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1996 Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve

  • 88 WA
  • 91 WS
  • 88 IWC
  • 85 JR
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon
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SKU: 44056-1996

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  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 88

    Beaulieu's flagship, the 1996 Cabernet Sauvignon Georges de Latour Private Reserve, exhibits a deep ruby/purple color as well as aggressive toasty new oak, medium body, and firm tannin. The noticeable acidity exacerbates the firmness and tannic structure. Although very good, possibly excellent, it needs 2-4 years of cellaring. It should keep for 15-20 years. This wine needs more mid-palate as well as additional layers of flavor. Less acidification would open up the wine's texture.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 88

    Bright ruby-red. Quintessential Napa Valley aromas of cassis, tar, menthol, dried herbs, chocolate and Rutherford dust. Rather grapey flavors of cassis and spicy, cedary oak, complicated by an herbal note. Finishes rather tannic and a bit tough. Does this have enough flesh for its structure?
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: November/December 2000
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

    Gushing with berry and new wood character--perhaps a bit too much--but it's rich and powerful, with lots of good tannins and a long finish. Definitely a modern-style Napa Cab.--Georges de Latour Private Reserve vertical. 13,000 cases made.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    Sweet and oaky aromas followed by rich fruit and dry, structured tannins.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
    Issue: 37563
  • Self | Rating: 94

    A true Bordelais style wine. Still great fruit with softened yet firm Tannins. Some spice...all around would swear its a 1st Growth Premier Cru.
    Author: BrantS
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Decanted for 1 hour. Outstanding with NY Strip. Smooth w/ still lots of fruit. Ready to drink now.
    Drink Dates: 2004-2011
    Author: Gregory H928
  • Self | Rating: 85

    Over the hill. Still had some fruit but very musky and a bit flat.
    Author: gjsantoro
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Still has lively acidity. Good tannins, long finish.
    Author: Maia C
  • Self | Rating: 92

    The wine has held up well. Slightly lighter in body and the color was pretty good although a tinge of brown on the rim. A flavor of Rutherford dust along with light berry flavors and oak. Real easy drink - soft and apprachable right away.
    Drink Dates: 2009-2010
    Author: Bryon
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.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 371 bottles owned
  • 145 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 92
    (Out of 145 collectors)