Drank undecanted and have notes/thoughts that are similar to many of the other recent reviews. I found this to be a touch softer than most Left Bank wines this age with some very pleasant notes of baking spices, light cigar box framing some sweet tannins and nice acidity. Color was, as you'd expect, a medium garnet but despite very little bricking, I think this is a 5yr wine at this point, 10 years tops. Despite the tannins, the fruit structure is just too soft, so I'd enjoy this in fairly short order. A terrific wine for someone who wants to try and older Bordeaux at a reasonable price.
Tasted after the 2000 Grand-Puy-Lacoste, this was also showing really well - a bit more restrained, but still open and expressive. More tannic grip, maybe a little less vibrant, still superbly well balanced. Drink or keep. 91-93
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(Château Léoville Barton) Slightly bricking dark red violet color; camphor, menthol, cassis nose; tart cassis, menthol palate with good acidity; medium-plus finish 93+ pts. (needs 3-5 years; my #3 of the flight, group's #1 of 8 )
(Château Léoville Barton) Group's #2 (my #2) – 13 pts; 1 1st place vote, 3 2nd place votes, 2 thirds, 0 last place votes – Dark garnet red color; lovely ripe cassis and plum nose; youthful palate of ripe plum, berry, cassis with a touch of mint; medium-plus finish
(Leoville Barton) Had this wine the other night. Nothing wrong with it. Good chunky Cabernet fruit, some earthy minerality, slightly soupy and stewed as it warmed up. Pretty balanced. Just an ok wine. Boring. The C-Span of wine. Could be the lameness of 1995 Bordeaux as I have never had one that has done anything for me at all.
(Château Léoville Barton) Medium red violet color; nice, subtle, mushroom and truffle nose; a little tight yet, tart cherry, cassis palate with a coffee note, fairly plush; medium-plus finish (needs another 5-7 years)
(Chateau Léoville-Barton St Julien) A deep, ruby garnet colour. The nose screams young wine - ground coffee, toffee oak and ripe blackcurrant fruit. On the palate some rich fruit with balanced acidity and soft tannins which only really attack on the finish. Delicious, and just about ready for drinking.
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