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The history of Langoa and Leoville Barton is the history of a family who have managed to preserve their inheritance for more than 2 centuries. From one generetion to another the wines produced by the two properties have maintained the quality of their classification, offering wines at the very top of their appellation.
92 pts WS. A nice St. Julien bordeaux. Blackberry, licorice and oak, all nicely balanced. It does have chewy tannins, so should improve with some more time.
Cheap one from the WS Top 100 list.
[Decanted for many hours] Concentrated dark color. Sweet restrained nose - plummy and strawberry. Black cherry and buttery back on taste. Rich body. Massive! Full of finesse, but subtle. Medium tannins and acid. Very Bordeaux. Still very closed - not ready to drink. $200
old, obscure scoring method: (3/2/3/2.5) [5/14/10=29+/-5 out of 50?]
External Reviews for Château Léoville Barton Red Bordeaux Blend St. Julien
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.
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.
Saturated medium ruby. Very black aromas of cassis, licorice and violet, plus a whiff of game. Dense, thick and youthful, with a compelling layered texture and major palate impact. But doesnrsquo;t have quite the clarity or class of the rsquo;85 tasted alongside it. Very long, palate-staining finish features big but thoroughly ripe tannins. May ultimately merit a higher score. Drink 2008 through 2025.
The impressive 1996 is a classic for the vintage. Although backward, it exhibits a dense ruby/purple color in addition to abundant black currant fruit intertwined with spicy oak and truffle-like scents. The wine is brilliantly made, full-bodied, and tightly-structured with plenty of muscle and outstanding concentration and purity., It should turn out top be a long-lived Leacute;oville-Barton (almost all this estatersquo;s recent top vintages have shared that characteristic), and somewhat of a sleeper of the vintage. However, patience will be required. Anticipated maturity: 2007ndash;2030.
The 1988 Legrave;oville-Barton is a classic example of the vintage. The tannins are hard, but the wine exhibits plenty of depth, an inner core of juicy cassis fruit, firm structure, and very good length. This is an excellent wine, with plenty of rich, deep, curranty fruit to balance out the tannins. Anticipated maturity: 1996ndash;2012.
A well-structured, racy red. Lovely, fresh aromas of raspberries, cream and currants. Medium- to full-bodied, with well-integrated tannins which are firm yet silky. One of the more reasonably priced top rsquo;96s. Best after 2000.
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.
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