First things - the score is for today and will get higher. I can only suggest that comments about tired etc are arising from bottles with less than ideal storage. This one is just starting to reach respectable maturity. The tannins are resolving. Lots of berry fruit, mostly black but some rasp too. Lots of woodland notes. Great concentration. Good acidity and long.
Rich black fruit assail the nose as the wine was being decanted one hour before drinking. Brick red colour. Black fruit and hedgerows in the mouth together with leather and tabaco some tannin on the finish. good balance and length. Good now and over the next few years
Deep garnet core, pale garnet rim. Nose is quite developed with spicy black fruit, tobacco and hints of earth. Complex and quite rich. Medium bodied, blackcurrant, tobacco, very fine, almost resolved tannins, decent acidity, long harmonious finish. Lovely.
Brick maroon color. Nose of cassis, black currant, cedar, forest floor, damp earth. Still lively on the tongue with good acidity balancing filed off tannins, and layers of blackberry, currant, sweet grip, and leathery notes to savor. Moderately long finish. Very good.
Drinking very well right now. Bold ruby color. Only needed an hour of air to open up nicely. Lots of black currant, cedar, mushroom, and leather. Very smooth on the palate. Tannins round and integrating well. Prominent acidic backbone. Perhaps one of the most impressive things about this wine is the long, complex finish. No heat at all on the finish. Overall, a beautifully balanced wine that should continue to drink well for several years.
Peaking, great berries and floral notes. Virtually no tannins. Silk smooth. Would scored higher if it had the layers and depth of top bordeauxs, but still really good. Wife loved it. Slightly better second day.
1990 Bordeaux tasting in 2015 - round #1 (The Traklin - new location): double decanting for sediments removal 2 hours prior to drinking lively red-ruby colour, with almost no age signs classic Pauillac tertiary leathery aromas with oak-vanilla notes on the nose & palate, med-full bodied, firm tannins, good acidity level, well balance and excellent harmony, still holds fruitiness, present oak-vanilla, solid, mainstream, subtle spicy & veggie flavours, long enjoyable finish.
Coravin tasting transparent light red with amber rim elegant & complex aroma of dark dry forest fruit with notes of old clean leather, earthy-veggie, fungi, and light spice med-full bodied, fine round soft integrated tannins, excellent balance & harmony, very good complexity, high acidity level, fine spicy-dry fruity flavours, long quality delicate finish. A great joy!
From jéroboam. From the big bottle still a bold wine with a bouquet of herbs, raisins and some overripeness. On the palate a lot of power left, Cabernet sweetness, leather, round tannins. About two litres were left in the bottle and this was great for lunch the next day!
You would never guess the age of this wine from the color -- purple all the way to the rim. Decanted 6 hours before tasting. The nose gives some indication of bottle age, with a beguilingly complex aroma of perfume, rich leather and coconut. Cedar and currant on the palate. Tannins tend towards the silky and integrated side of the spectrum. The finish is a bit abbreviated.
This is a very youthful 25 year old wine. From first our into the decanter this wine expressed energy, and not old tired and musty leftovers. In the glass, very light bricking on the rim. Black cherry, cedar and kirsch. Nice mineral ity on the finish. Nothing says this is going downhill fast. But it certainly seems to be entering prime drinking. Hope there is little bottle variation in my remaining two bottles as this is delicious.
Second Sunday Group: Douro reds (Frank's): The color belies its age. Opens with a strong note of brett, with black currant jam, cherry, sous bois and leather underneath. Medium-bodied with some tannin to shed, and flavors of currants and tobacco with a bretty streak here as well, which is a shame because there's such a nice core of fruit & other complexities underneath. Others fawned over this, but I think the brettanomyces dominates and was not as impressed.
At first, I thought it was just OK. My second glass about 2 hours later, was awesome. Velvet mouthfeel with a bit of chocolate. I wouldn't wait much longer with this one, but let it breathe for a while before you pour it.
Decanted 45 minutes before pouring. Beautiful deep garnet coloration with less brick edging than expected for this age. More deep purple coloration than expected. Somewhat sweet, floral aroma with cedar and cassis notes. Not as prominent or as complex as I expected, but not disappointing. On the palate, instant tobacco and cassis overtones, with cedar undertones while still remaining balanced on the tongue. Fruit was mouth filling but not overpowering. Decent length- 30 seconds + Acidity was perfect- zero hints of flabbiness. Overall, a well balanced wine begging one to take larger sips than decorum demands. I'd love to open a magnum of this wine. To be safe I'll drink my two remaining bottles by 2017- I wouldn't wish to risk any more acidity reduction- it's drinking beautifully right now.
I was psyched to try this and not disappointed. It sounds incredulous to say a wine needs 20yrs plus but many BDX do and this one was great at age 24. Loved the black raspberry / dark cherry flavors and minerality. 24yrs have tamed what was likely a tannic beast early on and yet this still is on the upswing. Very fresh, elegant and intellectual. Thanks R&R!
A Tour Through France Tuesday at Tilia (Tilia, Mpls): Very dark red/purple color, no bricking. PNP with 2 hours of slow-O only. Drank 2 glasses over 2 hours. Wow, this was a pristine bottle that was firing on all cylinders right out of the gate. A fantastic nose, beautifully floral, perfumed, saddle leather, horse barn, dark raspberry, black cherry, cassis. The palate is vibrant, lively ripe fruit that is very fresh, bright red berry, cherry pie, cassis, full bodied, feminine, very elegant, very flavorful, leather, and a long, long finish. The tannins are velvety and enticing. Great wine, perfectly balanced, you'd never believe it was 24 years old. Drinking great and it has a very long future. My and group WOTN.
Bright and quite intense blackcurrant nose. A touch of spice too. Sweet, quite broad entry with ripe blackcurrant fruit. Nicely padded. Cedar and mineral on the classical back end bringing everything in to line nicely. Quite long. ****
Btl decanted 2 hrs, typical St Julien nose of cedar, pencil, tabacco and leather. Ample acidity in mouth yeilding a balance with the fruit, while tannin is resolved, there is a mild lack of concentration. Still a lovely wine, drink up.
Medium red-garnet color. Aromas slow to develop; with two hours, gives medium intensity, slightly green cabernet, of olives, thyme, cherry and cassis, leather. Medium tannin and medium acidity; stiff at age 24. Reserved in the mouth, tight. Finish is the best part, the sensation of the structure really helps the olive-y and leather-y flavors persist. Good match to prime rib sandwich with cheese-potato-herbed croquettes. Bottle #5 of six.
Decanted for Two hours before drinking with roast lamb. Will decant for less an an hour in future! Deep brown some light fadeing at the rim, Powerfull creamy nose sweet black fruits, chocolate, cedar, tabaco. with soft harmonious tannins. All these flavours come through as one in a mature wine. Noticable fading after three/four hours. will reduce the time from decanting to drinking for future bottles.
4th of 6 magnums, perfect fill, 120 mins decant - see July 2013 for detailed note, but still very classy, attractive old style claret and clearly better than a nice, if not quite ready, magnum of 2001 on same night. At least fine plus (18/20).
OJH Party (Racquet Club Chicago): Dark fruit and coffee on the nose. Round, plush and wonderfully balanced in the mouth. I don't know what it is, but I always get this burnt rubber note with LB and this was no exception.
Brooding - dark cedary fruit, classically St Julien; smooth, roasted coffee aromas. Lovely balance, with plenty of ripe blackcurrant fruit to this wine, and showing immense youth - assembled party put this as a 2004/2005. Alas, on the evening, trumped by Chambolle 1er Cru 1999 from de Vogue!
