BV Private Reserve has been on a real roll. This Georges is enormous and impressive, gigantic in fruit, explosive in blackberry tart, cherry pie, blueberry, plum, cigar box and vanilla aromas and flavors. Structurally, it’s an impeccable wine, showing the fine acidity and firm, dusty tannins that always constitute Georges. Beautiful now, and should age well for 10–20 years, in a cool cellar.
Primarily a Rutherford wine, this selection of BV's best fruit benefits from the firm's research into plant material, as their vineyards replanted to clones 4 and 6 are now maturing. They provide much of the distinctive flavor of this wine, a character that falls somewhere between pomegranate and raspberry with a roasted-fennel edge. It's unusual and extremely juicy, with a texture that turns to velvet across the palate. Fine-grained tannins keep it elegant, suited to age.
Full red-ruby. Sexy claret-like aromas of plum, redcurrant, leather and game complicated by mocha, roasted coffee and leather; a lively violet element emerged with aeration. Suave on entry, then supple, ripe, concentrated and quite dry in the middle, with the subdued dark fruit, leather and coffee flavors joined by a minty nuance. Finishes with building granular tannins and noteworthy persistence. Initially rather uncompromising, this distinctly adult-style Cabernet gained in sweetness as it opened in the glass. Still plenty to come. (ST) 92+?
The 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Georges de Latour Private Reserve is not the biggest, richest, most formidable example of this cuvee yet it possesses a beautifully restrained, balanced elegance that is neither pushed nor contrived. The color is a healthy dark ruby/plum and the nose offers up notes of underbrush, loamy soil and earth. The fruit veers toward red and blackberries, and the wine is close to full maturity. It is soft enough to be drunk now, but its impeccable balance will propel it over the next 10-15 years. Drink now-2029 (RP)
Balances savoury herbs, cedar and earthy loam with plump, ripe black fruit and cassis. Fine complexity, integrated tannins and a succulent finish. Not at all showy, it earns its mark through finesse and great balance. 18/20 points (LM)
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