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Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve Georges de Latour 2011

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Winemaker Notes - The notably cool 2011 growing season slowed ripening, which fostered complex mineral and floral nuances in the deep fruit expression of our 2011 Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. We took extreme care in selecting only the finest lots of this small vintage for our flagship wine. The wine opens with layered aromas of crushed blackberries, dark cherries, bittersweet chocolate and violet. The elegant dark-fruit flavors, supported by firm, supple tannins, pick up distinctive minerality on the palate. Nuances of toffee and toasted oak spices, from aging in 94 percent new French oak barrels, add even more complexity.

Beaulieu Vineyard:
"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

Member Reviews for Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve Georges de Latour

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Snooth User: Fred Swan
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09/11/2014

Upon first opening, ripe blackberry, spice, toasted cedar and vanilla rise from the glass. With extended air, aromas of forest spice and game meat emerge and gain prominence. The body is medium-plus with light-grained and chalky tannins nearly balanced by acidity. The blackberry tastes more piquant than it smelled and dark chocolate adds a counterpoint. 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot

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External Reviews for Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve Georges de Latour

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Source: We Speak Wine
11/04/2014

Delightfully pure and flavorful, with generous plum, blueberry and blackberry notes, framed by solid yet friendly tannins. Most impressive on the finish, where the flavors sail on. Best from 2014 through 2025. 7,400 cases made. JL - Wine Spectator Magazine 93 PointsThe strongest vintage since the 2007 is the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve Georges de Latour. This beautifully ripe wine boasts a dense ruby/purple color along with abundant notes of cassis, kirsch, cedarwood, foresty and background vanilla notes, a full-bodied mouthfeel, and moderately high tannins. Given the richer fruit concentration, the tannins are easily balanced and do not interfere with currant drinkability or the potential for the wine to be cellared for two decades or more. - Robert Parker 93 PointsIts young, dry, tight and tannic, although theres obviously a core of ripe black currant and cherry fruit. To evaluate this wine properly, you have to know its history as one of Napas most ageable Cabernets. Still, its not a great Georges. Hold until 2008 through 2010, but it could surprise. - S.H. - Wine Enthusiast Magazine 92 Points



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Winemaker Notes - The notably cool 2011 growing season slowed ripening, which fostered complex mineral and floral nuances in the deep fruit expression of our 2011 Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. We took extreme care in selecting only the finest lots of this small vintage for our flagship wine. The wine opens with layered aromas of crushed blackberries, dark cherries, bittersweet chocolate and violet. The elegant dark-fruit flavors, supported by firm, supple tannins, pick up distinctive minerality on the palate. Nuances of toffee and toasted oak spices, from aging in 94 percent new French oak barrels, add even more complexity.

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