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2003 Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Georges de Latour Private Reserve Napa Valley
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6 Ratings
2003 Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Georges de Latour Private Reserve Napa Valley

Wine Description

80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot

Average vine age is 37 years. In order to retain the advantage of older vines, the renewal of the vines is not done in lots, but periodically throughout the vineyard. Each vine that is replaced is identified by a yellow plastic ring, making them easily identifiable so they can be harvested before the main harvest in order to avoid any confusion. This isolation of the young vines continues for 8 years. The 124 acres produce around 20,000 cases.

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80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot

Average vine age is 37 years. In order to retain the advantage of older vines, the renewal of the vines is not done in lots, but periodically throughout the vineyard. Each vine that is replaced is identified by a yellow plastic ring, making them easily identifiable so they can be harvested before the main harvest in order to avoid any confusion. This isolation of the young vines continues for 8 years. The 124 acres produce around 20,000 cases.

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    wade

    Medium-bodied, with cedar, anise and sage-laced cherry and berry flavors that fall into the simple-but-pleasing category. Drink now through 2011. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 14,000 cases made.

    over 2 years
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    papa2cali

    Very Good

    over 3 years
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    Fellow Drync'er

    2 3-4

    about 5 years
Expert Reviews
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  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    Once the defining Cabernet of the Napa Valley, this bottling remains a high achiever even though it has given up its hold on the title to pricier, smaller volume competition. In this vintage, the wine is ripe if coming up slightly less dramatic than it was in the 2002 edition. Its richness and polish make it attractive now, and it can easily age absorb half a dozen years or more of patient cellaring.
  • International Wine Cellar
    Bright ruby-red. Cassis, licorice and bitter chocolate on the slightly medicinal nose; classic Rutherford character. Tightly wound and a bit unyielding, with dark fruit and mint flavors currently dominated by the wine's rather tough structure.Finishes with chalky tannins and a noticeable greenness.Will this soften with time in bottle?
  • Wine Spectator
    Rating: 83/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 10/31/2006
  • Robert Parker
    Rating: 100/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 04/01/2006
  • Wine Enthusiast
  • Vintage Chart
    Rating for United States-California: 92 (slightly better than average year)

    Drinkability: unpredictable