Spectacular wine. Based on other notes, I have to wonder if the storage of this wine somehow impacted the wine's showing at this time. This wine was stored in perfect conditions from release until 10 years ago. Our friends bought the wine and have had the wine in their kitchen at 72 degrees on it's side for 10 years. Due to it's improper storage, I thought the wine would be over the hill and faded. The cork crumbled but was dry. I was quite surprised how good the wine was. Deep dark fruit with smoke, tar, bordeaux earth with a seamless mature profile and a long aftertaste. Absolutely loved this wine.
Just little signs of age, still pretty dark. On the nose smoky, slightly creamy, dark fruit, hints of cocoa, mineral. Great purity of fruit. Round and rather youthful, again lovely fruit character on the palate, complex and intense. Gentle tannins, really well balanced and persistent. Very long. Good future. 94-95+
Soft and supple. This is in a great place and probably can go another ten years - but why wait. A great wine from a great year. Primarily blueberry and raisin with a hint of oil cured Greek olives and the slightest note of smoked beef brisket. Of course there is the gravelly backdrop and long finish.
(Blind) Klar, mørk rød med hint av oransje i kanten. Frisk, tiltalende og floral nese med mørke bær, solbær og blyantspiss. Forførende og nydelig nese. Dyp, saftig, ren og fokusert frukt. Saftig, spiss syre. Milde, finkornede tanniner i utgang. Flott lengde.
Sampled via Coravin, initial nose seemed old, palate mostly tannin and metallic component. Over a couple of hours in glass the metallic note disappeared, and the last swallow (just before I left for dinner with another wine I'd opened and decanted instead) suggested that it might actually be opening up after all.
Opened 2 bots at Jade Palace in Singapore among pleasant company. Oh this is very good indeed. Dark purple, beautiful rich creamy bouquet of cassis, minerals, tar, violets, cedar -- a lot of stuff going on here. Dense and chewy on the palate, brimming with juicy black fruit but very integrated, pure and balanced without a hair out of place. Compared to the clear impression of ripeness one finds in some 1990 wines, this is somewhat more restrained in that respect. The tannins aren't at all harsh but are still quite prominent, which together with the robust fruit gives the impression of a wine ten years younger. What can you say, another beautiful classic textbook lesson in impeccable winemaking
This was remarkably young. After decanting for three hours it was giving almost nothing on the nose other than a bit of green pepper. On the palate it tasted like a wine that was 5-7 years old....not 24! After a bit of time in the glass it began to show deep cassis and currant flavors with a bit of cigar box/cedar -- but still nothing to indicate a quarter century in the bottle (forest floor, leather, tobacco, etc). Those things never came.....but I really liked it regardless. As for this bottle, it was just entering its drinking window and would have gone for a very, very long time. I realize that bottle variation is more prevalent in wines this old.....but I am hoping the rest of my quality BDX from 1990 drinks just like this because, if so, I will be enjoying it for a long time to come!
Tasted through 9 different bottles this year. Pretty sure this wine is still improving, my scores have increased from 90 to 92 mark in the case of the one tried last night. A superb wine, just a little too much pencil shavings for me. Drunk last night alongside the superb '93 L'Apparita (95) which could have helped its case.
Servi en bouteille. Robe tirant vers l'acajou, limpide. Nez intense encore sur les arômes tertiaires, le cigare éteint, la réglisse, le sous-bois. En bouche, c'est tout à fait en place, les tannins sont encore là pour tenir le milieu de bouche et la finale, c'est épicé et le fruit est bien évolué, il peut bien attendre encore mais que c'est intéressant de le goûter aujourd'hui !
While the quality is apparent, despite a 2 hour decant this did not really blossom. Great freshness, balance, powdery tannins, and decent concentration. While enjoyable now, this will really benefit from 5 more years of aging.
Ordered by the glass (tasting pour) at the Wine View Bar at Helsinki airport. The wine was medium brick coloured. It offered a very complex, sweet and savoury nose that kept changing whenever I swirled the wine in the glass, with intense floral notes, dried dark fruit, prune, juniper berry, exotic spices, leather, tobacco and some chocolate. On the palate the wine was medium-bodied, sweet, lush and velvety, with prune, juniper berry, leather, lots of tobacco and a mild spiciness, paired with medium-plus acidity, chewy tannins and very good length of the chewy finish; the aftertaste even re-emerged after some time. To me this 1990 Léoville Barton was somewhat controversial. The nose was absolutely incredible and the wine was as velvety on the palate as you would expect from a well-aged Bordeaux, but then it somehow lacked balance and I would even call it a bit austere with view to its chewy tannin and noticeable acidity. I reserve scoring until I get the chance to try a full bottle.
Dark purple, no signs of aging. Nice nose; carries cedar, forest pine, a bit of stone. Mouth bellyflops, however, with some pruney, immobile flavor, topping off with a tannic bite. Doesn't seem to blow off, so time/decanting is unlikely to help. May be a dud bottle. 87 points.
Esoteric Wine Dinner (Absinthe, Boat Quay): Glowingly delicious. This was one of the two non-esoteric, thus off-theme bottles, but it was so good that no one complained. WOTN for most on the table. It had such a lovely Left-bank Bordeaux nose, strewn with tobacco, dried earth and exotic spice aromas mingling amidst clean cassis scents and some gentle floral accents. Wow. Really appealing. The palate was absolutely wonderful too. Pure cassis notes were cossetted by soft, silky tannins, bright acidity from the attack, giving the wine a lovely sense of definition and balance. It then glided into a slightly chewier mid-palate, where the dark fruit was met with earth, meat, and some minerally undertones, before moving into asavoury ending, where gentle notes of tobacco, spice and earth nestled amongst some plummy notes. Mouthfilling, delicious and wonderfully integrated - this was glowing. On the evidence of this bottle, it is wonderful now and will continue to be at least for the next 5 years and beyond.
From 750ml. Level HF. Served at the St Geran in Mauritius. No decant required. Colour was dark red, faint brown at edge, bright. Nose was dominated by cassis, with some secondary Bordeaux notes including cedar, animal notes, raspberry. A whiff of iodine was an unusual addition. The palate is very fruit driven, again mostly cassis but there is some red fruit, and aged bordeaux sandalwood and leather. There is good of acidity to keep the wine fresh and the tannins are powdery and finely integrated now. The wine is balanced but not exceptionally so and the finish is a good length.
This is a lovely Leoville-Barton, and a good example of the sumptuous 1990 vintage. There is plenty of structure and power, wrapped up in black fruit and some of that hallmark St Julien freshness. This is perfectly ready now and drinking well. I predict this wine will comfortably live for another 10-15 years for sure, but the fruit will recede and would not show this wine at its best in my opinion. This is very different from the more classic 1988 Barton, which is still gently improving. For this reason, enjoy the 1990 now.
Third from 6 magnums, med deep garnet, some lightening on rim, attractive classy nose, black fruit driven though some graphite and cedar, med/full on palate, long, laid back, beautifull fine grained tannins if very slightly dusty, good grip and balance, mature. Fine plus (18/20).
Medium garnet. This is a complicated wine to review. Many thoughts, so am leaving out the usual descriptions. The wine develops with air but needs a lot (!) of air. It is overall a little stiff and unyielding in every way: nose, mouth-feel, flavors, finish, after-taste. But gradually, slowly it does release a very strong, very classic left bank cabernet character, at least in terms of a pre-1990 styling. Be patient with it in every way imaginable: in the cellar, on the table, in your glass. Bottle #4 of six.
