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+.
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.
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.
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 -.
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.
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+
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.
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.
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?
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
14 years old and still closed. Robert Parker in the Wine Advocate in 2010 says "it makes a mockery of many modern-day consumers wanting a wine for immediate gratification". His window for drinking then was 2018 to 2050. Despite the reluctant nose and the harsher tannins there is a sense of a brooding presence. There is an underlying richness waiting to emerge. There is also a trueness to the St Julien region with a pure ripe blackcurrant spine. The empty glass has a strong aroma of eucalyptus.This wine was bought at an Australian auction house a few years ago and it certainly has been cellared well. Drunk in Queenstown with friends. Looking forward to the next bottle perhaps in 5 years.
tasted blind. upon reveal I was shocked this didn't perform better. lots and lots of funk. full and firm, but just not as much to enjoy and savor as I would have imagined. Decent structure. Maybe just closed right now, or needs more time - it was not decanted.
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
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
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!
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
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
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Much anticipation as I have been holding these for more than 10 years waiting to open. Initially smelled like a sneaker. First drag very gritty and not impressive. As time wore on, this improved but I think falls short of the hype.
Decanted for two hours. Ultimately the best showing yet for this chiseled Greek goddess. Porcini mushroom, clove, blackberry, scorched earth and violets. There's an oolong tea aftertaste during the endowed, and echoing finish. Layers of silky tannins and the body is full and well-defined; I am really taken to an ontological place of pure contemplation. Engaging. Drink 2013 -.
50th birthday party. Decanted for 6 hours. Blackish red color. Graphite and tar on the nose. Much smoother than expected but this wine has some grip on the finish. Notes of roasted red fruit, raw meat and cassis. Delicious right now but this is also made for the long haul. Among the best Leoville Barton's I've ever had. 97 points.
Decanted about 30 minutes then back into the bottle with gas. Initially pretty closed with straightforward dark fruit and minerals. Smooth but pronounced tannins with long finish. Good balance and structure. Second and third day with some time in the glass opened the wine up considerably, yielding dried fruits with some tart cherries. Still rather straightforward with essentially no earthiness or savory flavors. The 2003 vintage is much more interesting and has better structure. I think another 5 or more years in the bottle will bring forth rewards. Also, a longer decant of 3 or 4 hours or more would be beneficial.
This is an awesome wine. Period. Along side the Langoa Barton 2000, the Leoville Barton hits a notch above on all counts - nose, palate, and finish. When I think of Bordeaux, this is on a short list of definitive examples. So much depth, and yet weightless. So powerful, and yet silky. So expressive of its terroir. So perfectly integrated. So perfectly balanced. So seamless. Awesome.
Wow, remember when this wine was a blockbuster? Now it's practically a ballerina. There is so much that is impressive about this already but one of the most remarkable things is how svelte its figure is, with the tannins commensurately fine-grained and lacey. I never would have guessed this could turn into something so feminine and elegant. That's the impression in turns of mouthfeel and shape, anyway, but the actual flavors are serious and deep. You get a twist of blue and black fruits tinged with cedar and iron; at times the minerality seems almost more prominent than the fruit, but both are probably less emphatic than they otherwise might be because the tannins are still wrapped around it all, as elegant as they are. They certainly do not compromise the drinkability in any way. This wine keeps you coming back to it so compulsively I was almost tempted to open a second.
- Garnet color. It's in total harmony with a full body. Fleshy texture with a long finish - Still young, but drinking well after an hr open. Constantly evolving in the glass , paired incredibly well with veal Marsala
Very dark ruby. Reserved nose of dark fruit, charcoal and earth. On the palate very tight and closed, not yet showing much charm. I wonder whether the fruit was fully ripe and therefore strong enough to support the tannic frame. Time will tell. Wait another 3-5 years.
Sunday Group: 2000 Bordeaux (Barb's): Deep crimson color. Notes of green tobacco, anise and black fruit. Full-bodied, with firm tannin. Flavors of red fruit, spice and roasted herbs; hint of underbrush.
Goedhius Bordeaux Cru Classe Tasting (Saatchi Gallery): This is amazingly still very young and I will come back to it in another 5 years. Nose of red fruits, earth and vanilla. Full complex mouth with a deep undercurrent of tannins. Medium length. Is it true that these wines will be drunk by our children's children?
