Flickinger Customer Appreciation Tasting (Casino Club - Chicago IL): Tasting, brief note. Very good depth and concentration, but I didn't particularly like the assertive tannins and the corresponding balance. I would imagine this is a Barton that requires significant more cellar time, but there's plenty of upside if greater harmony is the result.
Flickinger Tasting at The Casino (Chicago, IL): Having this right after the St. Pierre really puts into focus how dark and deep this wine is. Lots of dust and sweet black fruit on the palate. The tannins aren't too coarse at this point. An excellent bottle of Bordeaux that is doing just fine right now, though I bet there's room for aging.
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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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