First things - the score is for today and will get higher. I can only suggest that comments about tired etc are arising from bottles with less than ideal storage. This one is just a fair bit away from respectable maturity. The tannins still need taming. Lots of berry fruit, mostly black but some rasp too. Lots of woodland notes. Great concentration. Good acidity and long. This wine will still live long and prosper!
Brick reddish brown in color with some age showing near the edges. Nose is extraordinary with lots of dark fruits, black currants, blackberry and plum. Also quite floral, showing violets and roses. As it sat in the classes developed increasingly sweet smells of molasses and stewed fruits. Lather and tobacco. Really special nose. On the palate, rather mellow, with fruit somewhat subdued with age but still ripe. Quite acidity but balanced with soft, smooth and extremely subtle tannins that have fully integrated with the rest of the wine. Fresh Black fruits with crisp and refreshing acidity despite the age. Medium alcohol. Long lingering finish of black berry and cassis. Almost like tasting the end of an early season blackberry off the vine with the lingering acidity and seeds biting your cheeks and tongue. Great wine. Drinking really well right now, but has time before it begins to decline.
This wine was good enough, but did not move me as I hoped it might. I decanted about 1/2 the bottle for 1-2 hours before dinner and then recanted to head for the restaurant. The wine was just a little flat and never really sang. Bad night? Bad bottle hard to say. I've enjoyed prior bottles more, but likely from different provenance. I think this bottle might have been winebid. 5 to go and hopefully they will yield more pleasure
Returning to Wine & View Bar; 1/23/2013-2/1/2013 (Vaanta Airport - Helsinki): Brownish colour still with a dark core, Port Tawny-like Little closed for nose but in a few minutes showed its origins Delicious meaty aromas followed by owed apple and a well integrated wood and smoked complexity without end. Positively what a oldie. Wow! Palate give you a good acidity to run many years yet St. Julien at best in a few drops. Perfect mate for a Parmesan cheese tapa
Color amarronado con un corazón oscuro , muy al estilo de los Tawnnies de Oporto. Un poco cerrado al principio pero en minutos mostró sus orígenes. Deliciosos aromas cárnicos seguidos de manzana al horno y de una buen integrada madera y de una ahumada complejidad sin fin. Favorecedora de una anciana como esta. ¡Tremenda! En boca muestra una buena acidez para continuar todavía durante años. St. Julien en lo mejor en unas pocas gotas. El perfecto acompañante para una tapa de parmesano.
12.5% ABV. Decanted for about an hour. Could probably have used considerably more as it's still coming alive as I write. Garnet with a hair's width of bricking. Lovely but restrained St Julien black fruit and woodland nose. Hints of tea and chocolate. Classical but never boring. Balanced and appealing; real depth of character. Lip smacking acidity. Really, really long and beautiful finish which gets better with every sip.
This one really grows on you. This note started as a 92!
Opened two bottles. Decanted 30 mins before serving. Not disappointed in the slightest. Good balance. Much better than 1990 Gruaud Larose opened the following day which seemed harsh and underdeveloped by comparison.
91 pts isn't "poo-pooing" this wine, obviously! That said, it paled quite a bit for me in comparison with 85 Lynch Bages....
Pouring strategy: borrowed from a few folks below. Stood upright for a couple hours, then opened (fr 750ml) and let stand. Poured an ounce and let relax. Popped back in the fridge for 20 min to resume cellar temperature, then decanted immediately before dinner (and did the same w/the LB, except that was served first with dinner). 30 mins later served from decanter. It was quite good but not excellent to my preferred tastes. Nose is fruity and even a little floral. On the palate, a very round, soft wine - no real sign of any tannins (and again, especially in contrast to 85 LB). All in all, quite good if a bit unremarkable. If I had it to do all over again, I would simply sip for hours from PnP'ing 750s. I don't believe there is an immediate rush to open this....
Disappointing. Rather thin, particularly for a wine from the ripe 1990 vintage. Some cedar and dark fruit, but not a ton, and a little weedy. Still quite tannic and somewhat sour. I don't think this will ever come into balance.
very youthful in appearance, slight bricking on the rim. initially mustiness on the nose blew off. tannins gained intensity with air as the palate tightened up. this isn't giving up much now - let it sleep another 5-10, at least.
Britannia group (Hix Mayfair): Very young colour still depp red with some purple. Lovely nose, very 1990 with fine weave of tannins and depth of fruit. Typical LB structure but wrapped in the fruit. St Julien elegance and persistence. Cracking wine which will improve t for a decade or more.
Moderate depth of color... ruby with hints of bricking at rim that is looking its stated age. Aromatically this wine sings with plenty of fruit (as much red raspberry as black currant for me), plenty of varied and subtle baking spices, a distinctive pencil/cedar aroma, plenty of earthy/tertiary tea like aromas. On the palate the wine feels like a very traditional Bordeaux with high acidity, a firmish midpalate, still noticeable moderately ripe tannins that have quite a bit of grip, low to moderate alcohol. Wine has fantastic balance, length, intensity, and complexity. Has loads of finesse, a fine but classically firm texture, classic expression of place. The wine still has the depth of fruit and unresolved tannins to improve with age and will obviously continue to go strong for a few decades. Stylistically this is much more classic (especially on the palate) and as such I think you will see those who like a more classically textured Bordeaux rate this higher. For me personally, this is an "outstanding" bordering on "extraordinary" wine when one compares it to other "great" vintage Bordeaux, especially when you consider its style.
this is without doubt a fantastic wine with a full intense flavour and some lovely cedary notes. however it has to be said that it has never been quite as good as expected and nowhere near the 82 or the even more impressive 85. quite simply it just does not have those extra layers of complexity that you would like and expect. it is stuck in that no mans land between fruit bomb and complex traditional claret.
Seems younger than both Lynch Bages and Lagrange 1990. More structure but also less open nose. Classic though with all the left bank characteristics, just less so than i.e. Lynch Bages. Medium bodied with good maturity and no overripeness as some 1990. Very balanced with smooth tannins and fairly long finish. Will last for many years!
Awesome wine. Really good. Lovely aromatics. Plenty of structure. Tannins and acids in balance. Lovely cassis, minerality, cedar. WOTN. vs. 1988 Leoville Barton, 1990 Les Forts de Latour and 1990 Pichon Baron.
Despite having been kept in passive conditions since purchase off the shelf in the early 90s, this was showing very well, with ripe blueberry and cassis, some Juicyfruits gum, cedarwood, and a fungal undertone. Not as impressive as a bottle from an LB vertial in 2008, but still a lovely wine.
Beautiful wine, had it several times and always great. Typical Cabernet nose with dark fruits, earth, pencil and mineral notes. Very attractive and powerful on the palate, great elegance and long lingering with new notes evolving. Fruits, minerals, 'cream' and herbs.
Killer Bordeaux Tasting (Kevin's House (Minneapolis)): Showing well but still plenty left in the tank. Firm tannins, gravel, funk, violets and menthol. Medium to long finish and balanced. Wonderful wine and another decade plus of enjoyment on this one. It received 2 hours of decanting prior to consuming.