Decanted 30 minutes. Great bottle bouquet immediately' then faded. Nice cedars oak, mineral and red fruits and black cherry very elegant palate that is supremely balanced. A steak may overwhelm, and I would start drinking now. Very feminine for the vintage and retains its personality. A welcomed respite from big cabs
Brought to restaurant at room temperature, had it cooled for 15 minutes and opened. The nose developed slowly and was light, but pleasant smell of cherries, plums, cassis, oak, and vanilla. The taste was superb evolving as each sip was different and opened up more. The finish was quite lush and long.
Clear dark ruby in colour. Clean nose of cassis, cedar, and leather. Dry, med+ acidity, med body, nice tannins, cassis, black fruit, cedar, and herb on palate. nice finish. As other notes show, this wine is young. Opened on day one, and it was very closed. Recorked and opened on day 2 and it had definitely more on palate and nose. A great wine, that will only get better with age.
Hard to rate because it is still closed. I reluctantly opened a bottle from a case bought at auction simply as a baseline for future reference. Beneath the youthful color of this wine lies a sleeping giant possessing a mighty structure. All the elements were there. A rich and powerful nose that hints of the earth. Fruit and tannins so closely knit as to be inseparable and a rewarding finish. As almost all before have concluded in their tasting notes, this wine is severely in need of time. And time it shall have.
Slow-O 2 hours, served at cellar temp, double-blind. Unmistakably Bordeaux in the glass, with plenty of rich, nuanced aromas and flavors that draw you in, and keep you there. Others have noted how much time this still needs, and that may be so, but if this bottle is representative, I'd be popping some of these right now - they are stunning and highly polished; sure to get better, but oh so tasty right now with some airtime. J&C's bottle. FWIW, I guessed St Estephe, 2001. Drink thru 2025, 12,5% abv, score: A
Has this wine with 3 other excellent 2000's. Lynch Bages, Cos D'Estournel, and Croix St Georges. Double decanted six hours prior to drinking. This wine is a monster. The only wine of the four that is not ready to drink. Lots of tannin and underlying complexity but not really in its drinking window now. I will not open another for several years.
Beautiful and luxurious bouquet with cassis, graphite, cigar box and also a touch of paprika. On the palate cassis and great tannin as well as all the luxurious elements from the bouquet. Full bodied and round and complex with beautiful acidity. Doesn't show all of its merits now. It is a classical wine which will improve over the next 5 years, if not decade. So next bottle not before 2017.
G6 (Kevin): Double decanted 4 hours prior to serving. Black in color. Intoxicating nose of blackberry and caramel. Tastes of blackberry, currant, mocha, violet, leather and cedar. Deeply complex finish. Very young. Needs at least 10 more years to come around. Hold. 12.5% alcohol.
decanted, and part of a three vintage vertical (96, 00, 03). this is soooo worth cellaring. the 03 is like a second thumb, a strange and wonderful anomaly, but this wine is built like a brick shit house and requires patience. so take the sunday NYTs and plop your butt over the abyss to wait for a totally satisfying "ahhhh." 94+
Oooooh, yeah! Expressive and powerful blackberry and loganberry aromas, intermixed with wet black dirt and leather. Dark purple color. Full bodied. Impeccably well-balanced between fruit-acid-tannin-alcohol, this wine is the real deal. Fruit is dark, and rather concentrated, but the good acidity and lack of overt alcohol presence keeps it from coming across as over-blown. This certainly is drinking well now, but also seems to suggest it will drink well for a longtime thereafter without effort. I guess a drink window of now through 2050. In a photo-finish with this evening’s ’78 Rioja for my WOTN. This is a marvelous wine.
