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 Vintage1998 Label 1 of 186 
TypeRed
ProducerChâteau Léoville Barton (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
Designationn/a
Vineyardn/a
CountryFrance
RegionBordeaux
SubRegionMédoc
AppellationSt. Julien
UPC Code(s)031259008035, 3277034831857

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2007 and 2026 (based on 82 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Leoville Barton on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.4 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 215 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by La Grappe on 7/26/2015 & rated 88 points: A fairly deep colour; a classic claret nose of blackurrant, spice and smoke; medium depth on the palate, but there is a slight wateriness towards the end and the fruit is a little unyielding. (197 views)
 Tasted by La Grappe on 7/26/2015 flawed bottle: Corked. I therefore opened another bottle: see separate note. (220 views)
 Tasted by liber on 7/14/2015 & rated 91 points: 3rd of 12, decanted an hour, as November 14 note, still primary cassis fruit, just a touch of attenuation and hint of under-ripe fruit, dryish tannins, lacking generosity, classy though and on improving trend. (719 views)
 Tasted by Francophile1 on 6/28/2015 & rated 90 points: Very similar to my 1/25/15 tasting note on this same wine from the same case. However, I'm picking up much more licorice on the nose than I did last time. Still a very good wine that is mature... Finally. Drink up, it probably won't get any better with age other than to lose its fruit and evolve into a giant liquified cigar. (848 views)
 Tasted by VeronicaXu on 5/25/2015: Vertical tasting with 1995, 1998, 1999 and 2004. At the beginning, I thought I like 1999 the best, 1998 has a slight green hint. However after half an hour, the 1998 opened up a lot more and it's become my favourite. 2004 seemed a bit closed yesterday. I'm neutral on 1995, which seemed a bit thin. (1325 views)
 Tasted by Shoebox on 5/13/2015 & rated 90 points: Dark purple but good clarity. Elegant serious herby nose. Savoury, with leather, graphite and good complexity . V. slight hint of brett but in a good way. Good length. Thick legs. Probably not peaked yet. Will last 10- 15 years more. (1528 views)
 Tasted by Lakefarm on 5/6/2015 & rated 91 points: Classic Bordeaux. A medium bodied wine that is driven by structure and elegance rather than ripe fruit and high alcohol (this is 12,5%). Lovely nose with lots of pencil shavings, cassis and an element of iron or blood. On the palate it's medium- bodied showing lots of elegance. With air sweet tobacco and herbs start to show. Well made Bordeaux that will easily last another decade. 91-92 (1710 views)
 Tasted by GABordeauxGuy on 4/18/2015 & rated 90 points: Loads of barnyard funk on the nose upon opening, but it blew off rather quickly. Opened up nicely after about 1.5 hours. Still lots of fruit left on it and tannins have settled nicely. I don't think it will improve in bottle and probably has another 5 years or so left. (1689 views)
 Tasted by WillersC on 4/4/2015 & rated 90 points: Drinking nicely. Well resolved after a long decant. Still some fruit, good minerality and herbal elements. (1790 views)
 Tasted by swyang on 3/21/2015 & rated 95 points: A superb showing here. This really has gained a lot of fat and weight in the most elegant way. Still very dark violet color, aromas of dark berries starting to fade away to leave room for the earth to surface, and this is exactly where I prefer. Lots of wet earth, mingling with berries, spice, leather and lavender, a bit of animal and even a slightly saline after taste all mixing so beautifully that the word complexity is almost as if the nature was cohabiting together. The left over tannin is just right to keep all the qualities in together as well as lifting up the whole waves of flavors. The magic of Leoville Barton has struck again and this is a classy and unique profile of a beautiful wine. Not at all interested in joining the race which other ones are chasing after points, but rather, killing them all, speaking softly. cheers, (1881 views)
