See previous TN, same here: beguiling red-fruit-perfumed nose, sweet ripe fruits in the palate. No decant. After one hour starting to dry out in the (thin) finish, so time to drink up. Not green, but thin. Bought this (good looking bottle) for curiosity and low price at an auction, just to see how 97s are today (drank mines many years ago). Still a good St Julien, but not for cellaring any longer. After a while open it starts to decline rapidly. For the weak vintage not bad, but nothing to look out for. Drink now, no decant. 89-90
Very very good 97 - utterly correct St Julien notes, tremendously long on the palate - can still taste it hours afterwards. A really delightful surprise (three entirely consistent bottles). Buy it if you can....
Still dark red, rim with a bit if brown. Sediment not coagulated. Great nose. Full and smooth at the front of the mouth. Quite a lot of tannin on finish. Tobacco leaf, spiced plum and blackcurrant. Savoury. Benefits from two hours breathing.
This bottle fared better than the last in storage...fully mature, dark fruit still there, plenty of ancillary notes - the predictably cedarwood, a bit of licorice, a bit of leather and chocolate. medium finish. Pretty darn good.
Cedar, balsamic, herbal. Soft fruit, tobacco, green peppers, cut grass. At palate confirms it can age some more. Generally speaking very enjoyable. A bit underrated looking at the community notes, IMHO.
CT Offline VI--San Antonio Edition (San Antonio, TX): Notes of meat, white pepper, oak and mushroom. Very tannic and still astringent. But after about 2 1/2 hours of slow oxidation, this has really found its own. Drinking superbly right now. Great meaty and very earthy essence. This will probably improve slightly over the next 2-3 years, and then plateau for quite a while thereafter.
CT Texas VI - Return to San Antonio; 10/18/2013-10/19/2013 (San Antonio): Full ruby color with no bricking. On the nose, nice aromas of plum, blackberry, cherry, and tobacco. On the palate nice flavor of dark berries, bright cherry, and tobacco. Nice finish with decent length and grip. My guess is that this is the best this particular wine will show. Drink over the next few years.
This wine continues to impress me - year after year it continues to give pleasure, with no sign of being past its best - defying the predictions of the experts. Still deep ruby, fruity nose with cedar and mint notes and some pepper and spice. Lovely rich mouth-full - earthy, forest floor, blackcurrant. Loving it - well done Anthony Barton !
Last bottle from case and surprisingly lovely......proper mature claret with decent weight and quite complex mid palate, classy and surprisingly complex bouquet. Just a little dilute and short for better than VG+ (16.5/20).
Lovely nose - classic cedary Bordeaux with soft red fruits, not the greeness or overt bloodiness of a lot of 1997 wines; smooth and elegant on the palate, very enjoyable, a lovely stage for drinking now, I wouldn't keep this any longer.
One of the best in some time. Very balanced, smooth, and flavorful. Rewarding to the pallet, rich and warm. Perfect time to pour...wish I had more! The legs are Medium. It smells like Diacetyl(butter), and Chocolate. The body is Medium/Full. The wine has Satin-like texture. The wine finishes Medium.
Drank along side the 1997 of its cousin, Langoa Barton. Both are very typical St Juliens, but that's as far as the similarities go. I continue to love the Leoville considering it's from a year considered mediocre at best. The Leoville is considerably more complex and balanced than its lesser cousin, and has that bit more grip and "oomph".
Lowest score I have given to any wine lately! Brett, brett, brett! The earth is turning cow manure. Not one of the five of us could stomach it! It's an acquire taste - right! I say to a limit. Too bad.
This wine is growing on me, and definitely merits the 90 I gave it 2 years ago, maybe more than that. Very St. Julien, as others have pointed out. I get the cedar bouquet, almost minty (reminiscent of some new world cabs, e.g. Thelema). Not spectacular nose, but palate is rich, multi-dimensional, plums, blackberries, some tannins but fairly mild for a LB. Considering the vintage, a thoroughly enjoyable drink, and well ahead of a recent Pomerol from the same vintage which cost twice as a much !
Popped & poured. The cork was in perfect shape. The wine was medium ruby in colour. It was pretty developed and offered a slightly musty nose, with a floral touch, some black currant, cucumber, aubergine, iron, leather, cedar and musk. The wine tasted a little musty, with fading dark fruit flavours, vegetal notes, cucumber and leather, and a long lasting aftertaste. The wine benefitted from moderate aeration, but developed a very thick mouthfeel, which I found disturbingly unpleasant. Yet another bottle of 1997 Bordeaux that was past peak.
