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 Vintage2000 Label 1 of 94 
TypeRed
ProducerChâteau Léoville Barton (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
Designationn/a
Vineyardn/a
CountryFrance
RegionBordeaux
SubRegionMédoc
AppellationSt. Julien
UPC Code055298007507

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2014 and 2036 (based on 163 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Leoville Barton on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 92.9 pts. and median of 93 pts. in 166 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by SonnyChiba on 5/25/2014 & rated 94 points: Smoky, camp fire, classical Barton flavor profile. Very elegant, beautiful grilled green pepper, blackberry, smooth and long finish. Still quite young, but on it way nicely. (3507 views)
 Tasted by PinkMoonWinery on 5/24/2014 & rated 92 points: 7 decades of Bordeaux - Blind tasting (Martin's House): Orange, banana, very elegant nose, lots of tannin reserves left, this is just too young, so lay it in the cellar for a little while longer! (3081 views)
 Tasted by BornToRhone on 5/18/2014 flawed bottle: Flawed - a big Brett monster. Once the Brett blew off some, still could not find any fruit and the wine seemed dead. (3179 views)
 Tasted by lvjohn on 4/26/2014 & rated 93 points: Needs several hours of decanting with careful pouring because of the substantial solids. Incredible sweet, flowery nose. Deep purple. Tastes of sweet red fruit. (3649 views)
 Tasted by Lord Rodney on 4/19/2014 & rated 91 points: Fine Bordeaux. Classic style. (3835 views)
 Tasted by Pearls_b4Swine on 3/1/2014 & rated 91 points: Great nose. But disappointing structure and follow through. (4246 views)
 Tasted by rossi.wine on 2/6/2014 & rated 91 points: Dark in colour, youthful. Less open than Gruaud Larose on the nose, elegant, fruit, spices, cedar, graphite. Pretty backward on the palate, slightly drying tannins, a bit chewy, good length. Needs more time. 90-92 (3897 views)
 Tasted by joshabramson on 2/6/2014 & rated 93 points: Tasted out of the bottle. Very elegant wine, a little green, but overall quite nice. (4464 views)
 Tasted by Papies on 2/6/2014 & rated 91 points: 2000 Bordeaux Left Bank, With Richard Brazier (Handford Wines, London): We expected it to be very approachable but on the contrary it was closed down and backward . Not as ad as the Palmer but still not singing. Good amount of firm tannin , not harsh but big,a bit of a chewy finish too. Has a lot of things going for it and we expect this given 5 yrs to develop into a proper wine mid 90s wine. For the moment 91 (4908 views)
 Tasted by CyroW on 1/26/2014 & rated 94 points: needs 2 hrs decanting. minimum 1hr. Plenty of fruits (black currant), plenty of aromatics, tannins are dense not yet fully matured, giving wine plenty of further aging/finesse potential. and still full of youth despite the 14 yrs age tag! very complete wine, nice! (4432 views)
 Tasted by Arcturus on 12/29/2013 & rated 94 points: Decanted 3 hours. Nose of charred meat, iron, smoke with a floral backdrop. Became more seductive over time. Medium weight, clean-well defined acidity and fruit. Long dry finish. Really enjoyed this now but believe it will continue to evolve. Drink or hold. 94 (3869 views)
 Tasted by mas66 on 12/21/2013 & rated 92 points: Meget mørk, ser ikke ud til at være 13 år gammel
Lukket i duft, giver ikke meget fra sig, mørke bær hvis noget, først fad men det forsvinder senere
Lidt animalsk i smag, peber, kraftig medium-lang
Virker som om den stadig skal ligge minimum 5 år, men sikkert mere. Er lidt usikker på om den har tilstrækkelig balance (3537 views)
 Tasted by millesime66 on 11/29/2013 & rated 91 points: Dans cette super verticale sur Barton, j'attendais ce millésime (avec 2003) comme celui au top. Et bien non, ce ne fût pas le cas car il nous laissait en plan, façon de parler, même s'il était très beau. Un peu comme 2006 qui était trop jeune, on aurait souhaité plus de tout. Dommage, car je ne crois pas qu'il puisse beaucoup gagner à vieillir encore. J'espère avoir tort... (4178 views)
 Tasted by broadband013 on 11/22/2013 & rated 91 points: bu une heure-une heure trente apres ouverture, tres raffiné, long encore un peu jeune en couleur et en texture, a re-gouter dans 2 ans (4382 views)
 Tasted by chbeaumont on 10/26/2013 & rated 96 points: Dark; taut, repressed - latent power; tightly wound up - straining at the leash but needs a couple+ of more year. A true thoroughbred. Lingering finish.
Third time I've tried this wine - every time utterly beguiling. This is going to be magnificent. (5194 views)
 Tasted by JMLoree on 10/19/2013 & rated 94 points: This wine was our warm up bottle preceding a 1990 Montrose so it probably would have fared better on a solo mission. However, it is a solid citizen from the 2000 vintage with very classic leather/lead pencil notes. Another 10 years in the cellar may reveal more complexity and depth of character for this one. (4392 views)
 Tasted by La Grappe on 10/6/2013 & rated 92 points: Still on the young side, but becoming approachable. The fruit is concentrated and rounded and is starting to open out. There is an underpin of acidity keeping the fruit in balance and indicating a long future. Excellent. (2407 views)
 Tasted by octopussy on 10/5/2013 & rated 94 points: Bordeaux 2001 Blind Tasting (+ two 2000s): Dark Bdx-Red. In the nose, this is very compact, almos monolithic. There's cassis, pencil shavings, it's rather dark in total, but has beautiful light undertones. Textbook Cabernet nose. On the palate, it's dark fruited, but with light undertones again (red and black currant), stony, mineralic. Very long finish. Still a bit young, but already so unbelievably good. (5666 views)
 Tasted by kenv on 10/3/2013 & rated 95 points: WCC 2000 Bordeaux Blind (Dorato's Resturant, Guilderland, NY): [Double decanted at 11am.] Beautiful on first opening. Next time I might pop and pour, but at 9pm, it is terrific. Complex nose of cedar and smoke. Gorgeous in the mouth with a super long finish of black fruits and licorice. (4772 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 9/27/2013 & rated 95 points: No formal notes, but my note dated 9/30/2011 is still accurate; a beautiful, full bodied and complex classical claret, still in its youth and a great pleasure already. If I had any, I would wait until 2018 at least. (4103 views)
 Tasted by t018214 on 9/22/2013 & rated 92 points: Deep, rich smooth, but missing the nuances of flavors I had hoped I would enjoy from a wine with this reputation. In some ways, this was almost a "new world" style wine. I had hoped for more, nonetheless, a very good and reliable wine. I am optimistic that more time will allow this wine to show more character. (4412 views)
 Tasted by Jhcwine on 9/21/2013 & rated 92 points: Toronto Wine Cru - WineSpectator Off-Line Event - Leoville Vertical (Crush Wine Bar, Toronto): Opened bottle for 2 hours and decant for 2 hours.
Nose - somewhat reserved. Not as nice as the 1999 or 2004. Stayed relatively closed to the end of the night. 91.
Palette - Abit more open than the nose, but still much more closed than the 99. The palette remained closed right to the end of the evening. This bottle needs some serious cellar time. 92.
Overall, a 92. (4422 views)
 Tasted by glhackney on 7/22/2013 & rated 92 points: Decanted for 2-3 hours... Powerful nose... Smooth... Red fruit, plums, cassis, earth.

