Updated to include 2001 & 2005 Georges de Latours Tastings…
1975 Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon – This one was by far the most intriguing wine of them all. I wouldn’t necessarily say that it was the one I would buy a whole case of, but it was fascinating to see how it aged over time. To start, the color was not the deep red that we’re used to with the younger vintages. This one was almost a burnt orange color. As far as the taste goes, imagine tasting a (strong) hint of brandy or port, and that’s my best description for how this particular wine has aged.
1980 Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon – Surprisingly not as sweet as the ’75, since this one is newer and the fruits tend to dissipate with age. It had a lower overall sugar content which explains the difference. Also, did not have the strong hint of brandy or port as the ’75 did.
2001 Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon – Tasted brand new! Still has that very classic bold flavor that is typical of California Cabs. It was very apparent when tasting this 8 year old vintage, that it still has room to age and develop its classic dark cherry flavors.
2005 Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon – One of my favorite’s of the bunch, this one was perfect for my palette and I could happily drink this right NOW! Unlike the others, this one had a sweet, buttery bouquet (aroma) with hints of a toasty vanilla flavor. if you can imagine the toastiness that often comes from Chardonnay aged in oak barrels, that’s what this Cab reminded me of – really yummy!