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3 Horse Ranch Vineyards

Kristen Neff
April 1, 2022 | Kristen Neff

The Story of Beau Geste

Most of you are familiar with our Bordeaux blend Beau Geste.  It has rich, plush, expansive fruit flavors, and a beautiful finish, which is why we all love it. Notes of dark berries (black cherry, currant, and blackberry) blend together with tobacco and vanilla on the finish, making this a truly unforgettable wine.  It is easy to see why Beau Geste has become such a fan favorite, but how many of you know the story of Beau Geste?

First, we need to start with the correct pronunciation of the name! Beau (Bo) Geste (Jest, or like GEST-ure) which translates to beautiful gesture in French. Inspiration for the name came from the movie Beau Gest, one of the main characters is named Michael “Beau” Geste and is played by non-other than Gary Cooper, who Gary Cunningham’s mother was a fan of and where Gary got his name.  The Cunningham’s passion for Bordeaux’s left bank and traditional French style wine making are two unique Characteristics which can be found in all their wines.

Gary Cunningham, not Cooper, has always loved the left bank Bordeaux varietals. Left bank Bordeaux blends are predominantly cabernet sauvignon, with compliments of Merlot, cabernet franc, petit Verdot, and malbec. This contrasts with the right bank blends which are predominantly Merlot with compliments of cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon. Gary started dreaming of having his own Bordeaux blend as far back as 2007 when he wrote the name Beau Geste on a piece of scrap paper which lived on his dresser until 2012 when the dream would finally become a reality. It took 5 years to plant, wait for the vines to mature, harvest, and barrel aging, before he was finally able to claim ownership of his own Bordeaux blend.

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