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 Vintage2000 Label 1 of 157 
ProducerChâteau Léoville Barton (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
AppellationSt. Julien
UPC Code(s)031259009872, 031259027562, 087000322943, 3277034831857

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2014 and 2036 (based on 176 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Leoville Barton on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 93 pts. and median of 93 pts. in 206 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by tr09 on 7/2/2015: needs 5 years, better 10+.
Lacking the acidity to go much further.All round savoury, dense, lovely, fragrant. Give it time. (479 views)
 Tasted by AllRed on 6/13/2015: Time to Taste 2000 Bordeaux (R&D's): Decanted for three hours and rebottled then poured with dinner roughly three hours later. Dark and somewhat brooding; black fruit with a slight jammy quality with earthy undertones. Somewhat firm tannins with red and black fruit, earth and iron flavors. Good finish. Young and needs a few years yet...drink from 2020+. (1448 views)
 Tasted by jrobs7777 on 6/3/2015: Is this really 15 years old? It is developing at a glacial pace, but based on the tasting notes from the mid-2000s, it has already shed some baby fat. It is in a fresh spot, with a lot of bright fruit that sits over some secondary development. A touch of herbal and cedar on the nose, giving way to bright fresh red and blue fruit. There is incredible density here but it is so well balanced and structured that it comes across as very light and delicate. It is remarkable to think about what Bordeaux "can be" which is to say, powerful but balanced. Way too many Bordeaux these days are straight ahead bruisers. This is in a completely different style and to me is not only much more versatile, but it should appeal to a larger audience. Some of the numeric scores are probably a touch high but this style of Bordeaux at this price point has become rare so I can understand the enthusiasm. (2128 views)
 Tasted by PSPatrick on 5/12/2015 & rated 92 points: Best Bottle Dinner at Restaurant Riz in Frankfurt. We drank this Château Léoville Barton 2000 alongside a Château Gruaud Larose 2000. This Léoville Barton looked younger than the Gruaud Larose and had the less expressive nose of the two, offering dark fruit, cucumber and coffee. On the palate the Léoville showed dark flowers, black currant, cherry, cucumber, coffee, chocolate and tobacco, with medium to medium-plus acidity, smooth, ripe, medium-plus tannin and very good length. The Léoville needed some time to open-up, but then became smooth and balanced. Compared with the Gruaud Larose 2000, this Léoville Barton seemed younger, fruitier, riper and broader, yet more reserved, and promised better aging potential, whereas the Gruaud Larose was more open and accessible and gave more drinking pleasure at current stage of the wines. A very good St. Julien! Start drinking from 2018. 92+ for now. (2850 views)
 Tasted by Matt Scott on 5/11/2015 & rated 97 points: See previous notes
...However, THIS is the best showing yet of the Barton goddess. Decanted for three hours. Layers of silky tannins. Blackberry, lily, licorice, granite and black tea. The nose shouts, the palate simply soothes. Exceptional elegance and each phase shows literal glycerin. Burlesque. Drink now -. (2988 views)
 Tasted by dsruban on 5/9/2015 & rated 93 points: Excellent wine - balanced, complex, just starting to develop tertiary characteristics. (2704 views)
 Tasted by gew71walsh on 4/13/2015 & rated 93 points: Deep purple color. Beautiful fruit and leather on the nose and palate. Wonderfully complex-- opened more in the glass after a four hour decant. Paired superbly with beef tenderloin. This is drinking well now, but is subdued in a minor way that indicates to me that it will become more integrated in the future. This has a long life ahead and I look forward to drink my other bottles over the next ten years. (3503 views)
 Tasted by Serge Birbrair on 4/12/2015: WOTN in Bordeaux 2006 and younger tasting (3051 views)
 Tasted by dream on 4/2/2015 & rated 93 points: A beautifully balanced wine that definitely needs more time for secondary flavor development. Black fruits, chiseled texture with lots of graphite minerals. Not as big as some of the other wines tonight but I love where this is going. Tasted blind at North, Armonk, NY 93+ (3307 views)
 Tasted by LIE-user on 3/29/2015 & rated 94 points: Outstanding wine. But really no need to hurry ;-)

