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 Vintage2008 Label 1 of 182 
TypeRed
ProducerChâteau Léoville Barton (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
Designationn/a
Vineyardn/a
CountryFrance
RegionBordeaux
SubRegionMédoc
AppellationSt. Julien
UPC Code(s)031259027562, 031259043272, 3660327010815

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2018 and 2038 (based on 78 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Leoville Barton on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.4 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 84 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by d'Artagnan on 4/5/2015 & rated 91 points: Souper de fête Sylvain à Québec: Souper de fête Sylvain
Un nez de fruit noir, de prunes, avec un peu de chêne discret.
La bouche est vigoureuse, d'une belle puissance, avec de bons tanins gommeux, seule la longueur un peu courte trahit le millésime. Très belle qualité et un bel avenir. Excellent. 91+ pts (4608 views)
 Tasted by jkoenen on 1/23/2015 & rated 90 points: Too young to assess. Slightly unbalanced and bitter at the moment, searching for a direction. The fruit is good, structure too. It's just not the right moment. (5340 views)
 Tasted by Bigblue on 11/29/2014 & rated 91 points: Decanted 3 hrs. Dark color with some reddening on the rim. Nose is a bit subtle, with graffite, alcohol, earth and dark berries. Pencil shavings, minerals and dry dark chocolate on the mid palate. Not getting anything else on the finish other than the flavors already mentioned. I wonder where this wine is going to be a few years from now. Hold! (6466 views)
 Tasted by Comte Flaneur on 11/25/2014 & rated 92 points: A shy nose with mineral notes. Subdued on the palate. Fresh, lifted, balanced and harmonious, with hints of iodine and iron ore. Beautifully made, svelte and seamless with no rough edges. Will start to drink well in 4-5 years. (6343 views)
 Tasted by SonnyChiba on 11/23/2014 & rated 91 points: 90-91+pts. Almost pitch black in color. Big and chewy, tons of earthy, minerality, barnyard notes with ripe black fruit black licorice and ultra tight tannins. Dry and alcoholic on the finish, but easy to detect that there is a lot on its way. As with most Barton I have tried, leave alone...forever! (5086 views)
 Tasted by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on 11/23/2014 & rated 92 points: Decanted 1.5 hours before drinking. Inky blackness - deep black through and through, with no reddening on the edges. Boysenberry and blackberry flavor. Similar to the 1999 insignia that proceeded it. Bitter and heavy, heavy tannins. This could last forty years. Also lots of alcohol, but tolerable - 15%? Super full bodied. Licorice on the back end. Still too bitter, but will be great in 10-20 years. (6428 views)
 Tasted by rossi.wine on 11/15/2014 & rated 93 points: Like the 2010 Langoa Barton, this is also pretty tight and closed at present. Slightly floral on the nose, dark fruit, cedar - very subtle and fine. Elegant and fine on the palate as well, tight, with round but drying tannins, well balanced with good acidity. Very long. Patience will be rewarded, a great wine in the making. 92-93+ (3353 views)
 Tasted by MEKWINE on 11/15/2014 & rated 91 points: Balanced. 5 years away from really showing its full potentilal. Iron, minerals and graphite on nose and palate, good long finish. (4169 views)
 Tasted by Strikermax on 11/7/2014 & rated 92 points: Zeer donkerrood. Uitbundige, verleidelijke geur van cassis, chocolade, luxe hout. In de mond nog een stuk minder verleidelijk: erg jonge, stroeve tannines. Goede concentratie. Lang aanhoudend. Een wijn met veel potentie. 92+ (3520 views)
 Tasted by Drankard on 10/5/2014 & rated 93 points: This year it is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc with 60% new oak. Very open, deep rich dark berry fruit aromas with layers of chocolate, tobacco and cassis. It shows intense, ripe fruit with balanced acidity and minerals/graphite. Classic Bordeaux! (4758 views)
 Tasted by bajayngo on 9/8/2014: Wow did this wine deliver. The nose was an intoxicating mix of graphite, peppers, green olives, pencil shavings, beautiful fresh dark fruits, mineral and grainy goodness. The palate was much the same with a nice mineral entry followed by fresh fruit and finishing with gripping tannins. The wine was seamless from nose to finish with layers of complexities in a amazing old world rustic style that I loved. There where pops of fennel, pepper, earth and on and on. Still a young wine but very approach able and for me a real treat! Thanks for sharing Motz! (5421 views)
 Tasted by Motz on 9/8/2014 & rated 94 points: The pièce de résistance at a tasting I hosted for friends over two days. It did not disappoint. The wine features a highly appealing, even seductive, bouquet of fruit, funk, graphite, gravel, peat, molasses, licorice, violets, and crème de cassis. Intensely juicy attack, plush mid palate of excellent focus and depth, layer upon layer. Great acid, medium tannin. It finishes with a flurry of flavors, nuance, and grip. The wine's charm and verve make it imminently approachable at present, but patience will certainly be rewarded. It should evolve for a few years and drink well through 2025+. Excellent quality! (6005 views)
 Tasted by Johnfromspokane on 9/6/2014 & rated 93 points: Big and bold, exactly what I would expect from a good st julien. Black cherry, graphite, charcuterie, spice and earth. Good wine, not a great qpr. (5258 views)
 Tasted by Saint Stephen on 8/30/2014 & rated 91 points: To my palate this wine is very good but needs another 5-10 years. Concentrated, not particularly charming, lead pencil, red/black fruits, somewhat grippy tannins. Still enjoyable as a reward for a 21 mile run, but again, put this one away until at least 2020 in my opinion. On the fence about buying more since it can still be found at a good price. (5345 views)
 Tasted by Man in Black on 7/12/2014: The wine is clear and bright with a deep ruby colour and presence of dense legs. The nose is clean and developing, showing medium+ intensity aromas of dark plums, dark cherries, black currants, lavender, walnuts, almonds, cinnamon and cedar. The wine is dry in the mouth with a medium+ acidity. It has high coarse tannins and a medium alcohol. It has a medium+ body and pronounced intensity flavours of dark plums, dark cherries, lavender cinnamon and almonds. The finish is medium+.

