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
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!
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.
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.
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!
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+
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+
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
righ out of the bottle after srewing what defense the Juice I wonna enjoy from ...
deep grape of Cabernet Sauvignon - Cassis - nwe oak (french I guess) some farmyard - earthy - heavy duty..
TASTE: open and slightly evolved - sweet and juicy right into all of your gorge .. overwhelming big taste .. getting better and better Fruits of Cassis Blackbeeries all togehter like a amvellous ROte Grütze a pottpourri of all dark boisn fruits .. with some Vanilla Creame
I Cant´s stand it to wait how this Wine will developpe in any fruther years - I guess incredibly better and better - and open knitted
Klar, dyp, mørk rød med blåskjær. Ung, mørk nese med røde og blå knuste bær, mokka, pepper og vanilje. Fast og slank kropp med høy fruktkonsentrasjon. Noe rå fremdeles. Saftig og frisk syre. Tørr utgang med faste, unge og tanniner med lett sødme. Fin lengde med mild skogsbærsødme. La ligge. 91-92 P
Color of deep red. Scents of red and black berry fruit and some leathery notes. Tastes were smooth and of red and black berry fruits, some leather in the background and medium tannins (smoother and more integrated than I expected).
Pop and Pour. Just a bit shut down on the front end. Decent concentration and lingering finish which is surprisingly smooth - but the fruit is in the background. This is drinking nicely albeit a bit disjointed. I think this will be an LB to drink unusually early.
From a half bottle. Decanted 3 hours. Cedar and cassis aroma. Acidic, tannic taste with some fruit. Overall impression was of a heavy duty wine that was somewhat closed overall, and more acidic than I would prefer. Better with chocolate. My friend loved the "cedar box" quality though. Saving the second half bottle to age quite a few years.
Blackberry, fig, leather . . . reminds me of the laces on my childhood baseball glove. A very long finish. This bottle blew me away. I expected it to be young, closed, and low on fruit at this stage. But this reminds me of a new world wine with the refinement and complexity of a Bordeaux. Lots going on here, and very approachable. Clearly also expresses the prospect of an even brighter future.
Decanted for about an hour before beginning to drink, then drank the rest over the next four hours. This really started to show its best after about 3.5 hours in the decanter. Initially, it was pretty closed, showing some very light fruits of plum and dark cherry, as well as some herbs and tobacco. After it hit its stride, there was darker fruit, with lots of graphite, tobacco and ash.
not ready to drink on the first day but i try anyway-wine was not ready; didnt drink on second day; thrird day was gorgeous, explosive and deep wine although some fruit was still hiding somewhere under that cloak of tannin/acid/structure; willl drink then ext one in 5 years (glad i bought more after this tasting)
april fools wine tasting; 4/1/2012-4/2/2012 (Scott & Todd's): Open for business from the pop and pour, past an hour+ decant, and then the next day. Luxurious without getting sloppy or sweet, like a tightly woven silk rug, or corduroys made of cashmere. Nose of strawberry ganache, prickly pear and sawdust. Classic currant, lead, plum flavors with good length. A lot more like the Cali Cabs than I expected but has a bit of restraint at the end, not as showy but classier for it.
$mell$ fabulous: Extracted berries and cassis with espresso/coffee notes as well. Berry fruit flavors, licorice, graphite. Tannins are prominent but not overpowering. Obviously on the young side but drinking surprisingly well right now.
I was expecting the wine to be among the heavyweights of Bordeaux 2008. Perhaps, but more broadly this was middle class from structure. But utterly seamless, understated with such a nice balance. I am no expert, but the balance could mean long life ahead for this Barton.
This reminds me of the '86 and maybe a little better. Decanted for two hours. A classic Barton nose of blueberry, currant, black cherry, mineral, toasty oak and white flowers. A welcoming concentration - especially for the vintage - and Medoc finesse. Succinctly made and eventhough it reminds me of the '86, it is a lot more approachable at a younger age, (the '86 took twenty years till it was ready). Polished tannins and a medium-long finish. I honestly don't know the shelf-life of this - Barton can really age. Drink 2013 -.