I'll wait with the next bottle for 1-2 years. (2749 views)
 Tasted by SonnyChiba on 3/29/2015 & rated 93 points: Fairly consistent to my last tasting of this wine about a year ago. Still has that campfire smoke, dark fruit, and even a little red licorice on the finish which I liked. A very fine wine, that is still probably on the younger side. Just isn't quite there yet. (2887 views)
 Tasted by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on 3/28/2015 & rated 93 points: Classic Barton! Still really tight. Needs a lengthy decant. Dark garnet in color. Well balanced. Much better 3 hours after opening. Still very acidic. (2142 views)
 Tasted by Tire-bouchon Griffin on 3/27/2015 & rated 93 points: Un grand millésime et ce qui a marqué un peu notre expérience c'est que le nez de cette belle bouteille s'est avéré un peu affecté par des notes un peu désagréable de réduction et on a eu l'impression qu'il était bouchonné. Après plusieurs minutes en carafe et dans nos verres ceci s'est estompé. Heureusement le goût était intact avec de la puissance mais aussi de la finesse. Le vin est terreux, avec des notes de tabac, de cassis, de graphite et de cèdre. Un plaisir exquis mais le vin pourrait encore vieillir davantage. Mon score aurait été beaucoup meilleur sans cet incident au niveau olfactif. (2309 views)
 Tasted by lvjohn on 3/21/2015 & rated 91 points: Somewhat disappointed with this bottle. Decanted to remove any solids and then consumed over the next 18 hours. Although it was perfectly fine and understated, it just didn't change its flavor profile. Could it possibly be too young? (2387 views)
 Tasted by Yagil on 3/17/2015 & rated 93 points: Coravin tasting
dark semi-opaque red-purple
perfumed elegant fruity-floral aroma
full bodied, soft integrated tannins, smoky, camp fire, structured, beautiful grilled green pepper, blackberry, well balanced & harmonised, smooth and long fine/delicate-spicy finish.
already mature & ready, but can age peacefully 20 more years (2974 views)
 Tasted by JonnyG on 2/28/2015 & rated 94 points: A Matter of Taste: London Edition (Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea): Blue & black fruit on the nose, a touch restrained; purity defined on the palate, with a lovely sweet aspect emerging; lush, dense and elegant at the same time. WOTF. (3119 views)
 Tasted by bevetroppo on 2/20/2015 & rated 91 points: On first impression (after decanting and waiting for a half hour), this is not necessarily a sock-knocker-offer. Don't get me wrong, it's an exciting glass of claret, but I don't understand for a second why Lord Voldemort would have described it as "enormous, even monstrous in the mouth..with tremendous extraction, broodingly backward, dense flavors, and copious tannins."

Hey, unlike Lord Voldemort, I'm not the greatest wine critic who ever lived, so what do I know, but this mid-weight wine seems much more about balance and a supple, catlike femininity as opposed to being a minion of the Dark Lord, which come to think of it, when has Leoville Barton ever crossed that line? After tasting 200 2000's that day, did "he who must not be named" get his sample confused with Chateau Montrose? Can a wine labeled as 12.5% even achieve oral monstrosity, or Montrosity? Inquiring minds want to know.

My instincts to decant appear to have been sound, because even at an hour plus it's still somewhat closed. Pretty deep red color, mostly still opaque, lightening to attractive paler pinkish red at the rim with no signs whatsoever of advancing age. Nose a freshening mix of cassis, graphite, cedar with some black pepper on the perimeter. Balanced, round, medium-bodied, plenty of tannin but in proportion. A bit drying on the finish, though.

Two hours later: No more open than before, actually seems a bit shut now. Maybe a little coffee creeping in. I can't tell if it needs more time to unfurl, but I wish there was more fruit-that would help. (2945 views)
 Tasted by jonanator on 2/19/2015 & rated 93 points: I loved this wine. It is maturing nicely and slightly on the young side but in a beautiful place right now. The nose was classic Leoville Barton and reminds me of why I love Saint Julien. This will be a great wine for years to come, and has the potential for an extra point or two with some additional bottle age. (3264 views)
 Tasted by nc99 on 2/11/2015 & rated 93 points: Best barton I have ever had. With 2 hour decanting, this wine will be singing. It's even better than the 82 and 86 I recently had. The wine had good complexity. Must buy at this current price. (3333 views)
 Tasted by Wfjohn on 2/9/2015 & rated 93 points: Delicious wine. Excellent balance. (3233 views)
 Tasted by Sourdough on 1/18/2015 & rated 94 points: A beautiful left bank Bdx/St. Julien. Still a tad young but getting close. Lovely and complex in every regard. (3119 views)
 Tasted by Indran Rajendra on 1/9/2015 & rated 98 points: Was that really a purple meniscus I saw and was that raspberry on the nose or was it all in my imagination. 14 years old and still youthful though those aged characters are starting to creep in- cedar,mushrooms and manure. Otherwise the wine offers up blackcurrant of course, cherries, cafe au lait and roses. Full bodied and elegant this wine is made in a classical style. More open that a recent bottle tried. I would drink this wine without reservation now. Coravin first pour. Drunk at 16 degrees C. Best after in the decanter for 1/2 hour. Riedel Bourdeaux glasses. (3690 views)
 Tasted by petitblanc on 12/27/2014 & rated 93 points: 12 hours slow oxidation. Youthful bright cranberry-violet color, ample sediment already in this half bottle. Floral perfume, ripe primary fruit, graphite, juicy acidity, fine but persistent tannins. Alcohol just in check. Excellent, classy wine, too young for me but worth revisiting in 10 years, it may score higher if there is enough material here to last. 12.5% abv. (3198 views)
 Tasted by La Grappe on 12/27/2014 & rated 91 points: Decanted 1 hour ahead. This is just about ready, but would benefit from more time in bottle. Quite intense blackcurrant fruit on the nose and initially on the palate, but the middle is somewhat restrained and there is some tannin on the finish. Not yet fully developed, but promising. (3140 views)
 Tasted by Philman15 on 12/24/2014 & rated 95 points: Soft and velvety tannins. Still a lot of fruit with tobacco, dark berries and chocolate. Benefitted from an hour or so decant. (3005 views)
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The World of Fine Wine, September 2010, Issue #29
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JancisRobinson.com (10/16/2003)
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Vinous, May/June 2003, IWC Issue #108
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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

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Red Bordeaux Blend

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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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