750, good cork. Mature disc, ruby robe. What an emphatically classical nose - loads of cedar & pencil, svelte red fruits, a touch of tobacco. Simply put, archetypical. The palate is classic Barton, too, in a way that reminds me of the '88. Tannic, good acid, a little lean, similar in quality to the nose but more charcoal here. A milk chocolate finish. This is lovely - a true Englishman's Claret. This was beautiful right out of the gate, but after 45 minutes (closed decanter) this does put on weight. Changes a bit - more sweet tobacco on both the nose and palate. Less austere on the palate (though no Lynch Bages!).
I love this style. I can see why modernists are maybe a little underwhelmed. There is none of the plump, plush 1990 quality here. It's more like an '88, which is fine in my book! Less "1990" than other wines of the vintage, but certainly very Barton in character (during the first hour). At peak now. Maybe another 5 or so years before it starts to (gently) decline? If I were serving this again, I'd decant it about 25-30 minutes and then pour five glasses. Lost a *lot* of character after an hour and a half.
Bought recently from jj buckley, decanted for 2 hrs, drank over 4. A bordeaux lovers delight. Wonderfully balanced black currant fruit, acidity, sweet tannins, and secondaries. Although drinking well, this should survive at least another decade I would think. 12.5% etoh
In a great place right now, with a core of fresh dark fruited and cassis flavours framed by developing cedar, earth, graphite and floral elements. Complex, powerful and nuanced, drinking very well now but the fruit, density and fine grained tannic structure suggests there's plenty of time still ahead.
I decanted this several hours in advance, but it took a good eight to actually open up. The colour is still very dark, with only a trace of brick at the edges. Good nose of lead pencil, blackcurrants and plums, with a little redcurrant as the evening drew on.
The first taste was not good: still massively tannic, quite bitter, like drinking coffee dregs. Then a second wave, much more amenable, a silky, seamless sensation of dusky plums, blackcurrants and black cherries, followed by a finish that alternated between bitterness and an increasing sweetness as the clock turned, with notes of red cherry. Going back to the wine during the evening, we were struck by the purity of the silky middle section, which is of 1st Growth standard and which grew progressively longer and broader, sinking down to the bottom of the palate and giving a wonderful sensation of satisfying power. This is the heart of the wine, which will increasingly spread to the top of the palate as the wine matures further
Léoville-Barton is never a demonstrative wine, there are no artefacts or fireworks, it's a line of Grenadier Guards rather than a squadron of Polish Lancers. For me this is the best L-B ever, streets ahead of the 82, which simply doesn't have the same power.
Dinner at Matt and Francesca’s (Vancouver, BC): Slow-O’d for 5 hours then decanted for sediment and served immediately. Beautiful, complex and classic mid-aged Bordeaux nose with notes of that wonderful Bordeaux funk, plums, black currants, cedar and coffee grinds. As it sat in the glass the nose continued to change and evolve offering other aromas of bell pepper, Cajun spices, graphite and tobacco. In the mouth this was smooth and mellow without being soft with solid acidity and fine, almost chalky, tannins. Finish is fairly long. I really love traditionally styled Bordeaux and this was no exception. This offers tremendous pleasure right now but should continue to age gracefully for at least another decade. Outstanding.
The Long Awaited Wine & Dine (Vancouver, BC): Opened and let breathe for 5 hours, decanted for sediment and served immediately. First impression, fantastic nose that proved difficult to put my glass down. Lead pencil shavings and black currants at the forefront on the nose, followed by soaked coffee grounds, black plums, barnyard funk, fresh mint, and some black pepper spice. A bit of bell pepper and an interesting note of almost Cajun-like spice developed as it sat in the glass, yet it did not detract from the palate whatsoever. Pure silk on the palate, showing more of that graphite-lead pencil, along with black cherries, dark plums, saddle leather, asphalt, and an integrated note of mint. Medium+ acidity, with plenty of dusty tannins still remaining. Medium+ finish, ending with notes of graphite and red cherries. A truly wonderful bottle of Bordeaux that appeared youthful and to be just starting to enter it's drinking window, with a long life ahead. Fantastic.
Hard to believe this is 21 years old. Needed hours to open up, then wow! Full of fresh fruit - cherries. Smooth and balanced all across the palate. The tannins are very much in control. Thought there would be more action on the nose - but on the tongue, this baby dances.
Cork sound, only coloured first quarter. Sediment well settled. Surprisingly dark, core black, edge still red with trace of brick. Initially mute and stark, but opening out after two hours. Classic cedar and tobacco nose, vanilla and fruit on palate. Plenty of body, good for at least another five years. Beautifully structured. Finish is like a vanilla cream with blackcurrant coypus, but superb tobacco leaf aftertaste. Worth the wait. Best decant next time.
Les Deux Bartons (Les Deux Salons): Quite spicy, more opulent and even a touch exotic on the nose. Seems quite evolved. Opens up to quite a madeira cake nose and palate. Heat damaged I think. (**)1/2 on this showing.
TN: A few wines at Paul's baconpalooza (Paul's): This bottle showed poorly. Also served double blind, it was disjointed and a bit harsh with the tannins and acidity seemingly at odds with each other. This wine normally shows a good amount of black fruit, but I found the fruit in short supply here. A little bit of tobacco, but a too strong bitter green note dominated the wine and while I've never noticed any woodiness in this wine previously, this bottle showed a good deal. A C+, but I don't think this is a representative bottle, though it's not corked or cooked.
1990s Bordeaux Retrospect: Alcohol :: 12.5% Opened for 2hrs. Dark ruby core with bright rim. Very fresh and intense, still pretty young compared to the first bottle that display layers of wood, meat, sweet dark fruits with savory scents along with strong note of earth and spices, very complex. More mint and perfume black currant note appeared with time. Very powerful, mouth coating and palate staining intensity yet remained beautifully balance, expansive and fresh. The wine is getting smoother and more polished in the glass. The succulence, lush sweet dark fruits and chewy tannin form the unctuous texture that complex with dark chocolate and coffee note. This fabulous Barton delivered remarkable length and persistent on the sweet, juicy finish, with underlying sense of elegance. This is as delicious as the Las Cases but today, the Las Cas is the winner for the overall completeness. I’m splitting hair here. While this can be drunk now, this need at least another 5-7yrs to hit the full maturity and while it does, this should stand shoulder to shoulder to the Las Cases. Buy - Yes.
Gorgeous wine. Very plummy fruit - merlot to the fore tonight, lovely cedar, fresh fennel, farmyard, and textbook blackcurrants. I would even go so far as to say a hint of lead pencil. A wonderful left bank nose. Certainly mature - but an extremely involving nose. In the mouth, medium body at most with a strong tannic structure. The cabernet drives the flavours .This wine has a great food-friendly proportion about it. This wine has moderate intensity and length. Not a heavenly wine but certainly a brilliant example of a 1990 that is ready now but will hold for another decade, at least. Most enjoyable.
This nights is getting better and better. When I had the '89 of Léoville served blind I had a similar experience as with this 1990. It comes across much more like a Californian Bordeaux blend than an actual Bordeaux. It does have all the elegance that you could wish for, but at the same time it exhibits a concentration and density you would normally associate with a now world wine. Incredible complex - mature, yet youthful. Fabulous wine.
cork came out so easy i was a little nervous at first. But wine looked, smelled, tasted fantastic. still very dark in color, nose came alive after decanting. smooth cherry, cassis, with leather and something, maybe a little chocolate. went great with the onion, sage, sausage and bacon risotto I made.
