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Château Langoa Barton St. Julien Ex-Negociant 2005
"...the inky/blue/black-hued 2005 Leoville Barton exhibits a sensational perfume of charcoal, burning embers, underbrush, cedar, creme de cassis, and subtle toasty oak. Painfully concentrated (much like the 2000 was at the same stage), with full body, admirable purity...94." WA 4/08.
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After not having given Bordeaux's much traction, a friend and I decided that we needed to see what all the fuss was about and picked up a bottle of the 05 Leoville Barton and brought it with us to a great steakhouse in San Diego. We had it with filet and it was nothing short of amazing. Silky, velvety, a touch of smoke, and an elegant finish that went down, down, down...
Four and a half glasses
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This is the biggest, most powerful ever from Leacute;oville Barton. Amazingly rich and silky. Lots of chocolate and blackberry aromas, with hints of raspberries. Full-bodied, with silky and round tannins. Great concentration. Long, long finish. Best after 2012.
Right from the early days of tasting in spring 2001, this was gong to be one of the stars of the vintage. And a star it remains. There is big, ripe fruit, with solid, ageworthy tannins. It may not be as powerful as some of the blockbusters of the vintage, but it is certainly more opulent and less classical than Leacute;oville Barton can sometimes be.
Therersquo;s power in this wine, though itrsquo;s not the first thing you might perceive. Instead, the purple fruit gives a relatively light impression, round and smooth as river stones, until spice begins to come up from that supple, stone-hard center. An exotic spice builds around the tense frame, and then the wine keeps giving, and gives some more. Gracious as the Bartons themselves, this 2000 has an off-handed elegance that hides its power. Even after several days of air, the inner strength of the wine remains, as if time will only build on the elegance.
Even better from bottle than from cask, and one of the finest wines of the vintage, this dense purple-colored 2002 reveals wonderfully sweet notes of charcoal, fresh mushrooms, smoke, earth, leather, cassis, and cedar. Full-bodied, highly extracted, broodingly backward, dense, and deep, this impressively endowed offering is built for the long term. Anticipated maturity: 2012ndash;2028. One of the classic wines of Bordeaux and still realistically priced, Leoville-Barton is becoming increasingly popular because of the extraordinary quality/price ratio it offers.
Deep ruby. Wonderfully perfumed nose offers cassis, minerals, tobacco, flowers, mocha and truffle. Bright, mineral-driven and concentrated, with terrific underlying backbone giving energy and definition to the dark berry, mineral and chocolate flavors. There’s a floral lift here that’s exhilarating to find in the very ripe 2005 vintage. Finishes very long and classy, with a firm tannic spine. An outstanding vintage for this wine.
Good deep red-ruby. Floral, scented nose shows cassis, violet and licorice. Very lush and rich but with terrific vinosity; large-scaled for this wine but impeccably balanced, with a strong mineral character. Anthony Barton was not a late harvester in 2005, and this wine boasts lovely verve as a result. Finishes with big but broad tannins and superb persistence. Built for a long and graceful evolution in bottle.
Undoubtedly one of the most majestic wines ever made at Leacute;oville-Barton, this behemoth displays even more power and structure than it did last year. A prodigious, saturated purple-colored effort, it boasts layers of concentrated fruit along with notes of graphite, camphor, damp earth, and jammy cassis. Immense, even monstrous in the mouth, it possesses awesome extraction and richness, but the boatload of tannin will keep it from being fully appreciated for at least a decade, possibly longer. It is an authentic vin de garde for patient wine connoisseurs. Amazing vino! Anticipated maturity: 2012ndash;2040.