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1985 Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 87 WA
  • 95 WS
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon

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SKU: 44056-1985

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$80.00

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  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 87

    A politically correct, safely made Cabernet Sauvignon with enough spice, fruit, body, acidity, and alcohol, but little in the way of thrills or excitement. The 1985 is typical of the recent B.V. Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignons. It remains youthful and will unquestionably keep for another 10-15 years, but I wonder whether anything more will emerge from this highly-structured, sculptured Cabernet?
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

    Superb BV. Dark, with lovely mint, berry, currant and eucalyptus character. Full-bodied and chewy, with a solid tannin structure and a long, minty dark chocolate aftertaste.--Georges de Latour Private Reserve vertical. 18,100 cases made.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Self | Rating: 51

    Author: Gevertz Michael
  • Self | Rating: 89

    Pretty tasty mature California cab. A little musty on the nose, but that's the only problem.
    Author: Brad B.
  • Self | Rating: 75

    Was a great wine a little past it prime. Lost most of its big fruit and is now left a little thin. Still enjoyable but a shadow of what it once was.
    Author: chris06518
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.

Cabernet Sauvignon is a thick-skinned variety that is high in color, flavor, tannin, and body, displaying aromas of black currant, blackberry, violet, bell pepper, and black cherry. It is late-ripening and therefore struggles to grow in cool climates. Quality can vary tremendously depending on terroir, vineyard management, and winemaking style, with the highest quality wines coming from the Haut-Médoc and Graves in Bordeaux, and Napa and Sonoma in California.

The powerful flavors, tannin, and body of Cabernet Sauvignon make it well suited to ageing and allow it to stand up to a large proportion of new oak without overpowering the wine. 225-litre barriques are the most popular size barrel and French oak is commonly used by the best producers to add structural complexity and flavors of chocolate, vanilla, and clove to the nose and palate. The best wines, many of which are below, can age further in the bottle for decades.

Old-World Cabernet Sauvignon is often blended with Merlot, which ripens earlier than Cabernet and adds plum, softer tannin, and lighter body to this Bordeaux blend. These wines typically have earth-driven aromas such as wet leaves and truffle along with bell peppers and leather. First-Growth producers such as Château Lafite-Rothschild, Château Latour, and Château Margaux consistently produce some of the highest-quality Cabernet Sauvignon-based blends.

New-World Cabernet Sauvignon is seen both as a blend and single varietal. Warmer climates and long sunlight hours result in an extended growing season, bearing grapes with richer fruit, bigger tannin, higher alcohol, and lower acidity than their Old-World counterparts. Some of the best expressions of these full-bodied wines come from producers like Screaming Eagle, Hundred Acre, Schrader and Scarecrow.

All Cabernet Sauvignon pairs phenomenally well with meat-forward dishes such as rib-eye steak, short ribs, lamb shank, or a cheeseburger. Vegetable-forward dishes featuring mushrooms are also a great choice for this variety. 

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 537 bottles owned
  • 147 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 72
    (Out of 147 collectors)