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Sherry-Lehmann USD 1600.00 1500ml

Beaulieu Vineyards "Rarity" Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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"I suppose there are few of them, but anyone lucky to get hold of the 2013 Georges de Latour Private Reserve Le Coeur (which is only available in magnums) is in for a remarkable wine. Flirting with perfection, and probably the greatest BV Private Reserve made since 1970, 1968 and 1951, this wine is magical. Inky purple/black, with a gorgeous nose of pen ink, cedar wood, vanillin, crème de cassis, and blacker fruits, there’s some forest floor, full-bodied richness, and super-high extract and tannins. It is a massive wine, highly extracted, and built for long, long-term cellaring. Forget it for a good 5-6 years and drink it over the following 50+ years. There has certainly been a qualitative uptick in the wines of this historic winery in Rutherford. It is most noticeable in their flagship wine, the BV Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, and in 2013 they added magnums of a special cuvée with a longer élevage called Le Coeur, which will probably be the greatest BV Cabernet Sauvignon made since some of their legendary wines such as the 1951, 1968 and 1970." -Robert Parker, Wine Advocate *(99 Points)*

Region: USA » California » Napa » Rutherford

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Color: Red
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
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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

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"I suppose there are few of them, but anyone lucky to get hold of the 2013 Georges de Latour Private Reserve Le Coeur (which is only available in magnums) is in for a remarkable wine. Flirting with perfection, and probably the greatest BV Private Reserve made since 1970, 1968 and 1951, this wine is magical. Inky purple/black, with a gorgeous nose of pen ink, cedar wood, vanillin, crème de cassis, and blacker fruits, there’s some forest floor, full-bodied richness, and super-high extract and tannins. It is a massive wine, highly extracted, and built for long, long-term cellaring. Forget it for a good 5-6 years and drink it over the following 50+ years. There has certainly been a qualitative uptick in the wines of this historic winery in Rutherford. It is most noticeable in their flagship wine, the BV Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, and in 2013 they added magnums of a special cuvée with a longer élevage called Le Coeur, which will probably be the greatest BV Cabernet Sauvignon made since some of their legendary wines such as the 1951, 1968 and 1970." -Robert Parker, Wine Advocate *(99 Points)*

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