Tasted blind. Powerful nose of dark fruit cassis and spice. A discussion ensued as to whether this was left or right bank. Final decision was that it was the best of both. Elegant and subtle, possessing a feminine grace. This wine has several years to go but it is worth drinking now. Medium long finish
Drunk alongside 1982 Las Cases at lunch, Beaufort Street Merchant, Mt Lawley, Perth WA. Not entirely sure how to rate this. Bottle in good shape, decanted and poured after about 45 minutes. Colour a deep, youthful ruby red, opaque at the centre with no bricking at the edges. Nose a little closed at first, but after time started to give up almost Barolo-like notes of dried rose petals and tar, but with additional telltale Medoc scents of liquorice and crushed rocks. However, the palate was somewhat awkward and unbalanced for me - don't get me wrong: it was all there - superb acid backbone, lovely fine (still big) tannins, beautiful red fruit and minerally core, but the proportions seem a little wrong at present; is this wine going into hibernation? I have had this experience with the 1996, 1990 and 1989 in their early middle age too, and all are now beautifully balanced and at the peak of their drinking plateaux. I suspect this needs another few years to bring all its elements into focus. A slightly unfair bedfellow with the 82 Las Cases, I feel...
2000 Bordeaux Retrospect: Alcohol :: 12.5% Bottle 2. Similar notes with the 1st one on the palate but this showed better on the nose with complex aromas of sandalwood, leather, earth, blackcurrant and spices. Very rich and powerful, mouth coating intensity and very fine tannin that leads to the powerful long finish. 89-91
2000 Bordeaux Retrospect: Alcohol :: 12.5% Bottle 1. By far the most powerful wine in the line up. Not much to offer on the nose but the palate is, powerful, rich with good concentration of fresh sweet fruits and lots of tannin and muscle to shed. Almost palate staining intensity. Velvety long finish with tobacco and leather aftertaste. A wine with refinement. I would say this has the best aging potential follow by the 2nd bottle of Pontet Canet.
Decanted and drank with a group of 12. Filet and Truffled custard. 9 different 2000 Bordeaux. This was my favorite. My contribution. Decanted 45 minutes and it continued to improve in the glass while I tried the others. Classic. Very drinkable now with proper decanting and it will continued to improve with bottle age not doubt.
This young, primary wine, expresses an elegant style of Leoville Barton. Blackberry, cassis, earth and tobacco scents open up what seems like an early maturing wine for this chateau. The tannins have more softeners and polish that I usually detect in their wine. Give it another couple of years to develop complexities.
A tremendous wine still in the flushes of youth. A couple of people on the table were surprised by the elegance they found in here, although there is certainly no lack of power. Backwards and tight-knit at the moment this is going to need time to get into its stride. Very compact core of fruit and supreme balance. Fine fresh acidity. This was drank alongside a 1999 Mouton and to be honest there was a huge gap between the two. For drinking now I have to say I preferred the surprisingly evolved Mouton, but ths is the better wine in gthe long term. Fresh dark fruit and ultra-fine tannins promise a great future. If you can wait, give it another 5 years and you will be rewarded. 93+
Very dark red, hints of purple. Took a long time to open up. Great nose, understatd fruit, complex. Lovely warm mouth feel, exceptionally well intergrated and complete. Tannins are not promounced but there is plenty of grip there. Well leave alone for ayear or two.
2-3 hour decant with little evolution in that time. Paired against an Achaval Ferrer 2004 with tenderloin. Deliscious, fairly classic Bordeaux with more fruit and youth ( even for a 10 year old Leo Barton) than I thought but balanced and cool minerality that I have always liked in St Julien. I feel that this really should be left alone for two or more years. Still it was outstanding.
What a treat. The wine had a superb Saint-Julien profile. Chalky, with great fruit and a delicious perfume, and a hint of licorice. People rated this among the top 3 wines of the night, and we had some great wines in the flight. This reminded me of why I love Bordeaux.
San Antonio vertical wine dinner at Steve's house. Color is a dark ruby/deep violet color, densest of the group of Leoville's. A powerful nose with some blackberries, oak, cedar, and charcoal. Palate very intense with brooding mushrooms, chocolate, earth, cherries. To me, this wine just had the most depth of the exceptional group.
Day 2, fortunately I took home rest of this bottle and had over dinner with sister in law in Comfort. Opened up even more, with some new notes of cassis and a more velvety, long finish.
