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Date Printed: 8/29/2014
Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 1998
Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 1998
(search item no. 45247)
collectible wine


PRICE ON 8/29/2014: $90.49

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2007 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2002 The Wine News rating: 95 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
1997 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1994 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1994 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1992 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1992 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1984 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1982 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1969 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1969 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Dark ruby-violet in color, the 1998 Georges de Latour demonstrates the benefits of judicious green-harvesting during a difficult vintage. Strongly aromatic, the wine reveals classic Rutherford scents of black-cherry, mineral, green and black peppercorn with anise. The flavors are ripe, yet less opulent than in 1997, reflecting the long cool growing season. Rich in berry , mineral , and mild herb flavors, with a supple, lively texture and very fruit forward, the fine, yet firm tannins provide a solid structure to insure at least a decade of improvement is ahead. A youthful hint of vanilla-oak in the finish will harmonize with the rich fruit in time.
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About Beaulieu Vineyard:

The deep roots of Beaulieu Vineyard were first planted back in 1900, when founder Georges de Latour noticed similarities with his native Bordeaux and declared the Napa Valley ideal for winemaking. Planting vineyards in Rutherford with grafted, phylloxera-resistent French vines, the Cabernet Sauvignon that de Latour crafted from these grapes gave the world a taste of California's promise as a world-class winemaking region. In 1938, de Latour hired the young Russian-French enologist, Andre Tchelistcheff. Today, Beaulieu continues to turn to innovative practices. Most recently, they completed a new state-of-the-art winery within one of their 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.