Wine Advocate 90 points - The 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Georges de Latour Private Reserve is not the biggest, richest, most formidable example of this cuvee yet it possesses a beautifully restrained, balanced elegance that is neither pushed nor contrived. The color is a healthy dark ruby/plum and the nose offers up notes of underbrush, loamy soil and earth. The fruit veers toward red and blackberries, and the wine is close to full maturity. It is soft enough to be drunk now, but its impeccable balance will propel it over the next 10-15 years. (Apr 2014)
Wine Spectator 86 points - Rich, dense and chewy, with earthy currant, herb, cedar and dried berry flavors that are intense and concentrated, offering a dash of anise and dry oak before the tannins sweep in. Decant or cellar short term. Best from 2008 through 2013. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 10,500 cases made. –JL (Nov 15 2007)
The 1936 Georges de Latour Private Reserve, Napa Valley’s first reserve wine, gained international recognition.
Grapes selected from the finest blocks of our historic BV vineyards on the Rutherford Bench.
Splash of Petit Verdot added violet nuances and structure.
Our flagship wine—for life’s most important celebrations.
|The deep roots of Beaulieu Vineyard were first planted back in 1900, when founder Georges de Latour noticed similarities with his native Bordeaux and declared the Napa Valley ideal for winemaking. He followed up on this belief by planting vineyards in Rutherford with grafted, phylloxera-resistant French vines. The Cabernet Sauvignons that de Latour crafted from these grapes gave the world its first taste of California’s promise as a world-class winemaking region. In 1938 de Latour hired the young Russo-French enologist Andre Tchelistcheff, who would become California’s most distinguished winemaker. Tchelistcheff’s knowledge of traditional French techniques and willingness to experiment in local conditions brought BV the Grand Sweepstakes Award at the Golden Gate International Exposition, and led to the creation of Napa Valley’s first reserve wine, Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.