WFA - 2008 Bordeaux Horizontal (Suntec Convention Hall): This too is complex and intense with blackcurrant, creme de Cassis aromas that surrounded by an array of capsicum, earth and hint of spiciness. High acidic backbone with good dark fruits concentration, spices, mineral, tea leaves leads to very juicy, sweet tannin that is almost mouth coating, and long finish, though not as long as the Poyferre. This too is very tasty. 87-89
I rarely open a young Barton but from reading some TN's i decided to check in...The color is an amazing bright purple which really looked inviting..Nose: For such a young Barton this opened up quite nicely with incense, black and blue fruit, leather, and minerals...The nose should develop very nicely over time ...Palate: A nice concentration of black and blue fruit which is impressive for an 08. Hints of tobacco, leather and minerals but its the bright fruit that is shining at this stage. The tannins are firm and powerful but in no way blocking the fruit ..This is the best drinking young Barton I have ever tasted. Everything is in balanced at this stage but time will bring out all those secondary notes..I totally recommend people buying this and enjoying them early and a decade from now.Plus the 08's present a great value..Cheers
Tired at GLengarrys Bordeaux tasting. Beautiful nose and less tannic compared to the others, balanced, elegant, long, long finish. “Balanced” would be the perfect word to describe this wine. Rated No 1 by me for the night. Loved many of the wines tried that night, but this one stood out above all of them. Delicious!
At the beginning: very stimulating, but at first very vanilla flavoured, new oak, BUT: after hours, 12-15 hours, it become much more developped, in other words: loevely, komplex, sweet, this is so one said: tasting on the fruit, hopefully this wine will stay like this, and gets in the future much more enjoy-points ! 93/ 100 Points ! But this is really worth its money ;-)
Raises the bar on all of these UGC wines tasted today– with sweet fruit, pretty floral notes, and a bit of spice giving this palate some life that the other wines in the tasting seem to lack. This wine has sweet fruit with proper ripeness, balance, structure to age. Very pretty in a purple-fruited way that is very distinct from the top Right Bank wines, first real success on the Left Bank so far – except for maybe Malescot – but this is better right now. Unfortunately, when I went back later for a re-taste to check my assessment again, there was none left. 93+
UGC 2008 Bordeaux (The Drake, Chicago IL): nose: tight, but robust nose filled with tones of black currants, dark red cherries, cedar, tobacco, and loads of dark red fruits. well layered right now with very good depth, though the nose is very tight
taste: full bodied and in typical Leoville Barton style, very backwards on the palate as well. Gripping tannins that shred the palate with robust tones of black currants, dark red cherries, tobacco and dark red fruits poking through
overall: This will need a long time to come around. Not really a shocker as that is the style that Leoville Barton works with. This is a big bad boy that certainly shows a lot of promise right now, but a very patient hand will be needed
Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux 2008 Tasting (The Barker Hangar – Santa Monica, CA): Quite restrained and closed at first but with time in the glass there are elegant aromas of currant, herbs, and forest floor. Surprisingly open on the palate, which is in a primordial state, with stunning rich currant fruit and firm sweet tannins. The structure is obvious and there is not a lot of complexity at this point but I think there is potential due to the fact that it is so embryonic. 91+
Impressions on some 2008 Bordeaux (and some '98s and '88s): My favorite of the '08s, with a big, new oaky bouquet but with the extract to back it up. Good ripeness and depth and of course plenty of tannins, but not hard nor closed right now. Very good, but not worth the $50 stores are charging for it.
Dark purple coloured. Initially quite restrained on the nose, with time reveals lovely sweet cassis. Full and dense with ripe but grippy tannins. Lingers on the palate with black fruits and creamy oak.
08 Château Leoville Barton is deeply colored. With black fruits and hints of cherry, the fragrance was a pleasure. In the mouth, while the flavors were concentrated, the tannins were slightly rustic, leaving a dry sensation in the finish. 90-92 Pts
Bordeaux 2008 (Bordeaux): Much better performance than en primeur, with typical depth, substance and breed. Layers of flavor, showing cassis and cedar but just a baby, with prodigious tannin and structure making this a brooding Barton. But it displays more elegance than most of the Margaux I tasted... 91-94
Bordeaux 2008: First Glimpse (Averys, Bristol): No score. Not giving much away at all. Very tight, very tannic, pretty high acid. I can't get past all. This isn't a negative comment, it's just so tightly wound I can't get into it.