Needs more time to develop. (5956 views)
 Tasted by Biglama on 7/18/2013 & rated 92 points: gedronken bij de sigaren avond, dat stond de wijn een beetje in de weg. zeer fraai, licht romig, breed en heel aantrekkelijk drinken (5369 views)
 Tasted by johneagle on 6/27/2013 & rated 90 points: Still green and stalky. Needs a lot of time in the decanter 0 I double decanted at 11am, decanted at 1 and we drank it at 2pm - just enough. This will never be great but will be good - just not yet (5352 views)
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (3/18/2010)
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (1/23/2008)
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (1/20/2005)
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (10/16/2003)
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By Stephen Tanzer
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, May/June 2003, Issue #108
(Chateau Leoville Barton Saint Julien) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, May/June 2002, Issue #102
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By Stephen Tanzer
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, May/June 2001, Issue #96
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The World of Fine Wine, September 2010, Issue #29
(Ch. Léoville-Barton; 2nd Growth) Login and sign up and see review text.
By John Kapon
Vintage Tastings, 2000 Bordeaux (12/1/2007)
(Leoville Barton) The 2000 Leoville Barton was atypically subtle and wound at first. After some serious coaxing, aromas of brick, fireplace, cedar, coffee, cassis and deep roasted nuts all emerged. Its long and robust nose became very classic and full of spine, and it was easily the most concentrated wine so far. ‘Is it Cali?’ Wendy joked, but then she admitted that it only walked the line. The palate was also very concentrated and long, possessing spine and more noticeable alcohol but still tasty. The more wines that I had, the more I thought about 1982. Wendy admired its ‘fantastic length.’ The Barton got sweeter in the glass and definitely had that Napa Valley Grill to it but was still outstanding  95 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

Vins de France (Office National Interprofessionnel des Vins ) | Pages Vins, Directory of French Winegrowers | French Wine (Wikipedia)

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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