Nach ca. 6 Stunden Belüftung überwiegend Sekundäraromen mit Zedern, Tabak, Pfeffer und einer salzigen Mineralität, ein wenig reduzierte rote Frucht. Am Gaumen dann eingekochte rote Beeren, Pflaume, mehr Tabak, Leder, Röstaromen und auch hier jede Menge feinste Mineralität, die einen den nahen Atlantik schmecken lässt. Etwas Frucht im Abgang, die dann von der Säure überlagert wird. Ein guter Wein, aber mit 85 Euro (Auktion) zu teuer. Zumindest aus dieser Flasche schon etwas über seinen Zenith, ich sehe aber im Gegensatz zu der Mehrheit hier auch für kühler gelagerte Flaschen keine große Zukunft mehr voraus. Wer noch welche hat, besser jetzt trinken.
Leave it to Dee to bust out some mature Bordeaux that she always says is over the hill, and that she is always so nervous about opening. LOL! You gotta love her, and as always, she was again proved wrong here! Decanted for sediment, showing a gorgeous dark color in the decanter. Gorgeous nose of dark currants, cassis, cherry, tobacco, and spice. There was just a bit of bret on the nose, but this blew off with a few minutes of swirling in the glass. On the palate, this was some great classically aged Bordeaux. I wish I had a cellar full of stuff like this, as it is drinking so well. Very nice, mature palate with a bit of prune, plum, blackberry, and black cherry. Nice lingering finish made this an absolute joy to drink, and this was definitely up there as a wine of the night contender. Very nice after drinking a bunch of new world pinot noir tonight. 93 points! Cheers!
This one was officially called iffy, although it may just have been an excuse to get the rather excellent reserve Pontet Canet 1994 drafted in as well! Certainly not corked and was actualy rather nice, but there was just a tiny hint of something not as it should be. Perhaps a little mustiness lurking up the back somewhere. Odd really, as it's like looking at your perfct partner but today they've got a big spot on their nose! Not enough to drive you away but not quite perfect...
Having said that I enjoyed it, despite the slight wobble
The fill was well into the neck, and the cork was sound; popped and poured, and then evaluated over the next six hours. A much more advanced color than I was expecting, with some amber at the rim. Pretty straight-forward; lacking in terms of complexity, texture and grip. This wine is either going through an awkward stage, or is cracking up and on the downslope.
Great. Deep dark inky color. Decanted for about an hour. Smooth tannins and deep, viscous cherry and berry flavors with earth, tar and cassis. Long finish. Just a terrific mature Bordeaux at its peak with many years ahead of it. No sigh of age. Drank with '89 Beaucastel, and although very different styles, this was my preference. Just a delicious bottle of wine.
Drunk alongside 90 Troplong Mondot and 90 Forts de Latour. Decanted 1hour before serving. Colour was rich red with no hint of brown. Brightest colour of the trio. On the nose, plenty of St Julien freshness, spices and a trace of mint. Taste was complete, rich fruit and still plenty of tannin on the end. Lovely wine but lacking a little complexity and finish because it was not completely evolved. This one is a keeper it will last another 10 years at least. Classic claret with a great future still ahead. My WOTN but nobody else agreed! Perhaps it's because I love LB wines so much.
Bordeaux 1990 - 20 years later (Martins office): Dark color with a browning hue. Sweet cherry, marzipan, tobacco, turpentine and cabbage on the nose. Juicy blackcurrant and red berries on the attack, turning into fruit tobacco and a touch of burned sugar as it fades over the mid palate and finish.
Lots of earth tones on this nose. Tons of dried shrooms,rich leather,tobacco,cigar box,door county cherries,and herbs. Wow-balance and depth. Cherries,tobacco,leather,dark berries,lead,lots of youth yet. Elegant and deep.
Keith's Birthday Dinner (Lula Cafe - Chicago, IL): A serious claret. Compared to the other wines of the night, this had a more distinct roasted mushroom component that I really enjoyed. In addition to the boomers, this had an attractive earthiness that I really enjoyed.
Celebrating my 30th birthday with 1990 Bordeaux (Lula Cafe, Chicago IL): nose: This was lovely and refined, very english in a way with well balanced tones of leather, cassis, bits of barnyard, dark red cherries, cedar, and a good bit of pipe tobacco. Excellent depth and quintessentially bordeaux, this did get a bit lost in the company of everything else and being the last of the reds. A real lovely nose that needs attention
taste: elegant and smooth medium/full feel with good supporting tannins and refined tones of leather, cassis, dark red cherries, cedar, tobacco and bits of spice box. Still seems a slight bit young, but has a real smooth and refined feel to it with excellent balance
overall: This came off as very english. A beautifully refined wine and is what claret is about. Well balanced, this is a classic bordeaux for bordeaux lovers with great depth on both the nose and palate. This is a bottle that would be fun to track all night
The fill was well into the neck, and the cork was pristine; this bottle looked like it had just come off the line! So the expectations were high. A youthful appearance, with no signs of age on the rim. Classic (but restrained) St Julien bouquet, with scents of ripe dark fruits, cedar and earth. Good concentration, with a firm structure and hefty tannins. Not the opulence or velvetyness that I usually associate with the top 1990 Medocs, but I think it will evolve for years to come. At least I hope so, as there is a half case sitting in the cellar!
Vinfolio purchase, held two years. No decant. Mature color; integrated, balanced, long, and beautiful. Medium-full, roasted mushrooms, leather, and tobacco. Elegant texture. Great bottle. 12.5%. Open and enjoy now. And if you can, roast and salt bone marrow and spread on toast to enjoy with this classically aged Bordeaux. Just do it, you'll be happy.
Wine dinner with Chateau Leoville Barton & Langoa Barton during ProWein 2010 (Dusseldorf): A rather fresh bouquet of rhubarb mingling with cherry, cassis and leather. The palate was fine, smooth, with melted tannins, but less energy than that of the 1996 and far less foreboding power than the Leoville 2000 or 2005. The finish was shorter than I would have expected. I recall liking the 1989 much more when tasted back in 2006, but have not tried that vintage since then. For the 1990 in March 2010, a disappointment, given the vintage's reputation.
Opens with a weedy vegetable quality - think stewed asparagus just beginning to rot -- but luckily that blew off. However, lurking underneath was a dominant wet straw/horse blanket tone - brett. There's a bit of red fruit on the palate, but also the horse blanket quality. Flawed.
Bemused by the Caymus SS 2005 we embarked on something a little more classical for round 2 (and yes ok not fair comparing a 2005 with a 1990 so I won't. Well not much). 1 hour decant.
Not showing much age at all tbh - the merest hint of bricking. Beautiful evolved nose and the kicker is the fact that the core acidity so missing in the Caymus is laid bare here. Round, expressive and earthy. Classic aromas of cedar and graphite (actually I'm not sure it is cedar and graphite, but someone coined the phrase for these things and as it's now part of the canon who am I to argue?). Complex, deep, classical and compelling nose.
Attack is drying before a starburst of elegant and refined fruit with a little touch of nutmeg-attacked -by-a-nail-file. Sorry I'm going back to the Caymus SS 2005 again. That's a bouncer outside a trendy club, the L-B is a gentleman assassin. The balance here is impeccable, and it's still flashing that supporting acidity. Layered, complex finish. A beauty. I think wine Spectator heralded the 2003 as "the greates L-B ever". Guess again.
Now and over the next 10-15. Enjoy it, this is special.
The bottle and cork are in perfect shape. The nose is relatively faint but shows some wet earth and black fruit. The palate is softer than I expected. The highlight of the wine, however, is the velvet like mouthfeel. Based on prior experiences with this wine, this bottle is not the best example. The mouthfeel, however, made it enjoyable.