San Antonio Wine Geeks - Leoville Barton Vertical (Steve's house): I had more trouble wrapping my head around this than everyone else. Nose was quite closed and ahy, but giving a hint of reduction mixed with some red fruit and a little heat. Noticeable alcohol on the palate, though this was relatively mild and didn’t detract in itself. Darker fruit profile than the previous vintages and while hinting at density on the palate, stayed light and focused. Medium finish with typical cedar spice and toast. Just seemed really tight to me. Nothing really wrong with the wine and no obvious flaws, but I didn’t find this enjoyable and I really have trouble projecting where this is going. It certainly has no other similar comparisons from this tasting. Just shut down? NR
Wine dinner with Chateau Leoville Barton & Langoa Barton during ProWein 2010 (Dusseldorf): More effusive on the nose, with lead pencil and ripe cassis as well as light hints of charcoal, the wine has lost just a bit of the beastly tannic edge when I tried it in Berlin in May 2006. Four years later, it is still somewhat unruly, with powerful tannins, but there is a layered richness and harmony on the mid palate and onto the finish that make it a top-tier Medoc from the 2000 vintage. I especially like its mid-palate substance and persistent ripe red/black fruit finish. Its tannic power was a nice foil however for the rich duck. Still not ready, 93+ now, but 95 points in 5-10 years no doubt. For reference, just try the beguiling 1982!
2000 St. Julien Tasting Dinner (5 wines) (New Buffalo, Michigan): My first time trying this vintage and the 1st bottle of my case of this 2nd growth that I have opened. Decanted for 7 hours. Low sediment. Pencil shavings on the nose. Dark purple color. Perhaps the darkest of any of the 5 St. Juliens. Firm tannins. Notes of charcoal, wet black earth and smokey red fruit. A powerhouse (even in this lineup) and the most backward of the 5 wines. Still it showed great pedigree. Give it time. Parker to start drinking in 2015 but I think it will take longer than that. 94-95+ points.
Noir: Beaut. first nose; floral element, w/ blkberry-cassis; exposed masculine flavors of dark berry, tabacco, but closed up quick, to open up slightly later; tannic, a bit hard, but with lots of promise--excellent w/short ribs and stroganoff sauce. from conrad
Black fruit, truffles and spice in the perfume. Normally, this is a big, brooding, old school wine that takes decades to shed its ample tannin. 2000 is a refined vintage for this Chateau. The wine is already showing well.
Definitive Bordeaux (Mirabelle Restaurant Austin, Texas): Full and rich on the palate, balanced but a bit angular, dark and dirty, the Leoville Barton seemed balanced but not all that complex......yet. It had some dark fruit and Asian lilly on the nose, was dry rather than sweet, and simply needs a lot more time. It reminded me of the 1982, pleasantly dumb for about twenty years and then a very fine wine of structure, balance, and tar/leather/cedar flavors....
I'm relatively new to this game, but this is the most impressive bottle I've ever consumed...period. The "anticipated maturity date" made me feel bad for opening up this bottle so young, but it couldn't have been more delicious and ready to drink (after a 2 hour decant) and was the perfect partner to my NY strip at one of Charleston's finest, Cypress. 96 - 98
Triple decant for two hours. Enticing inky-purple and garnet. stunning rim. A primary amount of tobacco with cigar box, following with violets, dried blackberry and a little leather. Mesmerizing. The tannins are velvety and round; in an obvious way. This is not quite as good as the '05 or '03, however, it is truly a classic. One of the best St. Juliens ever! A true example of my personal favorite appellation in Bordeaux. All the beautiful and stunning features aside, this powerful and elegant masterpiece could still wait a while. Quite enjoyable with the right amount of care and begging, if you will. What a stunner and it is still quite enjoyable. Drink 2013 - .
The Colonel's Xmas Party (The Hide, London Bridge, London, UK): Decanted for a short while, although not really long enough, the nose was full of fruit with some savoury notes showing a glimpse of the future farmyard tones, quite concentrated purple colour almost out to the rim, the dark blackberry fruit muscling into your mouth leaving a twang of tar behind it, very full in the mouth with the tannins competing with the fruit for your attention which indicates its youthfulness, i'm a fan of the Leoville style, other found it a bit of a monster, would happily leave this for another 5 or more years before opening
This is potentially a very great wine in an old school style. Mouth searing tannins that only melted away with the beef stew. It has wonderfully pure fruit but the massive structure and clinical mouth-feel of the wine precludes great enjoyment at the moment - but heaps of appreciation! This is a wine that WILL improve - try the next bottle in 5 years.
