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BV Georges de Latour Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve 2017 (Magnum 1.5L)  - First Bottle


97 James Suckling -
#75 in Top 100 Wines of 2020 -This is one of the most balanced Georges de Latour, offering currants, minerals, fresh herbs and spices. It’s full-bodied with very fine tannins. Long and focused. Subtle and complex. Very elegant and refined in the end. Reminds me of classic, old vintages from the 1960s and 1970s. Drink or hold.
96 Decanter -
Showcasing the deep slashes of liquorice that you find in Cabernet from Napa, this is layered with concentrated cassis. A more generously spiced, ripe, juicy and pure version than you often find in the savoury, menthol-laced Cabernet of Bordeaux. This is confident and has years of pleasure ahead of it for anyone who owns it.
95 Wine & Spirits -
Georges de Latour purchased the first four acres of BV1 in 1900, adding another 130 a few years later, with 80 acres of prime vineyard land on the western Rutherford bench. He purchased the 147 acres at BV2 in 1910, at the southern border of Rutherford, neighboring the To Kalon Vineyard in Oakville. In great vintages of the 1940s and ’50s, André Tchelistcheff grew Georges de Latour Private Reserve wines that lived for six decades or more. Beaulieu has been through a lot of changes since those early days, and this is the first vintage, on release, to show the beautiful elegance those old wines must have had in their time. In 2017, this wine retained its freshness for six days after the bottle was first opened, when there was finally nothing left to taste. But that last taste was still bright and fresh, sustained by dusty Rutherford tannins and an aristocratic structure, infused by delicate red and black currant flavors.
94 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -
Composed of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve Georges de Latour was aged for 22 months in French oak, 95% new. Deep garnet-purple colored, the nose is open and ready for business, featuring notions of redcurrant jelly, black raspberries, boysenberries and spice cake with touches of red roses, camphor, dark chocolate and new leather. The medium to full-bodied palate delivers bags of fragrant red and black fruit preserves, framed by plush tannins and oodles of freshness, finishing long and perfumed. This is a very pretty expression of this vintage, which is drinking beautifully now and yet should cellar for a good 20 years or more. 6,974 cases were made.

Technical Details

  • Blend97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot
  • WinemakerTrevor Burling
  • CountryUS
  • RegionCalifornia
  • AppellationRutherford, Napa Valley
  • Aging/CooperageAged 22 months in French oak (95% new barrels)
  • Alcohol0.147%

BV Georges de Latour Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve 2017 (Magnum 1.5L)

Bordeaux Blends  |  US
JS97, DC96, W&S95, WA94

24% off retail!

BV! One of Napa Valley’s most historic estates, with over 120 years of unquestioned excellence. This magnum is a showstopper – 97 POINTS and one of James Suckling’s Top 100 Wines of 2020! We worked out a deal with a friend to bring them to you today at $135 less than the winery retail!

Beaulieu Vineyards. The great one. The history, the legendary winemaker André Tchelistcheff, its status as one of only sixteen wineries to have survived the dark ages of Prohibition, its noble beginnings in the early 1900s, so many amazing old wines… and this! Napa’s first-ever “cult” cabernet.

When Georges de Latour brought over a young André Tchelistcheff just three years after Prohibition’s repeal, he flexed a little bit for his new winemaker by pouring him a taste of the family’s private reserve of the best barrels. These were meant for the family’s own consumption, entertaining guests, and the like. Tchelistcheff wouldn’t hear of it and insisted that they bottle these as the winery’s newest flagship, limited-production wine. Georges would pass a short time later, and the family agreed to heed Tchelistcheff’s request. In 1940, the 1936 Georges de Latour Private Reserve was released, and a legend was born!

“I’d wager that there are so many Napa Cabernets made today that if you stacked them one by one, they’d reach all the way to the moon. But if you stacked them in order of historical significance with the most profound bottles forming the base, the number one bottle would have to be Beaulieu Vineyard’s legendary Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.” - Jonathan Cristaldi, Food & Wine

Today, the Private Reserve enjoys its own winery – across Napa’s famous Highway 29 from BV’s grand main facility, and closer to the family’s original home. Here, winemaker Trevor Durling blends two prime lots on the soils of Rutherford’s cherished western benchlands. He is just the fifth-ever winemaker in BV’s 120+ year history, and in the past few years, he has crafted an impressive array of this wine. This 2017 is a phenomenal example of a great Rutherford cabernet – a towering mass of power and depth, enrobed in Rutherford’s unique dusty elegance. Each sip is so very intense, deeply concentrated, tightly wound, and full of complexity, with a very fine balance that bodes for tremendous development to come. There is an almost Bordeaux-like feel to this with a focused streak of pure cassis, anise, that fantastic spearmint note, some dark chocolate shavings, and toasted cloves, plus a dash of torrefaction (that roasting coffee beans sensation). Brilliant stuff and a must-have addition to your collection.

PAIRING IDEAS: Raise a baby cow on verdant green pastures, give it a growler of beer each week, plus daily deep-tissue massages with a bit of rice wine, and let it grow for 3+ years. Finish it with 6 weeks of heirloom corn in its diet, and viola! You have your own Kobe beef. Now, the wine is perfectly aged, the beef is pristine, and you’re in for the best steak and cabernet experience of your life. Alternatively, just wait a couple of years and buy a nice steak to serve with this...your call.

About the Producer

Beaulieu Vineyards (BV) is, of course, a legend in the Napa Valley since 1900. They were one of the few wineries able to make wine during that dark period known as Prohibition, and the home of one of Napa's patriarchs, the also-legendary Andre Tchelistcheff. "Maestro" refers to Andre's skill and influence that helped catapult BV to what it is today. The story is so familiar it could write itself. The winemaking legacy of Beaulieu Vineyards remains unbroken for more than a century. Georges de Latour and his wife Fernande moved from France and purchased 127 acres of land to produce wine that rivaled French wine. "Quelle Beau Lieu" means "What a Beautiful Place" and still today, BV stands as one of the greatest legacy wineries in the USA!