Garnet to dark garnet color in the glass, clear hue throughout. Nose of roses, berries, cherries and a bit of cigar box. Flavors of black berries and black cherries. Medium acidity and tannins, medium to full bodied. Drink or hold.
Dark garnet color in the glass, clear hue throughout. Nose of tobacco, smoke, pencil shavings, a bit of Kirsch, berries and light pepper notes. Later some a note of sandalwood. Solid flavors of black berries, black cherries and plums. Medium acidity, tannins and body. Drink or hold.
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. Delicous, very well balanced, much more forward than the bottle we ha
Notes not taken at time but was part of a meal that included the 1990, 1989 and 1988 Barton. This wine has it all, but is still very much in it's youth. Everything about it is balanced and in harmony and has one hell of a life ahead of it. Twenty years old and barely out of the starting blocks. I last tried this wine 18 months ago and it hasn't budged an inch. If anything it is more restrained. This has an impressively long life ahead of it. Wonderful wine making.
A 2 hour decant for this beauty, and with no apologies the cliches are coming out in abundance. This example is a little bretty but this doesn't detract in the slightest from this extremely classy wine. A real archetype of fine mature claret - delicate but meaty nose with plenty of secondary notes of pencil-lead, earth and cigar box. This wine has balance other wines can only dream of. Sensitive, elegant and lean as a prize fighter this is a great claret by any stretch. Fruit bomb lovers need not apply, but if you want a true glimpse of that elusive beast "terroir" then look no further. Drinking beautifully now. To 2015+?
Dark color with no sign of bricking. Nose of cedar, black currants and asian spices. On palate it has a silky entry with sweet tannins, not fully integrated but not harsh at all, cedar and black fruits. good weight and full bodied with a long finish. 93 pts, W+A suggested that I hold the last bottle for another 5 years.
Lovely bouquet, offering much more fruit than 1985 Mouton tasted the same evening. Full bodied, robust, well balanced. I did notice a hint of mustiness on the palate, and a minimal rough edge, which may resolve with more cellaring, or perhaps simply with longer decanting.
nose if graphite, cedar, pyrazene and such pure dak berry fruit. Palate has gorgeous black currants, cedar, cassis, wet leaf, earth and is so seemless, weightless and elegant. Finish is long and complex....quintessential bordeaux!
Crimson color in the glass. Nose of graphite, forest floor, with some green notes. More graphite and earthy notes on the palate along with some beautiful cherry, cigar box and plum flavors. Medium tannins, silky mouthfeel and long lingering finish. Gorgeous aged bordeaux.
Rainy London BBQ- decanted for 4-5 hours before dinner. dark color still smelling of mostly dark cherries, some earth. lush and round in the mouth, medium weigt wine. very youthful, not really showing its age at all. silky tannins, long finish, it went really well with the thick T-Bones and enjoyed it very much, almost didn't notice the rain
Side by side 1990 Leoville Barton and Cos At 1 hour Barton very closed, darker in color, nice bright fruits and green on the nose Cos more approachable, smoky, but in need of more time At 90 minutes Both ready to approach, 2 hours probably op
Opened two bottles with rack of lamb. Bottles consistent, only slight hints of aging and great example of a mature Bordeaux from a decent vintage, earthy, leathery, tobacco - rewarded patience and opened beautifully over a couple of hours, certainly worth decanting.
this wine caught me completely by surprise - quite an even colour still with only a hint of brown - bouquet of coffee and chocolate and then a lovely subtle wine of sweet berries and fully intergrated tannins - delicious! - I would guess at its best - drink now or in the short term (2 to 3 years)
Poured from a 375ml. Initial nose was musty, dank, unpleasant. This blew off quickly in the glass. First taste right out of the bottle seemed all over the place. Smoothed out after an hour in the decanter and glass when the beautiful blue and dark berry fruits emerged, although not as present as I was expecting. Overall an outstanding, lively, smooth wine - but it took a while. Definitely decant, at least 1-2 hours - you will be rewarded. The acid test for me is by the time the 1/2 bottle was finished, I wanted more ! Very nice, long finish.
Very characteristic of a fine aging Bordeaux. Earthy tobacco and cassis on nose, slow to open up. Lively, even a bit pungent, on the palate. Medium-bodied, forest floor, ripe dark fruit with an edge that was appealing; wonderful persistence through finish. This wine has further development ahead, but was a great pairing with the rib-eye.
Russian dinner. My first taste of 6 bought as futures, and starting to develop into a nice classic Bordeaux. Plenty of structure, dark fruit still needs some coaxing, startng to develop some nice secondary bouquet.
I "discovered" a case of this last year hidden behind other things in the cellar. Made a vow to open one a year from 2008 on. This was the second one and, just like the first, seems to be a beautiful, fully mature, slightly soft, classic bordeaux that would be an education for anyone trying to see how a fine but not overly powerful bordeaux from a very good year can develop. Mostly secondary earth and leather flavors with a slight sharpness to the tannins that lend definition to the wine. A nice match for a less powerful meat dish such as a pork roast but might be overpowered by that sirloin. This is not blockbuster, just delicious.
Refined earth, white pepper, licorice and tobacco on the nose. Beautifully balanced grape flavors on the palate – like perfect grape jam. Elegantly and opulently textured with a precision from start to finish. My WOTN, #6 for the group. Much better than the last bottle I had!
Had for thanksgiving, reviewing late. Really stunning. As I recall, the nose was all Brussels sprouts and broccoli and this huge green pepper, this blast of vegetables mixed with some very nice fruits, and the palate was very thought-provoking and complex. Didn't particularly go well with the turkey only because it was so much more than the meal, which was itself quite lavish. A delight and I'm glad our friend shared with us.
Beautiful bouquet of earthy aromas (forest floor, cedar, leather, dried tobacco). Less thrilling on the palate. Medium-bodied,this wine is losing some of its weight. The mid-palate was elegant and nuanced with dried herbs and still some cassis and tobacco, but all more subtle than other recent bottles. I don't know if this was bottle variance or signalling a rapid entry into another phase of maturity. Ruby color extended to rim. Fine finish, but not extensive.
This bottle was perfect! Great nose of oak and fruit, dark purple with no brown on edges, and the palate was long, really smooth and full of fruit. I think Parker's score of 92 is low. Note this was a half bottle.
Light brownish red color which is surprisingly old consider the vintage. Clean classic nose of mineral, red fruits, tobacco, mints, and herbs. This medium wine has passed it's prime. After 1-2 hours the fruits started to catch up a little but not quite as much as it should. High acidity with fine smooth tannin. Aftertaste stays for quite a while. Drink it nowww
Asian spices, limestone, tobacco, smoky black cherry and blackberry fruit with a pronounced green pepper note. Very elegant on the palate, with smoothly integrated tannins and elegant structure but not a ton of fruit.
The colour is now mahogany with a touch of brown; fully evolved nose and palate, with ripe blackcurrant fruit and a herby element. This has been better and is perhaps just starting to decline, although it will should hold on for a few years yet.
Ruby in color. Medium rim variation. Slow legs. Black currant (cassis), Red Currant. Full bodied. Silky texture. Short finish. A beautiful wine, needed 2 hours of air to come into its own. does not match the 82
Quite enjoyable and drinking very well at this point. Very dark color and the aromas suggested dark fruit, a touch of leather, and a little cedar. The palate was classic and the finish was quite integrated. I really liked the complexity of this wine and how it all meshed together. I may have to hunt for a few more of these.
