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1976 Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 95 WA
  • 87 WS
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon
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SKU: 44056-1976-750

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$180.00

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  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    At present, the 1976 is undoubtedly the greatest B.V. Private Reserve made in the last 30 years. The wine, which has been spectacular from its release, continues to be the richest, most exotic of all the B.V. Private Reserves I have tasted. Did the monumental 1951 resemble this wine at a similar age? The 1976 is full-bodied, with a huge, intoxicating perfume of sweet black and red fruits, earth, Asian spices, roasted herbs, and toasty oak. This massive, full-bodied, super-concentrated, fragrant, alcoholic wine is close to full maturity. It is the quintessential example of the B.V. Private Reserve style - the likes of which has not been made since. It should continue to drink well for another 20 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 87

    Rich, thick and Port-like, with tobacco, berry and raisin aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and an oily, fruity texture. Slightly monolithic.--Georges de Latour Private Reserve vertical. Drink now. 10,300 cases made.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Jim W NYC
  • Self | Rating: 95

    A library release straight from BV?s cellars ? a steal at this price. The cork disintegrated once it came into contact with a corkscrew. Once the big chunks were extracted, a still dark with brownish orange tints at the edge wine revealed itself. The first drought vintage BV was initially dismissed as too brawny and powerful. In 2003, the monster has put on a tuxedo and is ready to perform. Who says California Cabernets can'tage gracefully? Upon opening a gigantic nose streamed from the bottle and glass filling the room with complex ever changing scents of Chinese five spice powder, Rutherford dust, sandalwood, deep black cherry and plummy fruit, white pepper, rhubarb, chlorine, sage, celery salt, and cardamom. Powerfully constituted but with a coolness and grace that can only be achieved by a wine from a noble lineage who has lain untouched for decades. Tannins still show but time has rendered them silky. The finish lasts and lasts. This wine reminds me quite forcefully that the old guard can hold its own and then some when given a chance. Subtle yet hedonistic at the same time. I hope I am still here when the 2001 BV Private Reserve turns 27 years of age in 2028. The 76 easily dispatches the 74 and frankly I prefer it to the 70 and 68. A tour de force that bests any 76 Bordeaux one can throw at it. What a fool Walter Sullivan was when he sold BV to Heublein for a relative pittance over 30 years ago. Drink now to 2011 (probably longer. My last bottle will be consumed in 2026).
    Drink Dates: 2003-2011
    Author: Daniel B
  • Self | Rating: 84

    Historical value only. Those who did not mind a little oxidation professed to enjoy it. No 1970 or 1968.
    Author: Walter Z
  • Self | Rating:

    I'm not going to score this. Drank it on Easter while celebrating my birthday. It was great. It was nice to see a California wine as old as me holding up so well. I don't know how long it will last but it was quite enjoyable.
    Author: Philasinger
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.

California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 235 bottles owned
  • 69 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 91
    (Out of 69 collectors)