 Tasted by JonnyG on 2/28/2015 & rated 88 points: A Matter of Taste: London Edition (Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea): Not the best vintage, of course, and came across as a bit dried out; muted fruit, high acidity. (2179 views)
 Tasted by cephomer on 2/12/2015 & rated 91 points: Drank from 375 bottle. Dark purplish color, nose of black fruit, tobacco & earth/forest. Medium bodied, soft tannins, decent fruit still, lots of tertiary stuff going on--leather, bramble, earth, meat. Good length, tannins seem bit chalky. This wine has an overall rustic quality, and seems to be in a good place currently. In no danger of aging prematurely at this point. (2132 views)
 Tasted by Squilber on 1/30/2015 & rated 91 points: After letting this age for several years, I finally opened it up on a Friday night, to go along with NY Strip steaks. A very nice, smooth, medium bodied Bordeaux. Red fruits, pepper, oak and meaty flavors. Deep purple in color. This is ready to drink now and has clearly softened with age, but will last a good 5 more years or more - not sure if that will make it any better but you can try. (2320 views)
 Tasted by Eboracum on 1/29/2015 & rated 90 points: This is a robust L-B with still quite primary colour and a nose with red fruit, touches of cedar, balsamic hints and sharp floral odours toggling with acidity. The palate was medium/full with good depth of fruit, more of the same odours from the nose, lively acidity which toyed with astringency and nicely firm tannins at the finish. The question determining this wine's future is whether the hints of astringency will come to dominate or whether they will abate. Just very good. (2232 views)
 Tasted by Francophile1 on 1/25/2015 & rated 91 points: I bought a case of this wine in 2005 and have opened a few bottles throughout the years noting that this wine is not ready to drink. However, it has been four years since I last approached this wine. Much to my surprise, this wine is finally ready to drink. While it still carries the rustic character of the 1998 vintage and the traditional style of a L. Barton, the tannins have softened and the wine has evolved now showing its true personality. The nose is expressive with sweet Virginia tobacco, black currant, herb, anise, with a slight touch of raisin. The mid-palate carries a St. Julien leanness telling me where it is from. The tannin has mostly resolved but it still carries a grip that you can always expect from a L. Barton. Overall, it is a nice wine that can be enjoyed with a good piece of beef tenderloin. It is medium bodied and lean, so don't put this up against a ribeye. Enjoy! (2154 views)
 Tasted by Ibetian on 1/16/2015 & rated 92 points: Decanted 3 hours before dinner, which seems about right. Mid weight, elegant wine, not great, but very, very good classic Bordeaux. (2104 views)
 Tasted by rsbeck on 1/14/2015 & rated 92 points: Popped, breathed in bottle one hour, poured. Followed over next two and a half. This started off extremely tight. With air, it gradually opened up in the second hour, slowly revealing its charm. In the final half hour, it came together presenting a slightly subdued, but classic Left Bank Bordeaux. Very charming, seamless and satisfying, just missing a little oomph to make it a little more profound. Could get closer with more age. Give it lots of air. 92+ (1850 views)
 Tasted by La Grappe on 1/13/2015 & rated 88 points: Medium to full colour; blackcurrant fruit, showing some maturity; rounded and savoury. Medium weight only, and a bit short on the finish. Decent enough, with true claret character, but not the best vintage of this wine. (1259 views)
 Tasted by Bcw1989 on 12/26/2014 & rated 90 points: Very first taste of Leoville-Barton. Really closed at first. Very fruit forward on the nose, but lacking in the taste department until this warmed up. Felt a bit flat at first, but then about an hour later, this wine brought the fruit into the taste. Not the best vintage and feel this could have loads of potential in a good year. Good afternoon experience with friends and family. (1466 views)
 Tasted by mark_m_owen on 12/24/2014 & rated 91 points: Fully mature. Magnum. Plenty of decanting time. Took a while to open up even so. After early morning decanting it was singing by 8pm

