1978 Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Georges de Latour Private Reserve

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley

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  • srh wrote:

    April 26, 2019 - Friday Tasting Group: Farewell to One of the Group's Stalwarts (Vintage Wines Ltd., San Diego, CA): N: Smoke, berries, poss Rutherford dust? Intensity lurking

    P: Med body; RNDISH entry with NICE, ALMOST swtish frt met by a bit of astringent pucker which, slowly, SEAMLESSLY transitions into the very LONG, BALANCED finish with an ELEGANT tangy/swtness to the few, very, VERY fine tannins. An *awesome* wine that, in addition to being the consensus fav of the tasting, NO one pegged for being as old as it is! [Personally I can see it making its 50th, still having the wherewithal to accompany food for most or all of that!] 13.5% ABV; My Exceptional-/Exceptional. 90 & 92 pts RJonWine, 90 WA, 86 John Gilman, 84 WS, 80 Jeff Leve (10/29/11), but 18/20 Jancis Robinson (9/27/17).

    Note: From what I've been able to gather, older BV PRs are often inconsistent, the speculation being issues with their corks.



  • oldwines commented:

    1/16/20, 4:27 AM - Yes, older bottles can be inconsistent. Corks are shorter than today and if not stored in a temp and humidity controlled cellar, will be risky. It also is a totally different wine than today. The grapes for this came from what today are the Beckstoffer George III and Beckstoffer To Kalon vineyards. BV was purchased by Heublin (now part of Diageo, but BV was sold to Australian interests in 2017) and Beckstoffer was a VP there. He convinced Corporate to sell the vineyards to him and he took over running them and is now the largest vineyard owner in California.

  • srh commented:

    1/16/20, 1:45 PM - THANK you for the *fascinating* background info, oldwines! :)

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