Very dark in colour, not showing much discolouration. More evolution on the palate with notes of cedar, tobacco, spices and nice berry fruit. Quite subtle and elegant rather than overly expressive. Good grip on the palate but no drying tannins, there is plenty of fruit and acidity to keep everything in balance. Very classic. The finish is harmonious and long. An excellent bottle. No rush drinking this at all. 2nd for me, 4th for the group. 92-94
Darker than the 85 Palmer that we paired it with. Looks a lot younger. More depth. On the nose, quite "proper"- cassis, cedar and a touch of leather. Still has quite a bit of life in it. Less complex on the nose than the Palmer but more density and grip on the palate. Very good balance and mouth-feel. Good length and flavoursome wine. Exceeded expectations but nothing there to dazzle you- just great, mature 80s Bordeaux (which is not a bad thing!)
From magnum. Bell pepper, light white pepper, old leather, black cherry, dark fruits and dry dark earth on the nose. Smooth and elegant on the palate with red berries emerging with time and cigar box notes. I do not object to the subtle wood notes that others have noted. Drinking well now, I would give this another five years to further develop, at least in the magnum format. 93+
Volle, ausdrucksstarke Nase. Mittler bis voller Körper, runder St. Julien auf sehr hohem Niveau! Super schön gereifter Cabernet mit der typischen, traditionellen Barton Aromatik, langer Abgang. Sehr schöner Wein, wird sich noch einige Jahre halten... Sehr empfehlenswert! 95/100.
Full, expressive nose. Mediator to full-bodied, round St. Julien at a very high level! Super nice mature Cabernet with the typical, traditional Barton aroma, long finish. Very nice wine, will hold a few more years ... Highly recommended! 95/100.
After having enjoyed half a case of this wine (the previous bottle earlier this year) we hit a bottle that was less than great. Although the color was still good, paired with lamb and compared with a '96 Haut Bages Liberal, it was not distinguished: the body was light and it appeared to be drinking past its prime. I decanted the wine gently about two hours before we had it but will open the next bottle much closer to drinking time.
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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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