology - Adelaide University

Years in the wine industry: 10-15 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
Combining traditional and modern practices in both the vineyards and winery to achieve the truest expression of each varietal possible.


4800 Cox Road, Suite 300
Glen Allen  VA  23060

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