2014 Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Georges de Latour Private Reserve
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale: $118.94 (was: $134.94)
Georges de Latour's Beaulieu Vineyard Private Reserve is “one of the historic names in California winedom” per Robert Parker, and examples from the 1950s through the 1970s are still drinking beautifully today.
Over the past decade, this estate and its iconic Private Reserve Cabernet have seen a bit of a renaissance. Robert Parker wrote just a few years ago, “it’s time to once again fill your cellars with the BV Private Reserve.” Earning 97 points from the Wine Advocate, the 2014 Private Reserve is sourced from Napa's Rutherford AVA, where founder Georges de Latour planted the original vineyards in 1900. First made in 1938 shortly after Prohibition was lifted, it's undoubtedly one of California's great original Cabernets.
It's understandable if you haven't been paying attention to BV Cabernets lately, as it's been decades since this estate lived up to the history behind it. Greater and greater attention has been placed on the quality of the wine here recently, and international star oenologist Michel Rolland of Bordeaux fame is now working exclusively on the 'Private Reserve' program, seriously elevating the quality of this legendary cuvee.
With over 90% Cabernet Sauvignon rounded out with Petit Verdot and Merlot, the 2014 is a phenomenal vintage for the BV and described by Galloni as “ripe, silky and wonderfully nuanced.” California's run of extraordinary vintage continued in 2014, with Cabernet taking “center stage” (Wine Enthusiast).
With the BV Private Reserved deservedly back in the limelight, Cab lovers will definitely want to stock up on this once and future classic! Cheers!