2003 BV - Georges de Latour Private Reserve 750ml

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2003 BV - Georges de Latour Private Reserve

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The 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Georges de Latour Private Reserve (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) performed well. It reveals a dense ruby/purple hue along with subtle aromas of vanillin, black currants and damp earth. This medium-bodied, elegant, fully mature 2003 would benefit from more texture and stuffing, but what is there is pure and well-made. It just lacks some personality and richness. It should continue to drink well for a decade.

Drink Dates: 2013-2023
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 207

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Score: 92
Author: warnblinker
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 01/29/2012
Score: 88
Author: Wes B
Tasted On: 12/14/2010
wasn't overly impressed
Score: 92
Author: gotwine
Trust Rating: 86
Tasted On: 12/13/2009
Score: 95
Author: JoyLovesWine
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 09/29/2009
winemaker's notes: WS review 95 ABOUT THE WINE Georges de Latour is the classic, original Reserve California wine. Aged 20 months in oak, it reflects many decades' experience with our historic vineyards in Napa. Hand-harvested fruit, whole berries, careful but vigorous extraction during fermentation and gentle handling throughout provide a wine for the ages. This wine is nearly opaque black-ruby color with purple highlights. The aromas show strength of black fruits, licorice, black pepper and minerals, with Rutherford accents of black olive, peppercorn and dark cherry. Full-bodied in texture, this wine has pronounced, dense and concentrated flavors of black currant, anise, sweet vanilla and distinctive minerality. The rich tannins are balanced by medium acidity providing freshness. Deeply full of character, this vintage will require 7 to 9 years aging to reach maturity, yet tastes fine now; it is an excellent example of the vintage. ABOUT THE VINEYARDS Georges de Latour Cabernet Sauvignon showcases our best fruit, primarily derived from the original BV vineyards in Rutherford, now enhanced by a high percentage of unique clones with stronger flavors, like Clone 6, Clone 4 and Clone 337. These vineyards and a few others in Oakville and St. Helena are moderate- to low-yielding sites with gravelly-loam soils and ideal drainage for Cabernet Sauvignon. ABOUT THE VINTAGE The 2003 vintage was a season of contrasts-a cool wet spring, then warm late May, cool June-July and wet August, followed by heat waves in September-October leading to a late harvest finale in November! The even pace of harvest allowed us to pick fruit at optimum maturity. The quality of the late-picked grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon was excellent. The extended summer-like weather in fall was ultimately the key factor in producing high quality fruit this vintage.
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Author: Lord Azrael
Tasted On: 05/25/2009
A gorgeous wine, exquisitely structured and beautifully smooth. The bouquet is rich with baked plums, cinnamon and clove, with hints of mocha and anise. The anise persists on the palate, joined by notes of toffee, blackberries and spice. Soft tannins accentuate the mouthfeel. The finish is smooth and persistant. I purchased this wine in 2006 and aged it for about two and a half years. It was well worth the wait.
More Vintages and Sizes of BV - Georges de Latour Private Reserve:

2007 (750ml)
2004 (750ml)
2001 (750ml)

About This Producer


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. Today the winery continues to turn to innovative practices to craft wines in a bold, classic style. They have become a leader in clonal research, and the BV Clone Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon wines are highly acclaimed. Most recently a new state-of-the-art winery was completed within one of the 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.

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