One of the greatest – if not THE greatest – vintages ever of Napa’s longest running Cabernet Sauvignon Classic.
Here are just a few of the many ecstatic reviews.
A complex red with blackcurrants, forest floor and mint. Eucalyptus, too. Love the aromas. Full body with ripe tannins that roll on the palate. Very harmonious and precise. Needs four to five years to come together, but already a joy to taste.
The flagship is the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Georges de Latour Private Reserve, a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot, and 3% each of Petit Verdot and Malbec aged in 90% new French oak. Deep purple-colored, with a brilliant bouquet of crème de cassis, blueberries, graphite, and smoked herbs, it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, terrific purity, and building tannins, which become even more apparent with extended air time (I followed this bottle for multiple days). This is the real deal and count me impressed. It's approachable today thanks to its purity and balance, but given its old-school, classic feel, I've no doubt it's going to evolve for 2-3 decades.
Elegant. Complex. Leather. Chocolate. Minimal oxidation. Perfect aging. 97 points
If you’ve never
experienced a fully mature, perfectly stored, true Napa Cabernet legend, here’s
One interesting aside. Many people believe Tchelitscheff
chose to age his Georges de Latour in American oak because he wanted it to be
the quintessential American Cabernet. (Which it was.) But in fact, he initially
aged it in French oak, but made the switch when he couldn’t get French oak
during the Second World War.
bottles have the best possible provenance. As is customary in the wine
business, though, for wines over ten years old, the risk is on the buyer. I
would expect at least some degree of variation at 42 years of age. Just look at
Sallee and me. We’re about the same age, but she’s in terrific shape and I’m
falling apart and busting at the seams. I suppose her “provenance” is better
than mine. As well as her diet.