Had this at a blind tasting at the Olds with Roast Beef. The other two wines were 2001 Robert Mondavi Reserve and 2000 Columbia Crest Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. This was the group's least favorite - it was so different than the other two. Lots of tar. Dark - Not balanced. I hope that it will improve with age - it certainly was not ready now. (Leoville Barton is usually a favorite of mine so I was surprised)
Dinner @ Phil & Ena's (guess the wine) (Richmond, VA): Decanted for 2hrs, serve double blind. Old world aromas of earth, leather, tar, someone at the table mentioned it was like walking into a barn, certainly manure comes to mind. Old world continues on the palate that was rich and concentrated, with tar, coffee, tea, terroir, with undertones of blackberry, currants and cassis, very backward at this stage. Needs time for all these components to intergrate, maybe 5-10 years. But everything is in place. My #3 and groups #3. 91++
ICCCW 2000 Bordeaux Horizontal Tasting (Jade Palace, Forum Galleria): The panel did not like this very much, but I thought it was a very good wine that just happened to be in a rather awkward place at the moment. Started beautifully, all plush fruit and great elegant power, but it quickly withdrew into a rather harsh, tannic robe. Nose remained lovely throughout. Serious, with a playful streak, it showed sweet cassis, dried earth, a little puff of cigar smoke, some green peppers, a dash of herbs and a little glycerin, all in a super-integrated bouquet. Palate opened really deliciously, with sweet cassis and integrated acidity on the attack, along with a real sense of depth following up, with layers of plums, and thyme-like herb in the background. All rich and concentrated, with lots of energy. Finish was nice and clean, with a very open feel as well. It blew me away on first taste. Unfortunately, it began to get a little disjointed with time, with the fruit receding and hard, rather harsh tannins beginning to assert themselves, so much so that the fruit almost seemed a little emptied out towards the back-palate. It was hard to get past the structure past the 45 minute mark. Still though, I think this will be a beauty in time. It was the most backward of the wines we tasted. I would give it another decade to be sure.
Fruit forward nose, cherry and leather. Very well balanced, medium sweetness with a taste of raisins and leather. Tannins still a little strong, but drinking nicely. Will get better. Remote and closed.
Tasted this at the same time as pjanes.... Basically it was outstanding. This is probably the best bottle I've tasted so far in my wine "lifetime". I'm not going to rate it, but if this is something to go by... buy it, drink it... do what you can to get hold of it!
Still a baby - deep colour - primary fruit on the nose but with incredible intensity and complexity. In the mouth fine grained tannins and classic st Julien notes. This could have done with a couple of hours in a Decanter. Fantastically complex, alluring and elegant - years ahead of it. Excellent.
Will improve, but delicious now in my opinion. Wonderful complex flavors of red fruits, cherry, blackberry. Deep garnet color, a bit closed on the nose. Overall an outstanding wine that will continue to get better.
After the [2001 Pichon Baron] Paulliac proved something of a disappointment, the list was perused again. Seeing the 2000, 01 & 02 vintages of this wine all at the same price was a red flag to a bull. This offered similarly fine yet prominent tannins, but was garlanded with much fleshier red berry fruit, a better balanced structure, and longer, better balanced finish. It’s still not really a first choice for after-dinner drinking, though!
Still quite youthful, with blackcurrant fruit that is starting to open out, some vanilla from the oak and some unresolved tannin; a long finish but the flavours are not yet fully developed. This promises to be an exceptional wine, but it is not there yet.