Drank with CJ and GK at Pinot right after polishing off a bottle of 1970 Bejor. Inital nose of barnyard funk quickly wore off with an hour of decanting. The dark fruits jumped from the glass with strong aromas of milk chocolate and wet earth. On Palate it held pure with dark fruit, milk choc with a exceptionally long finish, over 40 sec, with hints of black pepper. Very nice wine indeed. The main thing lacking was the freshness and vigor of the fruit one would expect from a fine vintage such as the 1990 but still a very fine bottle of claret indeed.
Enjoyed at dinner with friends, from the cellar of gk. Decanted for about an hour before serving. Gorgeous nose full of dark fruits with a strong background of earth and smoke. Wonderful balance on the palate with a nice complexity of flavors, young tannins and a super long finish. The fruit was not thin, but it was lacking a little punch on the palate that would have really put this wine over the top for me. Still has the structure to age gracefully for another 5 to 10 years.
Purple (dark), classic Bordeaux nose but not as expressive as I would have hoped. Saddle leather, dark fruit, some lead, ceder, etc. Very good taste of blackberry, mocha and spice, though fruit not up to the 1994 Quilceda Creek. Probably being a bit harsh on the score, but was expecting more.
Tasted March 12, 2008. Opened and served immediately. Dark garnet color in the glass, clear hue throughout. Nose of dried herbs, wet stones, white pepper and thistle. Flavors of plums, black berries, Bing cherries, black currants and bitters on the finish. Medium to vibrant acidity, firm tannins, full body. Drink now with a decant or continue to hold.
Jeroboam Club: Ch. Leoville Barton Vertical (Averys, Bristol): Deep plum colour, hints of maturity. Sweet cassis on the nose, malty, quite high-toned, lots of red fruits. Full-flavoured in the mouth, round and mouthfilling, red fruits again, with a gorgeous milk-chocolatey mid-palate, and a long elegant finish. A point.
Deep red; glorious nose of tobacco, cedar, spice and blackcurrant. I could have spent all night smelling this. Rich, powerful wine with classic fruit flavours of cherries, blackberries and blackcurrants. Beautifuly balanced and crafted this wine is still very youthful, but just about ready and has a long life ahead of it. A fabulous effort. Estimated maturity 2008-2025+
Decanted this wine for three hours and it needed every second. A lovely nose -the highlight being some wonderfullly sweet tobacco scents. Nice body and texture but still a big bunch of tannins on the finish. This wasn't bothersome to me because the wine is so masculine it works if one anticipates it. If I had a few more bottles, I'd let them rest a while longer. I taste enough fruit here to give the tannins more time to resolve. Significantly better showing than the bottle I had exactly a year ago this month. Would love to revisit but not at current pricing.
Tasting Group Dinner - Bordeaux at Heidi's (Heidi's, Minneapolis): Second time I've tasted this. Seemed a touch closed down compared with the previous bottle. Nicely ripe dark berry fruit, black truffle, coffee, cedar, and lead pencil. Well-balanced with nice supporting minerality, and ripe fine tannins on the finish. Still young.
Wednesdays at Heidi's: Double decanted about two hours before serving. Dark red/black color. The nose is a stern and brooding blend of dark fruit, cedar and mineral. The main thing you notice while tasting is the structure. This is extremly concentrated but compact on the palate. The taste is mainly blue/black fruit with a ton of minerality and some carmel. Great texture, although much rougher than the Cheval Blanc. The finish is tannic, concentrated, and lingering. This is a beautiful wine that needs additional cellar age.
Red ruby colour with brick rim it's very complex on the nose,black mature fruits,cedar,pencil lead,meaty,this a burly wine. It improve in the glass considerably during the tasting.On the entry, silky tannins, full body with a long finish.Awesome 93 points
Primary characteristics of licorice, cigar smoke and an edgy minerality. Shockingly youthful and tight. Medium bodied with the tightness restraining the finish. After a couple of hours it developed a pronounced rose petal note and showed a little sweet currant fruit and leather. Needs another 10 years but will the fruit last?
I splash decanted and poured. At first it was very tight and a touch thin. After about 2 hours of air, it greatly improved. The palate really opened and became silky smooth. The seamlessness and weight of the mouth feel was tremendous.
Lovely polished classical Bordeaux; more developed than the heartier '89; smooth and silky. Smells and tastes like blackberry pie and it's so ripe it seems almost sweet. Soft tannins and ready now. Delicious for sure, but lacks the concentration and length to be rated outstanding.
Dinner with Craig, Chris, and Steve (Chez Moi): Dark red/black color. The nose is a stern and brooding blend of dark fruit, ceder, and an undelineated smoke/tobacco/earth. Primordial, but promising. The main thing you notice while tasting is the structure. This is extremly concentrated but compact on the palate. The taste is mainly blue/black fruit with a ton of minerality. The finish is tannic, concentrated, and lingering. Too bad the 1982 was corked, as it would have been very enlightening to try these side-by-side. I gave this 95 points, but I suspect it has the potential to exceed this given enough time. Buy up.
Steaks a la Manlin w/ The Dalluges and Friends (Dave's House): Single decanted about 3 hours. Classic Left Bank nose of cedar, lead pencil, and tobacco. The palate shows rich, slightly sweet, smoky blackberry fruit, forest floor, and licorice. Excellent length and balance. Probably just at the beginning of its optimal drinking window. Delicious.
Bordeaux on the Hudson (Peter Pratt's Inn): This wine has opened quite a bit in the last few months, but it still a massive wall-of-wine. A reserved nose of currant and tobacco that opened up to some licorice and leather with some violent swirling. The midpalate has firmed up quite a bit and there is some compact spicy fruit and earth that hints at what awaits when this hits its stride. The finish is clipped off by the tannins, but was of a reasonable length. It would be interesting to sit with this a whole night and see the layers of the onion peel away, but that was not going to be at a big tasting. I still have very high hopes for this to be a great wine and glad that I have a couple sleeping soundly.
Nice deep ruby color with slimmest clear rim; nose of tobacco, plums, minerality and hint of smoke; soft texture on entry but some astringency of tannin takes hold with large load of dark fruits weighing heavily throughout. Long, lingering fruit finish. Seeems "only half way there" in development. Quintessential red bordeaux, speaks well of this as best vintage between '82 and 2000.
The poorest so far from the case. Suprising lack of integration of the tannin, lots of tobacco making it more like the 1985 than the other 1990s we've had from this box. Cedar, plenty of red fruit, a little flint, chocolate in the middle. Very good but other bottles have been better.
Wow - was this a pleasant surprise. This blew away the '82 and '85, my favorite vintages of Barton. Incredibly deep, seamless, balanced. This had the great texture and mouthfeel that I find in most top '90s, and a finish that seemed to go on forever. This is already a complex and complete wine, bit it may even have some room for further improvement, and should age beautifully. Perhaps (one can only hope) the '03 will be similar to this in 15 years.
Leoville Barton Vertical; 12/4/2006-12/5/2006 (Spencer's): My wine of the night. Luscious black raspberry, Asian spices (allspice?), and very subtle oak meld into a seamless, solid, and exceptionally well balanced package. Plenty of mid-palate depth and fine yet assertive tannic backbone. A real treat.
