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Beaulieu Vineyard Private Reserve Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 1994

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1994 Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Georges de Latour Private Reserve Napa Valley 750ml

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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

Editorial Reviews for Beaulieu Vineyard Private Reserve Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,748
4.00 5
03/04/2009

My 4th place wine/Groups 3rd place wine This started out a bit dank and woodsy with a green oaky element backing the tobacco/forest floor tinged dusty red fruit. A bit soft and blocky on the palate with nice dark cherry fruit touched with a hint of funghi. This is fairly tannic yet retains a lovely lean elegant appeal. I really enjoyed the mouthfeel here. 91pts


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Snooth User: Steeb
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3.50 5
01/22/2009

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Beaulieu Vineyard Private Reserve Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

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Source: WineGlobe.com
01/29/2009

Complex floral, black cherry, spice and currant aromas lead to a rich, polished, deftly balanced wine offering mature hints of anise and sage, and finishing with a long, lingering aftertaste that's supple and elegant



1994 Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Georges de Latour Private Reserve Napa Valley 750ml

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