Inky black. Nose dark wet earth, A heavy, volatile aroma that cleared with 1hr decanting. Palate has minimal fruit (black currant?) and cedar/woodsy. Great structure, powerful tannins, lovely balance. Long finish. Impressive.
Nose filled with rich fruit and pencil lead. Entry is savoury and creamy, builds round to a tobacco laden, chocolate, spicy and rich finish. A very strong flavor profile this has a lot of complexity at the late stages.
Intensely concentrated with pure fruit and minerality. Well balanced, nose slightly reticent but subtle notes of flowers, dark berries and mocha. Full bodied with very long finish. Tannins were fierce even after a 6 hour double decant. Great wine that needs another decade before ready.
95+ pts. Very strong wine, but extremely young...Great example of the 2010 vintage. A massive wine full of flavor and big rich fruit - blackberry, blueberry, and tobacco burst from the glass. Gripping, chewy tannins. I really like where this headed and will stay away from other bottles, but this is a serious winner, and probably the best priced for 2010 grand cru.
Decanted 30 min. Dark as a moonless night. Super powerful nose. Blueberry pie on the nose. Hints of mineral, fruit just overflowing. Mouthfeel velvety, juicy, chewy tannins. Medium-heavy weight. Super powerful. Has great ability. 95+ with huge potential. The tannins were ripping my face off. Obviously young, but had to try it.
Tasted at “Mövenpick Tour d'Europe 2013”. The wine was dark purple in colour and offered shy aromas of mixed berries, black currant and subtle oak (chocolate/cocoa, coffee) on the pretty tight nose. On the tight palate the wine was light- to medium-bodied and very elegant, with shy red and dark fruit flavours and some graphite, paired with medium-plus acidity, medium-plus to high fine, ripe tannin and incredible length. The wine was very closed today, much more closed than at a tasting less than half a year ago. It will require a lot of patience, but even as closed as it was today it was obvious without a shadow of a doubt that the wine is destined to be great. There is no point in rating this wine now, but I am positive that it will score 93 – 96 once it hits its prime.
Very dark red. Plums, cassis and chocolate nose. Now in a wonderful fruit phase. Elegant and long. This is going to be a blockbuster Léoville Barton. I can imagine that this wine has the potential for 96 to 97pts at full maturity. But then when can one expect this wine to be fully mature?
Ultimo Wine Centre - Bordeaux 2010 Tasting (Swisshotel, Sydney): medium plus aromas of blackcurrant, cedar, cream, vanilla, splice and cassis. On the palate there are flavours of blackcurrant, cream, spice, cedar, rich, fine, long, tannins, very elegant, very well made, and well balanced, medium plus body…long finish. Glorious.
Tasted at Bordeaux 2010 Arrivage Tasting tonight. Very classic nose of black currant, some earth, well-integrated oak, spices and some graphite. On the palate this is a powerful, classic Léoville-Barton with a "take-no-prisoners" kind of concentration and power. Nevertheless, it is incredibly balanced, the tannins are massive but silky and the acidity adds freshness. One of my favorites of the night. It willl probably live forever...
I make it a habit to taste the freshly bottled Bordeaux when they arrive before I lay them down in my storage facilities. Having read lots of praise about this wine I was still sceptical. Leoville Bartons are very classical wines and rarely do well before they have many years under their belt, and unfortunately, even then they remain on the tannic side, especially for people who only occasionally drink Bordeaux... This is the second vintage of the new maitre de chais Francois Brehant. I don't want to offend anyone of the past but it confirmed what I always thought. While Leoville Barton was a great wine it significantly underperformed in respect of the terroir's potential. Tasting the 2010 it looks like this is a thing of the past. This wine is fresh, fruity with lively black currant and other appealing aromas, no joke, you can actually drink it right now so soft are the tannins although it will probably close down. I have never had a Leo Barton tasting this good when it was young. Wow! I am really looking forward how this wine will do when mature. A no brainer on your Bdx shopping list!
UGCB 2010 HK, Wow! Bing Cherry, blueberries, blackberries, Wild berries? Yes. Hints of Cocoa? Yes. Unique taste from the rest? Yes. Strong, yet smooth tannins? Yes. Swallowed, deep breath and you feel more berries, sweet liqourice and cherry? Yes. Could it be missing something? Okanagan cherries, too bad.
UGC 2010 Singapore (Singapore): Garnet. Together with the Malescot the best nose of the tasting with plenty of flowers. Dark fruit held in a tight frame with medium to strong tannins. Medium to long finish. Will take a lot of time to come together. 93+
Powerful, concentrated, tannic and intense, there is good volume, mouth searing tannins and a richness of vibrant, ripe, crisp fruit that create a long lived wine. From a blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc, fans of this estate, with patience and the funds should definitely be on the lookout for it.
