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Drinkable, though it shouldn't be for too much longer. Borderline.
Dark purple coloured, luxurious bouquet of cherries,plums,with an earthy nose. Oak nuances. well balanced with good acidity
An excellent example of a St Julien when I drunk it in December 2005. Cherry, red fruits coupled with mint and pepper with a medium finish meant it was a very easy wine to sup.
Excellent. Still youthful, took hours to open up.
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Absolutely spectacular from bottle, with massive power and structure, the saturated purple-colored 2000 Leoville Barton is one of the greatest wines ever made at this estate. The wine has smoky, earthy notes intermixed with graphite, camphor, damp earth, jammy cassis, cedar, and a hint of mushroom. Enormous, even monstrous in the mouth, with tremendous extraction, broodingly backward, dense flavors, and copious tannins, this should prove to be one of the longest-lived wines of the vintage and one of the most compelling Leoville Bartons ever made.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One cannot admire enough proprietor Anthony Barton and his classic, potentially long-lived wines that are models of power, elegance, and longevity mdash; in short, these wine symbolize what makes Bordeaux so world-renowned! Probably capable of rivaling the 2000, the uncompromisingly made, formidably powerful, masculine, and highly extracted 2003 has an inky purple color to the rim, a big, deep personality with a tight but promising nose of forest floor, creme de cassis, smoke, charcoal, licorice, and perhaps even truffle. It is layered, rich, and set for an exceptionally long life, but donrsquo;t expect to get a lot of joy even in this somewhat overtly styled vintage for at least another 7ndash;8 years. Anticipated maturity: 2012ndash;2030+.
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.
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