Slightly murky appearance, nose is pencil shavings, blackcurrant. On the palate it is fairly thin, fruit is fading, quite acidic. Was OK with food, not really enjoyable. Don't know if this was a bad bottle or getting old.
750. Mature disc. Very St. Julien nose. Lots of sumptuous fruit, black and red - laced with great cedar and leather notes. An herbaceous streak, but by no means a green one. Similarly rich palate, some iron filings. I'm surprised by how beautifully perfumed this is. The balance is impeccable, but of course this is Leoville Barton. Red fruits and cedar on the finish.
Purchased from Benchmark about 6 months ago. Fine cork. Nice red color, no bricking. Initially restrained nose and not much tannins. After about an hour, the nose opened up nicely and the wine was drinking well--very soft, round, felt like lots of merlot, not much of the "gumption" of cab. Clearly true to the year, but a perfectly nice bottle to drink now.
Slightly mute nose but perfectly acceptable of light cedar and dark fruit. It did not give alot away al night. Balanaced in the mouth with reasonable length. Perfectly acceptable if a little subdued.I suppose it is right for the vintage. Acceptable whilst unexciting. Bought EP and now being drunk a coming of age.
Stellar wine, absolutely in its prime. Nose of damp earth, like walking through the forest after the rain - but minus any green notes. The palate started off like unsweet black cherries stored in a tin but gradually opened up into much more vibrant cherry and currant flavors. Paired INCREDIBLY well with the chipotle mayo on our crab cakes - the spice really brought out the umph of the wine. Not a very powerful finish, but it lingers.
Some of the recent notes on this had me worried, which is why I opened this now. Not OTH any means. Classic mature bordeaux flavors of dried fruit/flowers, cedar with excellent acidity and sufficient tannin for this to go a while longer. Not at the end of its life, but it's not likely to get better either.
The bottle was decanted 1.5 hours previously. It is worth to mention the excellent quality of the cork. The first impression is the beautiful color and a very clear purity. The smell is quite appealing. Unfortunately, keeps the taste not quite. Although this is quite expressive, but you can tell that this wine has reached the end of his days. The finish is rather short. Without food this wine is not suitable alone and rather weak. With cheese - particularly sheep cheese - still unimagined qualities come to light. Drink immediate or sell!
In my opinion, a bargain! This is a at least second growth quality! Dark dark ruby in color, very healthy! Nose red jammy fruits, saddle leather without any greenness, well made! Obviously, people keep saying 1997 is an off vintage, I'm glad to tell you this is not the case for Leoville Barton, a wine of simplicity but pure, acidity and tannins still showing here. 5 years to go minimum.
Ruby colour, medium/fast legs. Blackcurrant and red-currant bouquet, slightly one-dimensional. Sweet, and fruity palate, round and soft and easy to drink (tannins fully integrated), slight bitterness on the finish. For the vintage, a very typical and enjoyable St. Julien.
A bit too much popping and pouring again! Really much better after half an hour, but 3 drinkers meant we were half way through! Pretty classic stuff - black & red fruit, pencil shavings and some slate but a little less oomph and richness than some vintages.
Dark crimson color with typical St. Julien earth on the nose, slight barnyard, and forest leaves. Good structure, full-bodied on the palate with hints of fig, dark cherry, oak, vanilla, tobacco. Decent finish with silky tannins. Drink now until 2017.
A very distinctive wine with a hint of sweat, spice. The nose floats out of the glass and fills the area near you. Very smooth tannins. Seems like it is at peak, but is still fresh. My favorite wine of the tasting.
You need to let this one open out. Popped & poured it was muted, a bit lightweight and rather one-dimensional. An hour later and we've more red & & black fruit, cedar & pine and a hint of tannin still holding in there. Have with food.
Full garnet color. Warm, woody nose that is nicely supported by cassis fruit and some spice (nutmeg). The initial attack and mid-palate seems more open and rich than the nose suggests (wine has been opened for 8 hours). Refined for this vintage with enough plumpness to excite. Finish is fairly weak with some bitter tobacco overtaking the wine’s fruit. A good bottle of this and in fact a wonderful showing disregarding the finish. Alas, only good taking all components into consideration. (87)
Opened & decanted an hour before Sunday lunch. Appeared light clear garnet in glass. Nose rather sharp & dry; pine needles & sea. Taste was restrained, cassis & cherry elements with slowly expanding warmth and resolving tannins. Great length however. Feeling that there is more bottle ageing to be had here.
