Just arrived in stock I am pleased to offer one of the old Iconic names of Napa Valley.
When the people think of Iconic wines in the context of California wine, producers such as Harlan or Dominus come to mind. Yet long before Bill Harlan or Christian Mouex made their respective marks in Napa Valley, Beaulieu Vineyard’s Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon was an extraordinary wine. Beaulieu was founded in 1900 by George de Latour of Bordeaux and his wife Fernande in Rutherford. Before long Latour began expanding, buying up large swaths of adjacent land, planting vineyards and making his own wine.
It was in 1938 when Latour hired André Tchelistcheff as winemaker that cemented the trajectory of Beaulieu for decades to come. Originally from Russia, Tchelistcheff brought a level of expertise and scientific rigor that was sorely lacking at the time and he immediately convinced Latour to bottle and sell what was literally the family reserve under the label Georges de Latour Private Reserve. This single action birthed what quickly became a benchmark of California Cabernet Sauvignon. Since then the winery has changed ownership, sold vineyards and had its ups and downs. Now they are firmly back on track making some very good wines without the prices of the other Napa Icons. In 2019 Lisa Perrotti-Brown did a retrospective tasting of 1965-2016 (The Wine Advocate, End of May 2019) with many of the wines getting significant upgrades.
The wine offered today is the 2016 vintage.It is the highest scored and most consistent vintage in the last 10 years from Beaulieu .
As follows, cases 6 x 75cl, 2016 Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Georges de Latour Private Reserve @ £650.00 per case 6 IB
97 points……”Blended of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot matured for 22 months in French oak, 90% new, this vintage has an alcohol level of 14.9%. Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve Georges de Latour is still incredibly youthful. Sporting notions of cedar and cinnamon toast to begin, the nose opens out to beautiful notes of warm cassis, crushed red and black plums and kirsch with floral hints of roses and candied violets. Sparks of crushed rocks and cast iron pan plus a touch of dried herbs emerge with coaxing. Full-bodied, rich, bold and energetic in the mouth, the palate reveals a very firm backbone of ripe, grainy tannins and seamless freshness, finishing very long with beautiful mineral accents. To be released in autumn 2019, 8,400 cases were made.”- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate
Also 98 points….”The intensity of fruit in the nose is so impressive with blackberries, blackcurrants and lavender. Extremely aromatic. Full-bodied, tight and focused with polished and chewy tannins. Blackberries, currants, walnuts and hazelnuts on the palate. Solid core of fruit and ripe tannins.” – James Suckling, jamessuckling.com
Wines are offered under Bond, available immediately. Let me know what is of interest and I will confirm.
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