It is more like a 20 years old rather than 30! Still very deep dark in colour! Only a hint of orange rim! Nose of purely driven by dark Cabernet fruits, graphite, minerals and leather, showing complexity here! Alluring as well! Very rich on the palate not dense but rich! Quite silky, still a touch of bitterness perhaps from the skin of the grape? Very refreshing, quite pulpy and quite mineral! Sadly, this is my last bottle! I think it will continue to develop and age very nicely! Now to 2025+
It is a bottle to share with my lovely wife who knew me since the year 1985.
November 2015 - Copenhagen On a 1985 vertical of 16 wines, This was a pleasant surprice, the last time it was dry and not very drinkable, but this excample was plain lovely, quite masculin, St Julien fruit with no sign of age, really ! look like it is 10 years, most like Leoville Las Cases ! Drink 2015-2020
1975 and 1985 Bordeaux (Dan & Mila's place): Double decanted 60 minutes ahead of serving. Medium dark ruby. As is often the case with Barton, reticent at first but opened over time. At its best some 60 minutes after serving. Focused, structured, fresh. Round, somewhat dark fruit but a pretty bouquet of rose and dark cherry & blackberry. Excellent bottle.
Blind tasting group. All were impressed by the classic Bordeaux nose, leather, cedar, tobacco. Distinct, pleasing sweetness and a harmonious sort of tart cherry , which a member corrected to cassis. Long finish. Superb concentration and finesse. Many guessed it as 1982, with Pichon and Leoville Las Cases mentioned. A very fine bottle.
Whereas the Cos d'Estournel was dead, this needed a few minutes in a decanter to open and strut its stuff. I have always loved the '85 LB, and this bottle was another lovely one and example of why. Aromas of dusty red fruit, cigar box, lavender and rose petals. Red fruit and plum on the palate, followed by tobacco and florals, with a long finish. Gorgeous.
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(Château Léoville Barton) Bricking dark red violet color with pale meniscus; lovely, tart plum, cassis, mushroom, pencil lead nose; tasty, maturing, elegant, cassis palate with good acidity and balance; medium-plus finish
(Château Léoville Barton) Group's #5 (my #1) – 56 pts; 1, 0, 0, 1 – Bricking dark red violet color; nice herbal nose of basil and chervil with focused beef tartare; lovely, full and deep tart plum palate, young yet, with tangy tart raspberry and good acidity; medium-plus finish
(Chateau Léoville-Barton St Julien) A deep red hue with a touch of tawny. Absolutely classic on the nose, intense mineral fruit, with some notes of caramel. It still has plenty of fruit, lovely tannins and pepper-like acidity. Elegant, medium bodied, and delicious. Classically styled and structured. A touch more impressive than my last tasting about eighteen months ago.
(Chateau Léoville-Barton St Julien) A similar colour here. Complex, more curranty blackcurrant fruit this time. Again some new oak. Soft but well structured on the palate. Firm but integrating tannins, smoky and curranty fruit. Rich wine, with a spicy, curranty, roasted herb, cigar-smoke finish. Good complexity.
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