Still pretty deep ruby / garnet. Leaner nose than the other ‘97’s this week: dark fruit sea shells and vanilla. Austere yet integrated. Palate is lean with some mature fruit notes and a grassy personality that stops just short of under-ripe. Not nearly as good as previous bottles. (84)
Pretty classic Barton going on here. Dark red fruits presented in a masculine, austere profile. Maybe a touch of green makes this even more cantankerous than usual. Eau de vie fruit continues on the slightly undernourished palate. This ‘97 is fully integrated and ready to go. While my note does not sound overly positive, the fact is that it presents a lovely wine if you like this flavor profile (I really do) – classic, no frills and no nonsense. Lovers of lush, modern Bordeaux will not find anything pleasing here. A success for the vintage, it feels complete in the mouth. To enjoy with food over the next 3 or 4 years. (90)
This is a very impressive wine considering the poor vintage.A pale ruby colour with garnet rim.Just poured the nose is closed and unclean but it improves constantly after half an hour in the glass.A very ripe fruits,toasty,blueberry,cherries,roasted herbs,black pepper,orange peel,liquorice,cedar,tobacco really nice, it delivers in the glass. The mouth is soft,with mature tannins,very well balanced,long,it lacks power but point out elegance and finesse.Overall a complete success from this famous Chateau ready to drink now but it has some more year aheah.Great stuff!!!!!!
Leoville-Barton Vertical (Nook): Pleasant to drink today. A lighter wine than the others but with no evident flaws. It has a generous, pretty scent with a pale red-fruit profile, nicely integrated with a brothy, savory finish.
At 1 Lombard St Brasserie, Micky and Dave. No formal note. Mature earthy, tobacco, some cassis fruit and smoke, fully mature on the palate, medium intense cassis fruit and tobacco, balanced medium length finish falls away a little.
Perfectly balanced, soft, rounded, long - hint of blackberries, tobacco, chocolate. Great length and good acidity - drinking well now. We opened it about 2 hours before drinking. Drunk with a Magret de Canard with a Red wine, prune and chocolate sauce - perfect.
Taken to dinner at Houston's with Youndy, Gerry and Rob. Along with a '97 Livingstone, this was my favorite of the evening (with about 6 other Cabs on the table). I bagged it to see if the guyz would pick it as bdx, which they did...but they missed the year.. this still looks youthful in the glass, huge nose. Lots of dried fruits in the aroma, layered and complex. On the palate, the same... fruit, but lean with those secondary flavors of cedar and tobacco popping thru. A really nice bottle of wine, my 4th, from a so-so vintage.
Deep garnet – still healthy color. Cassis, weed and tobacco on the nose. A bit greener than other bottles of this I have tasted over the last six months. Fresh palate with true Bordeaux flavors on the “cool side”. A lovely, elegant wine that is a perfect supper claret. (89)
Last of 12. Maybe I should have been more patient. This opened with a powerful, dark-roasted coffee nose, and showed some attractive plum and cassis notes. Quite high acidity, but not excessive. Tasting well but a little muddy - without the definition one might expect from a finer vintage. But very enjoyable nonetheless.
Took to tasting at Jason's office. Tight on opening, but quickly began to show. Lots of restrained fruit, balanced acidity and tannins. Drinking really really well. Just beautiful balance and real elegance. 4.0
Medium/deep ruby core, pale ruby rim. On initial opening (no decant time) this had a spicy nose with leafy notes and just a hint of green pepper. The underlying black fruit became more prominent with time. On the palate this was slightly more than medium bodied and more fruit driven than the nose with cassis and bilberry flavours and spicy, earthy hints. It had decent structure with mature tannins, still offering enough grip and lovely fresh acidity flowing through to a good length finish with lingering black fruit notes. A decent '97, certainly ready but should hold for another 3-5 yrs.