St. Louis Saturday Group -- 2000 v 2001 Bordeaux Tasting (Jim Dove's home): This was my wine of the tasting -- but, I was alone in that sentiment, with the next highest score a couple of points behind that. Some found it spare and acidic. Beautiful lead pencil and black cherry / cassis fruit on the nose. Some coffee. Very much like the 2000 Montrose -- dense and wound up. A massive core of fruit to this wine. Solid. Rank: 16/18 Vintage: 2000.4
bordeaux tasting (Binny's Highland Park): nose: lots of power on this even with though this wasn't giving as much as it will, you can just sense the greatness behind it with ripe cherries, pencil lead, cedar box, cranberry, smoke, and chalk tones. This will be a massively expressive nose when it breaks free
taste: the flavors are slightly muted, but there is soooo much here to be excited about with chalk tones accompanied with dust, chalk, cherry, pencil lead, cedar box, and tobbacco tones. just real classic Barton flavor profile, but to a jacked up degree
overall: this is a big wine with the backwardsness that you'd expect from barton with a great weighted feel. Lots of promise with this wine with a great long finish. If I owned one of these, I wouldn't touch it until 2012 at the earliest and probably not until 2015-2020 and I can imagine that this wine will be a very long lived wine
Jeroboam Club: Ch. Leoville Barton Vertical (Averys, Bristol): Youthful deep, saturated, inky purple in appearance. Exotic nose of toasted coconut, ripe jammy cassis and blueberry fruit, Juicy Fruits gum. Bigger and denser than the 2001. Also fuller bodied in the mouth. Weighty and impressively structured; fills the mouth; refined tannins. Still an adolescent, big-boned, but shows excellent promise.
Leoville-Barton Vertical (Nook): Serious tannin but with such a saturation to the inky black fruit that the flavors, gloss, and youthful sweetness manage to seep through the muscle. I would have expected this to be closed, but it wasn't. Still, in comparison to the lesser vintages of 1998 and 2002, it distinguished itself in size more than character.
Blind tasting of vintage pairs (Alba Restaurant, London): Dark, tannic, dominated by very very sweet oak. Reminded me of very young, very expensive claret. Wondered if it might be a Mouton or a garagiste St Emilion, but it wasn't low in acidity. Can't believe it was Leoville Barton, where I've never detected sweet oak before.
San Francisco Bay Area Leoville Barton Vertical (Moraga): Dark ruby red. This wine was decanted for about 12 hours, perhaps a mistake since it showed essentially no nose at all, except for faint notes of caramel and oak that developed after some time in the glass. On the palate, the wine is much more impressive, with fine, even silky tannins balancing very impressive fruit extract. This was infanticide of the most serious kind to open this, but it may well be that this wine will combine both the power of the best years (1982 and 1990) with the finesse of a vintage like 1985. Shows the same underlying level of extraction as the 1996 and 1994 (and not found in earlier vintages), which led most of the group to believe that at least some change in wine making style occurred between 1990 and 1994. Anyway, this is one not to disturb for at least 10 years...
Having consumed the 1982 Leoville Barton recently, I have to say that as great as the 1982 is, the 2000 will unquestionably be even better. In fact, with its ripe fruit and appealing mouthfeel, the 2000 probably has a lot in common with the 1982 when the latter wine was only 4+ years old. That said, what makes the 2000 Leoville Barton more compelling than any other LB that I have ever tasted is the fact that it is an enormous wine, but still harmonious and balanced. It's fleshier, and deeper than any other wine from this house that I've ever tasted (1982, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998), and it doesn't have the same strong tannin character as some other good vintages (1995 in particular). Its almost more like its neighbor Leoville Las Cases, in terms of sheer size and concentration. Over the course of 3 days, the wine continued to improve. I hope to wait at least until 2010 to try again. (96 points)
2000 Château Léoville Barton - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien (10/25/2003) After about 2 hours in the decanter, the nose on this wine was very faint. Now after 6 hours it has opened to reveal smoke, super sweet jammy dark fruit, chocolate, and earth. I am sipping this wine incredibly slowly because I am enthralled by the nose. Wow. The wonderful mouthfeel caresses the palate of unbelievably sweet blackberry and dark chocolate. The amazing part of the palate is that I can just sense that there is so much more there; it is just hiding below the surface. Though this wine has strong tannins, they are completely in balance with the rest of the wine. This is the best 2000 I have had. I can only imagine what it will be like in 20 years. Night 2: Nose has evolved to reveal incredibly intense pencil shavings, super sweet blackberry, spice, and chocolate. The smoke I found last night is gone. If anything the palate is bigger than last night. The flavors below the surface have risen to fill out this wine completely. The palate offers more chocolate and blackberry. The tannins are much prominent this night. The wine still possesses an endless finish, but it is now much more chalky. (97 pts.) J. Goldberger
Mid ruby-purple. Fragrant nose of blackcurrents. Quite hard, with muted fruit. Somewhat green and reserved, perhaps closing down. Some minerality. It opens out in the glass to reveal more fruit and tannin. This is clearly a big wine, but with the components not yet in harmony it is difficult to judge at present, at least for me.