Mid-length. Very typical. Black and a little red fruit, some pencil shavings on the nose. Less cedary than some LBs. chocolate and leather. A tad of earthiness.

It ain't the best LB but it's a damn fine bottle. (1220 views)
 Tasted by blakehastings on 12/14/2014 & rated 93 points: I probably have a bias towards this Barton, but solid as always. Not as full bodied as other vintages, but still long on palette. Good fruit, currants, hint of licorice. Tanins are muted, but still there. Probably couple more years left. (1791 views)
 Tasted by KR66 on 11/15/2014 & rated 92 points: The Leovilles (1961-2003), tasted by the "Linzer Wine Gang" (Josef, Linz (Austria)): Dark red. Nose still a little closed. Spicy, elegant, beautiful length. Very good, but two or three years too young. (2583 views)
 Tasted by liber on 11/15/2014 & rated 91 points: 2nd of 12, perfect fill, not decanted, much better than note earlier this year - darkish garnet, still purple rim; primary blackcurrant driven on nose, quite pure and fresh, hint of secondaries developing, cedar and graphite; fullish palate, dry tannins not wholly masked by fruit, but classy, some grip, this has come on a lot in 6 months, probably still needs 18 months, the 99 is much more rewarding at present! A tentative fine (17.5/20). (2371 views)
 Tasted by La Grappe on 11/1/2014 & rated 87 points: Reasonably deep colour. The nose is rather flat and restrained. There is fruit on the palate, but it is more redcurrant than blackcurrant. Overall, this is a bit lightweight, and not one of the better Léoville Bartons, or one of the better 1998s. (2499 views)
 Tasted by Julian Marshall on 10/19/2014 & rated 88 points: Very tight on opening, this needed three hours in a decanter. Xmas pudding, red cherry and spices on the nose, with quite a bright attack of cherry and cinnamon, then a decent second seam of strawberry, but the finish is short and there's a prevaling feel of stodginess. The fruit is far from underripe - if anything it's overripe, there's a dry, almost burnt tinge to it which leaves a bitter taste on the finish. Not bad, but nothing special. There are very good 98s, this is not one of them. (2760 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2001, IWC Issue #96
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2000, IWC Issue #90
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 1999, IWC Issue #84
(Chateau Leoville Barton Saint Julien) Subscribe to see review text.
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, November 2001
(Chateau Léoville-Barton St-Julien) This has a more classic, elegant and restrained nose when compared with my memory of the 1996, the most recent young vintage I have tasted, which was in April. The palate, nevertheless, is soft and round, with a cassis character to the fruit. The soft richness is underpinned by a good structure of dry tannins and balanced acidity.  16.5+ points
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Château Léoville Barton

Producer website - Read more about Chateau Leoville Barton

Red Bordeaux Blend

Read about the grapes used to produce Bordeaux The variety Red Bordeaux Blend in CellarTracker implies any blend using any or all of the five traditional Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. As such, this is used worldwide, whether for wines from Bordeaux, Meritages from California and Canada, some Super-Tuscan wines etc.

France

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Bordeaux

Bordeaux Wine Guide

Vins Bordeaux (Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux)

History of Bordeaux

History of 1855 Bordeaux Classification

Médoc

Vins du Médoc (Conseil des Vins du Médoc) - Read More about the Medoc
The eight precisely defined appellations of the whole of the Médoc (from Blanquefort Brook to the north of the Bordeaux built-up area, almost to the Pointe de Grave) may claim the Médoc appellation. But there is also a specific territory in the north of the peninsula which produces exclusively wines with this appellation. In the great majority, the Médocs come from the north of the peninsula. The great individuality of this region is that the number of vines has increased more recently here than elsewhere, apart from a few isolated spots where vines have grown for many years. Today, the size of the small estate has brought about the development of a powerful co-operative movement. Four co-operatives out of five belong to the group called Unimédoc which ensures aging, bottling and marketing a large proportion of their wines.

St. Julien

Read more detailed information on St. Julien and its wines The seventeenth century pioneers Traces are to be found of a Saint-Julien de Rintrac, perhaps Saint-Julien's earliest name, as from the thirteenth century. But we have to wait until the seventeenth century pioneers, urban and rural aristocrats, discover the exceptional merits of these terroirs.
Traces of this system still exist today in the structure of estates within the appellation: by the side of the two villages of Beychevelle and Saint-Julien, the large estates are heavily preponderant, representing more than four fifths of the total surface of vineyards.

The terrain is practically identical over all the commune. Only the proximity of the estuary, sometimes close, sometimes further away, can cause slight variations in climate. In fact, Saint-Julien-Beychevelle's layer of gravel takes the form of a huge rectangle over 3 miles long and 2 miles wide. And the alluvial deposits are particularly well fragmented into ridges of Garonne gravel of the early Quaternary. Accordingly, the vines are safeguarded from stagnant water.

The wines from the Saint-Julien appellation may be recognized by their unparalleled bouquet, particularly harmonious and mild. They have a fine deep colour and combine the finesse of their aromas and a solid constitution. They have body, are very rich in flavour and have a delicious and delicate bouquet.

Production conditions (Decree dated November 14, 1936)
In order to have the right to the Saint-Julien appellation of controlled origin, red wines must:

- come from the commune of Saint-Julien and from precisely defined parcels in the communes of Cussac, and Saint-Laurent, "excluding the parcels situated on recent alluvium and sand on impermeable subsoils",
- satisfy precise production conditions: grape-varieties (Cabernet-Sauvignon, Cabernet-Franc, Carmenère, Merlot Noir, Petit Verdot, Cot or Malbec), minimum of sugar (178 grammes - 6.27 oz. - per litre of must) degree (an acquired 10°5) base yield (45 hectolitres per hectare).

 
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