Clarence's Birthday 2015 (Extra Space): Aired in decanter for 30 minutes. Appearance is clear, deep intensity, purple colour. Legs. Nose is clean, medium+ intensity, with aromas of blackcurrant, black plums, earth, tobacco, leather. Developing. On the palate, dry, medium+ acidity, medium alcohol (13%), chewy mouth-coating high tannins, full body. Medium+ flavour intensity, with flavours of blackcurrant, black plums, black cherries, earth, tobacco, leather, and cassis. No greenness here. Long finish. Very good quality. Dense and brooding. This is built for the long haul. Hold for another 8 years at least to get more development out of this.
Color: Opaque bright purple. Aroma: Fresh grape juice, oak and spices. Palate entry: Oaky and gripping tannin. Mid-Palate: Licorice, plum, black cherry, cinnamon and allspice. Finish: Hint of spices, gentle cream, oak, perfume, white pepper. Developing well, nice spices and softening tannin, finish still a bit short.
First of the case opened way too young. It is very un Leoville Barton like. I have a hard time saying it of Leoville Barton, but there is a sense of over extraction here, ripe ripe cassis earthy tones cedar, a fine but firm tannic wall stops enjoyment of this wine. I shall forget fr another 5 to 7 years
Opened from a 375ml and slow oxed for an hour plus. The nose was lovely with cassis, coffee beans, black fruit and some earth. The palate was delicate and smoothe. The wine was quite balanced. The mid palate was a bit dry and acidic. Its not a blockbuster but it is pretty lovely to enjoy now in half bottles. 91+
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(Chateau Léoville-Barton (St Julien)) Creamy, dark, concentrated and slightly sooty black fruits on the nose here, still with a very polished substance too. This quality comes through on the palate but here there is also a strong structural component alongside the textural elements. The fruit has a darker, blacker quality than some other wines but the style is still very fine and polished, the tannins firm but working perfectly with the fruit. A well-honed and very true finish. A classic vin de garde in this vintage which seems to suit the style to a tee. Not the most elegantly polished fruit in the appellation, but still top quality.
(Chateau Léoville-Barton St Julien) A different style to Langoa, with darker fruit, and more extraction I would think. although it maintains a welcome freshness. Textured and dense on the palate, although with some suppleness, but there is also a seam of ripe, well matched tannins. Forceful yet harmonious, with a big rounded finish dominated by tannin. As usual this wine is more backward than many of its peers in this early stage of its life, but the potential and raw substance is all here.
(Château Léoville-Barton (St Julien)) Another wine displaying some appealing fruit character on the nose here, in a defined and confident style. It seems quite tight and closed in on itself right now, nevertheless the fruit character can be perceived. The palate is very fine, fresh, gently polished, most importantly harmonious and composed. There is a very attractive wine here. Impressive harmony. Grippy finish too. Showing very well today.
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