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Community Tasting Notes (115) Avg Score: 92.0 points

  • Tasted blind, wine #3. Young and fresh bouquet along with cassis, blackberry, vanilla, sweet toasty oak, licorice. Amazingly still primary on the nose.
    Good weighty palate, exhibits rich cassis fruits, subtle tobacco and earth. Expressive and youthful palate with good structure. It has seamless balance and finesse that really impressed. Long persistent finish with sweet licorice aftertaste and fine chewy tannins. Very good and young taste like a 90s with good acidity backbone. My WoTN and it holds better than the 1985 Château Gruaud Larose tasted alongside. Ex-Chateau stock could be the reason as it assures the provenance. Hope my own bottle can be equally good.

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  • 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

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  • 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!)

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  • 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+

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  • 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.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    1/10/2014, (See more on 93 points

    (Château Léoville Barton) Bricking medium dark red violet color; mature, herbal, tart currant, tar, bay leaf nose; mature, tart red currant, olive, smoky palate; long finish
  • By Richard Jennings
    6/15/2013, (See more on 95 points

    (Château Léoville Barton) Very dark red violet color; mature, tobacco, cigar box, tart black currant nose; delicious, tobacco, tart black fruit, cigar box palate with grip; medium-plus finish
  • By Richard Jennings
    12/4/2011, (See more on 93 points

    (Château Léoville Barton) Bricking dark red violet color; focused, pencil lead, tart plum, tart currant nose; tasty, maturing, tart currant, tart plum, pencil lead palate; medium-plus finish
  • By Richard Jennings
    4/26/2010, (See more on 94 points

    (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
  • By Richard Jennings
    12/4/2008, (See more on 93 points

    (Château Léoville Barton) Tart black fruit, chocolate and leather nose; yummy, mature, tart plum, mushroom and mineral palate; medium-plus finish
  • By Richard Jennings
    7/25/2008, (See more on 95 points

    (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


  • By Chris Kissack
    September 2002, (See more on Winedoctor...) 18.5 points

    (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.
  • By Chris Kissack
    April 2001, (See more on Winedoctor...) 17 points

    (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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