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 Vintage1961 Label 1 of 186 
ProducerChâteau Léoville Barton (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
AppellationSt. Julien

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 1962 and 1989 (based on 2 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Leoville Barton on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 92.5 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 7 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Keith Levenberg on 10/10/2014 & rated 96 points: Terrific. This isn't the greatest '61 I've had but it still knocks the socks off anything from younger generations. It is always a treat to drink this vintage. Deep cigar tobacco aromas with a backdraft of the same on the palate, finishing more like smoke than liquid. There is still plenty of sweet red fruit here and while the tannin has mostly melted away to give this a saturating mouthfeel, what remains is really satisfyingly gritty. An old-style masculine Bordeaux still going strong and likely to stay there for who-knows-how-long. (6071 views)
 Tasted by pjaines on 12/13/2013: Classic, beautiful, mature, elegant but still with the guts for more years in the bottle. The structure has melted away and has left pashmina soft wine with no rough edges that is purely brilliant mature Bordeaux. It still has some acidity to balance off he wine. Truly brilliant. (1661 views)
 Tasted by andrewstevenson.com on 6/1/2007 & rated 90 points: A very attractive mature colour. The nose has deep black fruits. Very attraction on the palate, this has a lovely open, full feel. There are some slightly lifted high tones, but here they serve to make it more attractive. It has nothing like the length of the Poyferré and is actually a touch short. Very Good Indeed. (3887 views)
 Tasted by andrewstevenson.com on 6/1/2007 flawed bottle: This has an Avery’s label, but was chateau-bottled. It has a clear appearance, looking more mature with more of a polished oak colour than the first Léoville Barton. It feels a bit corked on the nose, and is definitely so on the palate. (4044 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 1/10/2007 & rated 89 points: Dinner at Acquarello with Garen and Wilf. This wine started stronger than the Poyferre and the las Cases but came in a distant third by an hour into the dinner. Just not very pleasureable and a bit past it's prime I think. Drink up. (4741 views)
 Tasted by Jeff W on 2/9/2005: Linden vertical.
Faded ruby-brown. Sweet fruit, with a liquorice note. Strong volatile acidity. Soft tannins and a good length. It's probably past its best and fading, but still approachable and enjoyable. exc (4232 views)

Professional 'Channels'
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (5/11/2011)
(Ch Léoville Barton St-Julien Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (3/10/2005)
(Ch Léoville Barton St-Julien Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, July/August 2002, IWC Issue #103
(Chateau Leoville Barton Saint Julien) Subscribe to see review text.
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (6/28/2002)
(Ch Léoville Barton St-Julien Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, June 2007
(Chateau Léoville-Barton St Julien) Chateau bottled. A lovely, mature, claretty appearance. The nose has a vibrancy, a meaty-minerally character, deep and stylish, clearly very good quality. Rounded, complete, stylish, with plenty of substance and texture. A slowly fading finish. This is very good indeed and is certainly a challenger for top wine of this flight which focuses on St Julien.  17.5 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.


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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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