It is an outstanding quality wine with a great fruit concentration and a nice finish. It shows a very good complexity provided by oak ageing and it has a great tannic structure. Can drink now, but it has enough tannins, acidity and fruit concentration to develop more complex tertiary aromas in the next 10+ years. The wine is young yet approachable at this stage.

I would say this vintage has been underrated, at least in the case of Léoville Barton, is not as good as the 2005, but the QPR is way better. (6302 views)
 Tasted by RickyT12 on 7/7/2014 & rated 92 points: Nice garnet color
Graphite, cherry, leather nose. Tannins a bit strong. Ripe cherry, creme cassis, black berry a little acidic on the nose. A little dust. Cab franc is great on this wine. Cherry, creme, blue berry, blackberry. Still very young. Very nice cherry and chocolate flavors. I need to hold off opening this one for another 5-7 years. (6468 views)
 Tasted by winelegends.net on 6/19/2014 & rated 92 points: 92-94
Dunkles Rot-Lila
Klar schwarzfruchtig.Toastaromen,Cassis,viel Lakritze,Hauch Tabak,würzig.
Sehr dicht,fleischig,verströmt eine Frische, doch sehr rund,Tannine schon recht glatt,leicht samtig.
Voller Körper,gutes Säurerückgrat.
Besitzt mit mehr Zeit auch eine florale Komponente.
Langer dunkelfruchtiger ,leicht prägender Abgang.
Klar zu jung,kann aber problemlos angetestet werden.
2.Tag nicht wirklich verändert,leicht pflaumig,erdiger,sehr ausdrucksstark.
Viel Potential. (6292 views)
 Tasted by WMWG on 6/19/2014: CT Tasting Group (Steve's House): Tasted Blind - Seemed largely shut down to me, still quite tannic and structured. Very full nose of black raspberry and graphite. Full bodied showing black currant and earth with some spice.

