An exploration of wine

659. Beaulieu Vineyard, Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, 2000

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Book 4 Wine 659

$46.11; 13.6%

Having bought this at BV back in 2004, post-MBA, I’ve been waiting for a suitable reason to open it. Prime beef rib for Giles’ 41st fitted that bill nicely, at least! Georges de Latour is on of Napa’s historic classics, and this was certainly a Napa-style Cabernet. Though in truth, I doubt the 2000 is its finest hour – being a touch overtly fruity and slightly short. In its prime now. Medium depth garnet – still youthful, given its 12 years. Medium+ intensity, slightly sweet Cabernet nose: ripe blackcurrant and black cherry notes, with some cedar, coffee, burnt sugar notes and leather touches. Sweet-spicy profile, but with savoury overtones. Slightly gravelly fruit. Lots of cassis on the palate, but with tobacco hints and plenty of cedar wood. Smoky, minerally mid-palate. At least medium acidity. Medium, mature tannins give just enough structure. Medium+ length.

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