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Beaulieu Georges de Latour Cabernet 2008

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The deep aromas and expansive flavors are filled with blackberry, cassis, dark plum, mocha, black licorice and sweet, toasted oak spices. Barrel fermentation of a portion of the must (crushed grapes) in French oak barrels resulted in early integration of the opulent dark-fruit and new-oak character. This technique also enhanced the dense, rich texture and gave suppleness to the muscular tannins, while retaining long aging potential.

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"Beau lieu" - A Beautiful Story about a Beautiful Place In 1900, when Georges de Latour's wife, Fernande, first laid eyes on the land that would become their original Rutherford vineyard, she named it "beau lieu," or "beautiful place." Shortly thereafter, de Latour sold his thriving cream of tartar business, bought the four-acre ranch and founded Beaulieu Vi... Read more
"Beau lieu" - A Beautiful Story about a Beautiful Place In 1900, when Georges de Latour's wife, Fernande, first laid eyes on the land that would become their original Rutherford vineyard, she named it "beau lieu," or "beautiful place." Shortly thereafter, de Latour sold his thriving cream of tartar business, bought the four-acre ranch and founded Beaulieu Vineyard with the vision of making Napa Valley wines that would rival those of his native France. De Latour quickly made a name for himself by importing Phylloxera-resistant rootstock from Europe to the recently-ravaged fledgling California wine industry. He also began selling wine to the Catholic Church, establishing a strong relationship that would allow Beaulieu Vineyard to become the only Napa Valley winery to remain in business during Prohibition. In fact, during Prohibition the winery increased its business. After the repeal in 1933, de Latour began searching for someone who could contribute European winemaking expertise. In 1938, he traveled to France and returned with André Tchelistcheff, famed viticulturist and enologist who instituted the philosophy of continuous innovation in vineyard and winery to which we remain dedicated today. Tchelistcheff introduced cold fermentation for white wines, malolactic fermentation for reds and aging red wines in small, French oak barrels. He also tasted the de Latour family's private wine-what they called "Private Reserve"-from the 1936 vintage. This Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine was so distinctive that Tchelistcheff insisted it be bottled and sold as the winery's flagship offering. The result was the inaugural release of Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, a wine that was destined to become Napa Valley's first "cult" Cabernet. Today we continue to turn to innovative practices to craft wines in our bold, classic style. We have become a leader in clonal research, and our BV Clone Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon wines are highly acclaimed. Most recently we completed a new state-of-the-art winery within one of our original buildings. The Georges de Latour Private Reserve Winery utilizes the latest technology in combination with time-honored traditions for the production of this exceptional, wine-the longtime benchmark of Rutherford Cabernet. Read less

External Reviews for Beaulieu Georges de Latour Cabernet

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
08/04/2012

Impressive for its stylish delicacy, finesse and subtle details, this firm red offers complex loamy earth, cherry, currant and plum flavors that build and gain traction on the finish, where the tannins have a pleasing loamy edge. Drink now through 20... Wine Spectator. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2008 Beaulieu Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve Georges de Latour 750ml


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Source: NapaCabs.com
10/17/2011

Winemakers Notes - Handcrafted with cutting-edge winemaking worthy of our highest quality grapes, the 2008 Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon displays exceptionally complex, harmonious flavors. The deep aromas and expansive flavors are filled with blackberry, cassis, dark plum, mocha, black licorice and sweet, toasted oak spices.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/19/2013

Beaulieu has hit the gong again with its flagship bottling. Its ripeness and high oak may offend some, but they do not hide the wines so very handsome Rutherford character with its reliance on currants, black cherry and sweet loam with, in this case... Connoisseurs Guide. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2008 Beaulieu Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve Georges de Latour 750ml


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
08/03/2012

Another brilliant offering is the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Georges de Latour Private Reserve. It possesses a dense ruby/purple color along with terrific structure, lots of creme de cassis, minerality, beautiful purity of black currants and cherries, a... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2008 Beaulieu Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve Georges de Latour 750ml


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Source: We Speak Wine
01/03/2013

Another brilliant offering is the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Georges de Latour Private Reserve. It possesses a dense ruby/purple color along with terrific structure, lots of creme de cassis, minerality, beautiful purity of black currants and cherries, a judicious touch of oak, and a full-bodied, structural profile that is almost Bordeaux-like. This complete, rich and promising effort should be a 25-30-year wine. Bright, deep ruby-red. Enticing violet perfume lifts the pure aromas of cassis, mocha and exotic spices. Creamy, lush and deep, but with a lovely light touch for such a rich wine. More red fruits than black in the mouth. Utterly seductive, beautifully balanced cabernet with a very subtle yet palate-staining finish featuring thoroughly buffered tannins. Even more palate-caressing than the 2009, but also built for a graceful evolution in bottle. It's young, dry, tight and tannic, although there's obviously a core of ripe black curra...



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The deep aromas and expansive flavors are filled with blackberry, cassis, dark plum, mocha, black licorice and sweet, toasted oak spices. Barrel fermentation of a portion of the must (crushed grapes) in French oak barrels resulted in early integration of the opulent dark-fruit and new-oak character. This technique also enhanced the dense, rich texture and gave suppleness to the muscular tannins, while retaining long aging potential.

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