77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc. An excellent wine and among the best from this appellation at the tasting. better than the 1996, 1999 and 2001. At this same stage though, the 2000, 2003, 2005 and 2009 were better. This wine was not as tannic as I expected and was approachable for being so young. Very pretty nose with some floral nuances. Sweet red and black fruit with notes of currant and jammy berries. This had a leathery feel to it. A little alcohol showed up on the finish. 94-95 points.
This lived up to the vintage hype for me. There is ample fruit that is present through the significant tannin. Nice acidity as well. Complex and long, the fruit is sweet and rich, but not plush. This has a lot of potential and is a great pick-up compared to the prices of the other wines. My red wine of the UGC tasting.
2010 UGC Bordeaux Tasting Chicago (Drake Hotel): Aroma has dark fruit and leather, but gets lighter at the end. Thought I may have gotten a bit of green in it as well. Taste was very nice and smooth with plum and tannic, but not too much for what might be expected at this stage. Moderate level of acidity. Tasted twice, 92 points the second time.
UGC Chicago (The Drake Hotel - Chicago, IL): I've always been a fan of Léoville Barton and this seems to be another great vintage. Dark and smokey, this is centered around a nice core of rich, dark and elegant fruit. Has a nice spiciness to it that gives is some exoticism and character. Lots of structure here....time should be helpful.
2010 UGC Bordeaux Tasting (Palace Hotel, SF): This is usually one of my favorites, but I thought today it was a bit reticent and subtle; nice balanced palate. Somewhat difficult to read. More than any other wine here, I trust that it will evolve in a more positive direction, but based on today's tasting I would rate it solid but not extraordinary. 90-93
The star of the show at UGC - 2010. Acidity was at a premium, and this was the only one to have truly tart red fruits, harmonized by acid, tannin, oak, etc. Hard to find fault here. Leave it to the old world leaning producer to make the most balanced wine in radical times.
Union des Grands Crus 2010 Bordeaux Tasting (Palace Hotel - San Francisco): This was showing slightly candied and pruney on the nose, along with rich red fruits, cigar leaf, and a touch of fresh mint. Much more exciting on the palate with rich black currants and candied red cherries showing through, along with cigar box, graphite, cedar, and a touch of prune. Firm acid cut with a long finish. I’m a big LB fan but this seemed to be in a bit of an awkward phase as usually LB shows much better than this when young, especially from a top vintage such as this. I went back and re-tasted at the end of the event and that sample was slightly improved with more purity and less dried fruits, although still not up to the usual standards. I’m going to reserve judgement on this, especially after reading the notes of others who tasted this in other cities and had a more positive experience with this wine. NR
Second time I taste this wine and it is great! Beautiful and classical bouquet with ripe dark forest fruits, graphite and beautiful, luxurious oak. On the palate the same impressions. Good acidity and tannin. Classical and elegant. Great length. Not over-concentrated, but exactly what you expect from this classical claret. Will deliver great pleasure for several decades. Now still open and friendly, but probably wise to wait until 2022 at least.
Cask sample. "Hidden luxury" is what I started my notes with. In this stage a lot of oak and concentrated cassis juice. Beautifully structured and round tannin. Good acidity. A great and classical wine. Maybe even the most concentrated Léoville Barton I ever tasted. Will probably start showing itself a bit around 2020, but I hope I will have the opportunity to taste this great wine before that. For now 94, but with potential for several points more (between 2025 and 2030?).
as per last taster, nobody could buy this at the price after tasting it at the sampler. I thought it was unrelenting, closed and a wall of tannins - you need to be an expert and have tasted loads of EP vintages to be able to predict what this has in store in the future (and based on pedigree it would not be a shock if this turns out a lot better than this) - I am no such expert so will sit on the sidelines. I think it's truly commendable that the owners of this property send EP samples to London for Enomatic machines (in addition to their commendable pricing strategy over the years), but on balance perhaps they would be better suited to sticking to the gold plated samples that the industry so carefully prepares for onsite critics in bordeaux.
Dark inky purple with a bright, intense cassis and violet nose. There is a little new oak aroma but it is a background note. Dense, full and concentrated with glossy ripe fruit and a toasty finish. The tannins are huge and grippy but ripe and not overbearing. Excellent.
Leoville Barton – Deep ruby with purple accents, cassis, earth and spice aromas open to a big mouthful of juicy, chewy, tannic, cabernet sauvignon. While tannic and broad shouldered, the tannins are soft and round. This is one of my favorite vintages of Leoville Barton. Like all the estates wines, this will age well, but it should be accessible earlier than 2005. 94-96 Pts
Superb nose - deeply fruited, dark and seductive cassis, classy and shows breed; Lovely texture on the entry and shows richness and concentration of the vintage alongside good acidity and well-managed tannins. Exceptionally long. Long aging, superb. 96-99