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Was 1967 a good year for Beaulieu?

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nooodles Feb 13, 2006 12:30 AM

I spied a crate of 1967 George Latour Beaulieu Founder's Private Reserve Cabernet today.

The story on the bottle is that this was George Latour's first California wine. $30 for 375 mL.

I probably will buy a bottle just for nostalgia's sake. But what do others know about this wine?

Was 1967 a good year for cabernet in California? Was Latour's first experiment a success or a dud?

Googling has turned up scant information, other than that other wine shops have sold this vintage for $90 (and even then, it's not clear what size bottle the $90 is).

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    Melanie Wong RE: nooodles Feb 13, 2006 12:55 AM

    BV and Georges de Latour's history in California is much older than that. The winery was founded in 1900 and his first vintage here was 1907, not 1967.

    I have tried the 1968, 1969 and 1970, but not had the pleasure of the 1967. To celebrate its centennial, BV opened many of its library wines back to the 30s. Tasting notes by Joel Butler MW are linked below.

    Link: http://www.bvwines.com/wines/reserve_...

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      nooodles RE: Melanie Wong Feb 13, 2006 01:16 AM

      Thanks for that link!

      I thought BV was a lot older than 1967 too. Maybe the store I was at was missing a crucial detail on their staff description on the wine. Like maybe it was the first estate wine or the first single vineyard blend?

      Anyway, I'll probably pop open a bottle sometime in the next week and see if it's worth buying a few bottles. Will let y'all know how that goes.

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      dinwiddie RE: nooodles Feb 13, 2006 12:52 PM

      The 1967 will be way beyond its prime. It wasn't thier best effort for the Georges de Latour Private Reserve. BTY, they have been making this wine for a long time, at least as far back as the 1930s. In fact the 1939 is still supposed to be drinking well.

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        Tugboat RE: nooodles Feb 13, 2006 03:53 PM

        We had a small dinner party a few years back and had the 67, 68 and 69 with some monster steaks on the grill.

        The 68 was the weakest of the three, but I was very impressed with all of them.

        All were a bit brickish, but they held up well.

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