Best Bottle Dinner at Restaurant Riz in Frankfurt. We drank this Château Léoville Barton 2000 alongside a Château Gruaud Larose 2000. This Léoville Barton looked younger than the Gruaud Larose and had the less expressive nose of the two, offering dark fruit, cucumber and coffee. On the palate the Léoville showed dark flowers, black currant, cherry, cucumber, coffee, chocolate and tobacco, with medium to medium-plus acidity, smooth, ripe, medium-plus tannin and very good length. The Léoville needed some time to open-up, but then became smooth and balanced. Compared with the Gruaud Larose 2000, this Léoville Barton seemed younger, fruitier, riper and broader, yet more reserved, and promised better aging potential, whereas the Gruaud Larose was more open and accessible and gave more drinking pleasure at current stage of the wines. A very good St. Julien! Start drinking from 2018. 92+ for now.
See previous notes ...However, THIS is the best showing yet of the Barton goddess. Decanted for three hours. Layers of silky tannins. Blackberry, lily, licorice, granite and black tea. The nose shouts, the palate simply soothes. Exceptional elegance and each phase shows literal glycerin. Burlesque. Drink now -.
Deep purple color. Beautiful fruit and leather on the nose and palate. Wonderfully complex-- opened more in the glass after a four hour decant. Paired superbly with beef tenderloin. This is drinking well now, but is subdued in a minor way that indicates to me that it will become more integrated in the future. This has a long life ahead and I look forward to drink my other bottles over the next ten years.
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(Leoville Barton) The 2000 Leoville Barton was atypically subtle and wound at first. After some serious coaxing, aromas of brick, fireplace, cedar, coffee, cassis and deep roasted nuts all emerged. Its long and robust nose became very classic and full of spine, and it was easily the most concentrated wine so far. ‘Is it Cali?’ Wendy joked, but then she admitted that it only walked the line. The palate was also very concentrated and long, possessing spine and more noticeable alcohol but still tasty. The more wines that I had, the more I thought about 1982. Wendy admired its ‘fantastic length.’ The Barton got sweeter in the glass and definitely had that Napa Valley Grill to it but was still outstanding
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