Had at Isle of Eriska. Got them to decant for 3 hours. Fantastic complex nose: black fruits, cedar and some floral notes, violets. Medium bodied, still good tannins on the palate suggesting good ageing potential
Une valeur sure en Bordeaux mais ce 2006 semblait un peu fermé. Nez assez discret sur la terre, le chocolat et les fruits rouges. En bouche, belle classe et un boisé qui gagnera a s'intégrer, longueur moyenne...à revoir!
Typical cabernet nose, slightly alcoholic. Mouth: After PuP tannic, quite acid, slightly watery and nothing going on. After 6 hours in the decanter much better, more dark cabernet aromas with fine tannin and balancing acid. After two days in the open bottle and decant for another hour the remaining half bottle, everything quite balanced. Rather cold style, at the moment still to young, will open the next bottle in some years.
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(Chateau Léoville-Barton (St Julien)) Dense and concentrated on the nose, black fruit delivered in a very precise and well defined fashion, with a gritty suggestion of sweetness but nothing suggesting anything overly soft. Very nicely put together on the palate, elegant, fresh, very appealing in its composition. Good firm edges, vigour, fine substance and stoically firm tannins too. It is not at all unassailable though, plenty of flesh, but tightly honed and structured. Very impressive vigour. It needs the cellar (don't they all!) but it has great potential.
(Château Léoville Barton) Opaque dark red violet color; lovely black berry, berry, black fruit poised nose; tasty, soft black fruit and blackberry palate with firm, sweet tannins; medium finish (drinking nicely now, but will clearly be even better in a few years)
(Chateau Léoville-Barton St Julien) A dark layer of cherry fruit here, although presented in a reserved fashion, with a dense macerated richness hidden behind the oak and the aroma of dusty cabinets. Very rounded, supple entry, with lots of austere structure on the midpalate. There is a pile of grip beneath, but it is never truly austere, and it has fresh acidity. Certainly in need of some cellar time.
(Chateau Léoville-Barton St Julien) Attractive, open fruit, strong, appealing, and even a little delicate perfume which is a tad surprising. Nice weight, good texture, rather chalky tannins below which are not wholly covered by the wine. Firm, fresh acidity, it has a lot of structure and borderline sufficient fruit. It has some vivacity. It is for the long haul and is probably good for it, but a note of caution here, this is not a great Léoville-Barton. And will the price be right?
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