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.
Wine Group New Year's Eve Dinner hosted by Aniko. 5 wines from 1985, thirty years ago. Nose of black cherry fruit, subdued, and earth, more of the same on the palate, tight, touch simple, medium/big body, and medium/long finish. My fifth place wine tonight.
Right out of the bottle had an incredible funk on the nose. After a while it blew off and left a smokey, complex black fruit predominant profile. The palate is classic in that it has black fruits with hints of graphite and cedar. Overall a mature wine that is still showing some fruit, should hold on for a bit more but why wait.
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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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