Dark red and completely opaque at the core. This wine was quite oaky on the nose, however not in a gross overblown way. Very complex and intense with a superb, wide structure, plenty of definition and harmony. I especially loved the straight-forward sweet nature of the taste. As it evolved in the glass, one could sense a vulcano with a long fuse, ready to erupt in about 15 years. Long aftertaste. A big wine.
After about 2 hours in the decanter, the nose on this wine was very faint. Now after 6 hours it has opened to reveal smoke, super sweet jammy dark fruit, chocolate, and earth. I am sipping this wine incredibly slowly because I am enthralled by the nose. Wow. The wonderful mouthfeel caresses the palate of unbelievably sweet blackberry and dark chocolate. The amazing part of the palate is that I can just sense that there is so much more there; it is just hiding below the surface. Though this wine has strong tannins, they are completely in balance with the rest of the wine. This is the best 2000 I have had. I can only imagine what it will be like in 20 years. Night 2: Nose has evolved to reveal incredibly intense pencil shavings, super sweet blackberry, spice, and chocolate. The smoke I found last night is gone. If anything the palate is bigger than last night. The flavors below the surface have risen to fill out this wine completely. The palate offers more chocolate and blackberry. The tannins are much prominent this night. The wine still possesses an endless finish, but it is now much more chalky.
Tasted double-blind at Vintage Wines, Ltd. Bottle provided by Ken Johnson. The wine was opened within 30 minutes of initial tasting and was not decanted. Being labeled as "unknown #2", the identity of the wine was revealed relatively early in the course of the evening. Bright disc. Opaque purple robe with a purple rim. Clean nose, initially showing dominant weedy/underbrush aromas, with currants and cassis lurking in the background. Full-bodied on the palate, with huge tannins and similar initial vegetal/herbal flavors as for the nose. Medium, slightly dry finish.
When tasted completely blind, this recently-opened, un-aerated wine was not pleasant. I incorrectly guessed that it was a '98 California Cabernet. The identity of the wine was then revealed, and my subsequent impressions were accordingly fully unblinded. Allowing the wine to aerate and tasting it sequentially over the next two hours, the wine's aroma profile changed substantially. My score (given as a range) reflects this subsequent unblinded tasting. The "weediness" subsided and aromas of coffee, black cherry and cassis took center stage. While still not particularly pleasant to my palate, I can understand why professional wine critics (who have a much better ability to recognize potential greatness in such young, backward Bordeaux) recognize this wine as a blockbuster. It has the structure to potentially develop into something special, but I'm not sure that this will occur during my lifetime. It certainly is unlike any other Leoville-Barton that I have tasted, and indeed is the most massive and backward 2000 that I have tasted to date.
Dark red, purple in the glass. Licorice, liquer, caramel and berry leaves coming out of the glass. Over some hours it developed into more of a traditional Bordeaux with hints of roasted coffee and cigar box. Very ripe and incredibly broad shouldered. Sweet in a vanilla spice kind of way, and to begin with the wine seemed very "international" in style. Luckily the wine turned to more classic characteristics over the night. Very, very long finish.
There is just an explosion of fruit and sweet vanilla coming from the glass. The gobs of red and dark fruit have amazing breadth and depth. The fruit is cushioned by beautiful sweet tannins. An amazing young wine. At maturity it will be spectacular!
Tasted at the 2002 Wine Spectator Wine Experience in Las Vegas at a seminar of '00 and '89 "Super Second" Growths moderated by James Suckling. The very classy Anthony Barton was on the dais and had some great quips, like: "When people ask me when to drink one of our wines, I usually tell them it's a difficult decision: it's between either lunch or dinner." "The 2000 is a DSD vintage: Don't. Sell. Drink." Beautiful color. Aromas and flavors of dark sticky fruits. Tasted almost like a cult Napa cab. Vivid and velvety, with a long long finish. My #2 favorite of the tasting (#1 was the '89 Pichon Baron).