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Date Printed: 10/30/2014
Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 2002
Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 2002
(search item no. 84762)
collectible wine
older vintages

The Wine News rating: 95 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 10/30/2014: $109.00

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
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast 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, black-ruby color. The aromas reflect classic "Rutherford dust" notes of black cherry, loamy mineral-earth tones, and licorice, along with fine new oak vanilla highlights. Medium full-bodied, with deep cherry-mineral, currant –anise flavors, this vintage has a fine veneer of tannins combined with good acidity to support 10-15 years aging. Rich, supple fruit softens the texture. The sweet fragrance and taste of vanilla from the new oak add measurable length and structure in the finish. A fine wine to drink young with grilled steaks, roast leg of lamb with shallots, or a ripe wedge of Fontina or aged Vermont cheddar cheese.

In 2002, moderate to cool summer conditions gave way to a heat spell in mid-September that accelerated ripening. Fortunately, the first two weeks of October saw a return to lovely fall days, and the grapes achieved near perfect maturity, with excellent balance and bright, ripe fruit flavors.

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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.