Opened and decanted. Fully open by the time I tried it at two hours. Rich ruby-purple with no signs of browning on the edges. Complex berries, cedar and an earthy layer on the nose. No old barnyard. Rich silky smooth taste, with a taste profile predicted by the nose. Rich and well balanced, finishing with just enough soft tannin to give it some grip. We had this with dinner (pork roast) and it paired beautifully. Since the wine was too "strong" for my grown children, I got about half the bottle to myself. I even had about two ounces left for dessert...pumpkin pie. It was a surprising good pairing. I've added a point for the great experience.
Sweet 16 Party for our Bordeaux (Triomphe): A nice wine, but a little angular at this stage. The nose was pretty reserved, albeit not unpleasant, with currant and tobacco notes. There wasn't a tremendous amount of weight to this and it felt a bit thin on the midpalate, although all the elements of a fine wine were there. The prevalent tannins lead me to suspect that this one isn't quite ready to show its stuff. It was not unimpressive, but I think patience will be rewarded with more power and finesse than we saw tonight.
Well done! I don't know if it was the mood I was in or what ,but this Wine roocked.Lot's of fruit great mid pallet and 40sec finish.This Wine is dark in color and brings out lots of intrest to the nose and pallet......
San Francisco Bay Area Leoville Barton Vertical (Moraga): Medium ruby red. Tasted against the 1989, this wine showed a more aggressive, tannic mid-palate and a more subdued nose, both suggesting this wine needs some more time in the bottle. Perhaps most similar in style to the 1982, but lacking just a bit of the sheer power and grip on the mid-palate and finish that that wine shows and showing a little less finesse at this stage.. Could be quite impressive in 5-10 years, but right now showing a little below its perennial competitor, the 1989...
1990 Leoville Barton: This has opened up enough for current enjoyment, but it promises a long life with continued d1990 Leoville Barton - 93+ points, consumed by my wife and I over 2 1/4 hours Color is ruby red, with just the slightest hint of bricking at the edge. The nose is immediately open for business and very complex -- notes of currants, tobacco, saddle leather, and a slight smoky air about it. No veggie notes present in the nose. Nose continues to build during the evening, with consistent aromas. The wine takes about 45 minutes to open up on the palate, with initial notes of smoky currants, berries, and leather leading to slight notes of toffee and licorice later on. Interestingly, the acid profile remains prominent, supplying nice balance to the '90's power, with a 30 second finish. I think the wine still somewhat young, perhaps getting to its peak in another 5 years. That said, it's very nice tonight. A 95 nose and a 92+ palate, and one of the best LB's I've tasted.evelopment. Richer and more structured than the 1989. Also with leather notes that may be evidence of some brett.
A Hot Streak: Dauvissat, Poyferre, Barton, Mortet, Grivot, Clos des Papes; 7/24/2005-8/3/2005: This was from a half bottle and was perfectly mature. Barton is so cool, always makes cracking wine and keeps it real on the price front. I'm not sure if a 750 would be as mature as this is at it apogee. Classic Barton nose of cedarwood, cassis and St Julien dirt. The palate is smooth with just a hint of ripe tannin that has all but smoothed out, rich 1990 blackcurrant fruit that's sunny without being baked. It shows excellent complexity and depth, with some nice earthy notes, hints of bitter choclate, pencil lead and simply packed full of meaty goodness. This is a great half bottle of wine.
Dark garnet in color, this delicious wine offers aromas of cedar, cherries and the slightest bit of funk, just enough to make it interesting and fun. Though tannic, there is plenty of fruit to back it up. Finish is long and while it has the stuffing to go another decade (best guess), this is drinking very well. I did not decant, a la Hudak. What a super wine with some age on it. Thanks again Bruce Maddox!!
Decanted for 5 hours; we drank this with prime dry-aged lobels strip steaks and fries... color was purple with ever so slight bricking on the edge; right out of the bottle and into decanter it almost had a peanut butter like odor but this went away rather quickly. Nose of berry, cherry and smoke; medium bodied with very nice structure but the tannins are resolving nicely adding to some maturity- this is at the beginning of its "ready to drink" stage. classic bordeaux palate with sweet tannins and a beautiful finish with cherry, berries, and cassis; I could've finished the whole bottle by myself! this was a great QPR in 1993 (i think it was like $30/bottle- now over $100 but a good value)
1990 Leoville Barton Yummy and good. Here is a very nice 1990. Good cassis fruit with oak and earth in a typical St Julien profile. nice and tannic in the mouth. Nicely balanced and fun to drink!! This wine would garner more points from me, I suspect, were I to sit with it by itself all night long. BTW- this wine is hardly ready to fall apart but it is at its peak- no need to hold on to it for the sake of just holding on to it. 92+ points
From a half bottle. Decanted for over two hours. Bright garnet with slight fading on the edge. The exotic nose of tobacco, forest floor, leather and a hint of eucalyptus is really captivating. When first opened the tannins really stood out, now they are smooth, sweet and fully integrated. Full bodied with nice structure. Concentrated flavors of dried cherries and minerals on the palate with long smooth finish that lasts for over 40 seconds. This wine is finally entering maturity and is much more approachable than the last time I had it a year and a half ago (also from ½ bottle). This half bottle appears to have entered maturity and should hold for another 5-8 years. I would think that for 750’s you could add another 3-5 years before maturity.
Dinner at Abood's. (Michel's.): This wine has really started to show nicely the past couple of years. While still youthful, it is fully out of its dumb stage. Classy, textbook Bordeaux that shows focused cassis flavors and aromas, with earth and herb notes and tobacco joining the party later in the evening. No hurry to drink it, but I like where it is now. Solid A-.
Linden vertical. Lovely ruby-purple, slightly faded. Intense, ripe blackcurrent and cedar. Delicious, but still quite austere (and greeen?). Piquant acidity and lots of sweet tannin. Opens out with air, but it may still be too young to approach. When are you meant to drink Leoville Barton!
A relatively subdued nose of tobacco and cassis, but growing slightly stronger with time in the glass. In the mouth, a fuller but softer feel than the almost painful Sociando, but lacking somewhat the structure to provide a long finish. Some debate arose at the table as to whether this was a wine that had not fully opened up (i.e., that it would be considerably better in a few years), or whether perhaps it was one that really lacked the stuffing to improve much more than marginally.
Dinner at Lampreia with Amy & Justin. Oh wow, this is gorgeous and just barely approachable. The palate shows dominant notes of lead pencil with tobacco, dark fruit and a beautiful earthiness. OMG, on the palate this shows mountains of sweet, black fruit yet is brooding, tannic, massive and masculine. This is just so deep and powerful and with a few hours this became much more approachable. This has so much time ahead it is scary, but if you don't mind some structure it is awesome right now. Delicious!!!
Setting: Offline Appearance: bright, almost opaque garnet core Nose: sweet oak and vanilla on the nose, with cherry and mineral notes Palate: palate is dry, medium + body and a long finish, this is a chewy, tannic wine with black berries, sour cherry and mineral components
A magnificent wine, with a strong red colour to the rim and a nose packed full with jammy rich black cherry fruit, vanilla and spicy tones. Eventually opened up in the mouth to give a succulent perfectly structured drink. Magnificent, but clearly not yet fully mature.
I am amazed by the vanilla and cassis nose and the sweet ripe plum and cassis liquor palate of this wine. I have never had a less than stellar bottle of Leoville Barton. This wine explodes in the mouth with sweet, long, and ripe fruit, and a very long finish. Good tannin structure, but very balanced and harmonious. I love 1990 Bordeaux. 95+