Light ruby/garnet starting to brick – beginning to show mature notes. Lovely nose of ripe cassis and plums mixed with graphite and a touch of vanilla. The slightest trace of weeds/grass actually adds complexity as it is faint, but layered. I am consistently impressed with this wine. Certainly in the camp of “classic” claret, yet still fun to have a glass before dinner. Medium intensity and length, but the flavors are all there and there is currently a lovely balance of components. This bottle is drinking perfectly now and I don’t see it getting better, but will surely last a few years. Solid. (16)
(Not decanted) Tight at first, but opened up in abt 30min. Medium bodied. Ruby red color. Black cherry, cassis, & hint of cedar on the nose. Classic Bordeaux... complex and turned into something great after 2 hrs of evolvement. Wine became rounded & smooth. Excellent QPR for ~$40
On opening, a little tight on the nose and palate. But this opened up beautifully over the 2 1/2 hours it took us to drink it before, over and after dinner. A contemplative wine, it was constantly changing and improving in the glass. Cedar, tobacco, nice tannins that grip but don't distract, good fruit and perfect balance. Outstanding stuff. 4.5-
Interestingly, the critics don’t like this much compared to other ‘97’s I have had lately. Put simply, this is the best ’97 I have had (I have not had any first growths). This wine has got body, it has got ripe fruit, it has classic Bordeaux flavors and it is in balance. It should drink well for the next 5 years. A total surprise and left the ’97 Ducru tasted with it in the dust. (17)
Nice dark color with no obvious signs of age. Earthy notes on the nose mixed with the smell of cherry twizzlers. Nice mellow fruits on the palate with tannins that are still fresh and a good finish. Ready to drink now but should hold up well for at least a few more years.
An outstanding bottle of wine. The nose was amazing... spicey, earthy and black fruit. The color was rich and full.. .no sign of bricking at all. In the mouth, dark fruit and, to me, a nice taste from at least partial whole cluster pressing. This was elegant and refreshing at the same time. The finish was long and so so satisfying. There are still substantial tannins evident, but everything was so seamless and in balance that I only noticed them when I really thoujght about them. With a big porterhouse and creminis in a red wine reduction sauce, this was about as close to perfection as one can imagine....We sat amd sat and lingered over this bottle until there was nothing left. Outsttanding. An LC 4.5+
(no formal notes) - Ahhhhh – what a difference a Bordeaux makes. This is not great or contemplative, but there is a refinement here that the Chateauneuf’s do not have. Very classic cassis nose followed by a medium bodied, elegant wine. Neither powerful or wimpy, this is a wine to drink with food. It is all Bordeaux, with nothing flashy that a collector would desire. I am quite happy to have a bunch of this to drink over the next few years. I bought this for a song and am very happy. (15.5)
Dick's Pre-purchase Bordeaux Sampler (Dick's house): This showed a lot of funk, which did not entirely blow off with some air. The nose was pleasant, exhibiting rich, fresh cassis and hints of cedar. Very soft, sweet, and forward on the palate, some green notes, with a moderate, somewhat thin finish.
Overall a nice wine, but disappointing in my mind since I was prepared for a more muscular bordeaux. Color deep ruby and looked a bit thin. Black cherry and cassis on the nose -- a nice fruit. Taste a bit tart at first but did sweeten . Obvious fruit and well balanced. No tannins. Moderate finish. Would have made a very good wine but I thought it was a too thin in body/texture. I like my wines big. If you have any of this lying around drink it now but do let it breath for about an hour before consuming. Further cellaring is probably unnecessary.
As I was starting to prepare a standing rib roast I cracked this and let it stand open without decanting for a couple hours and then popped it in the fridge for a few minutes to serve at 60-65 degrees. Right off the bat this was open for business. Nothing spectacular, but a very nice example of Bordeaux ready to drink and a very nice QPR as this is currently available for less than $40 and even a little lower on occasion if you look. Nice black fruit, some tobacco and chocolate, the tannins are resolved and the wine is nicely balanced. This is solid through the mid-palate and finishes nicely though with moderate length. As I've come to expect with this producer, a great value for the money and this vintage is one to enjoy now while waiting for the 95's and 96's to come around. I've seen less than favorable reviews on this wine and I really don't get it. I give it 89-90 points and would say if you have 'em, start drinkin' them up. I still have a couple but am thinking about adding a few more to drink over the next couple few years as it's hard to beat for the price.
Still a fairly deep reddish color, solid throughout. Nose of a little sweet oak, some cassis and a little herb. With time (a little) slight notes of plum and dried leaf. Didn't get a lot of time, but don't expect much was developing. Palate was surprisingly sweet, but not large or round. Tannins noticeable but not intrusive, acid very slight. Finish okay, but light overall. Not quite watery...but definitely a little dilute. Perfectly enjoyable for current casual drinking and okay for the vintage, but nothing to get excited about.
Medium to faint nose with beginnings of secondary tobacco and leather. Color is a clear ruby/red. Medium body and moderate tannins. Tasted light with little extraction. Not enough fruit to support the structure.(Fringale. Tasted single-blind with '97 Pichon Lalande and '97 Cos d'Estournel. Reversed the PL and LB when guessing, but got the Cos).
This is really a great wine and shows for me once again that Léoville Barton is able to make a remarkable product in a not so very good vintage. The wine is very complete and complex. Very tempting wine to drink young.