Very good to Excellent - Hold (6417 views)
 Tasted by rossi.wine on 5/17/2014 & rated 92 points: Quite backward, firm, grippy, great fruit and structure, good length. Classic claret, needs more time. 91-93 (7000 views)
 Tasted by janka on 5/1/2014 & rated 91 points: A fine Bordeaux ready to drink but will improve the next 3 - 5 years (6141 views)
 Tasted by fatfishzsy on 4/26/2014 & rated 89 points: 香气:蓝莓、橡木、香料
口感,灼热、中等强度单宁,轻薄酒体。 (5939 views)
 Tasted by RickyT12 on 3/26/2014 & rated 92 points: Juicy perfume nose. Round chewy. Nice blue berry, cassis a little oakie. Tasty, tannins. Nice hints of barnyard on the nose. Light weight. Medium acid. Structure is a little loose, but still tasty. (6797 views)
 Tasted by Whinojb on 2/16/2014 & rated 93 points: Dark color with no bricking in sight. Still looks young and is. Nose was enormous with slight funk, mushroom and "forest floor" - beautiful notes of wood (not too over bearing) along with cassis and stewed dark berry. Palate was refreshing, rich and wonderful all the way down the hatch. What a wonderful effort and am looking forward to approaching this in 2 years to see how it's evolved. It has the workings to certainly improve as it settles down into its teens. (6790 views)
 Tasted by jeffm_fla on 11/26/2013 & rated 91 points: Nice nose with butterscotch notes, smooth and pleasant. A favorite at my group's recent blind tasting. (7595 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 11/16/2013 & rated 92 points: Luxurious bouquet with dark forest fruits like cassis etc. and beautiful oak. Same on the palate with beautiful dark fruits and acidity, round and still very powerful tannin with a firm bite. Luxurious wine still in its infant stage. Wait at least until 2020 or probably better until 2024. 92++ for now. (7044 views)
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (7/4/2012)
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (1/19/2012)
(Ch Léoville Barton St-Julien Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Jul/Aug 2011, Issue #34, Re-Visiting the 2008 Bordeaux Vintage: Is It Superior to Both 2009 and 2010?
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, July/August 2011, IWC Issue #157
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By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Jan/Feb 2011, Issue #31, Snapshot of the 2008 Bordeaux Vintage- Really a Lovely and Classically Proportioned Year
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By Julia Harding, MW
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The World of Fine Wine, June 2009, Issue #24
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
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By Ian D'Agata
Vinous, May/June 2009, IWC Issue #144
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By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (1/21/2011)
(Château Léoville Barton) Dark purple red violet color; very appealing, berry, ripe plum, blackberry nose; tasty, poised, blackberry, berry, graphite, relatively rich but balanced palate; medium-plus finish 92+ pts.  92 points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, October 2010
(Chateau Léoville-Barton (St Julien)) Creamy, dark, concentrated and slightly sooty black fruits on the nose here, still with a very polished substance too. This quality comes through on the palate but here there is also a strong structural component alongside the textural elements. The fruit has a darker, blacker quality than some other wines but the style is still very fine and polished, the tannins firm but working perfectly with the fruit. A well-honed and very true finish. A classic vin de garde in this vintage which seems to suit the style to a tee. Not the most elegantly polished fruit in the appellation, but still top quality.  18+ points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, April 2009
(Chateau Léoville-Barton St Julien) A different style to Langoa, with darker fruit, and more extraction I would think. although it maintains a welcome freshness. Textured and dense on the palate, although with some suppleness, but there is also a seam of ripe, well matched tannins. Forceful yet harmonious, with a big rounded finish dominated by tannin. As usual this wine is more backward than many of its peers in this early stage of its life, but the potential and raw substance is all here.  17.5-18. points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, November 2012
(Château Léoville-Barton (St Julien)) Another wine displaying some appealing fruit character on the nose here, in a defined and confident style. It seems quite tight and closed in on itself right now, nevertheless the fruit character can be perceived. The palate is very fine, fresh, gently polished, most importantly harmonious and composed. There is a very attractive wine here. Impressive harmony. Grippy finish too. Showing very well today.  18 points
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Château Léoville Barton

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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

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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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