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Community Tasting Notes (55) Avg Score: 93.7 points

  • The best Bordeaux I've ever tasted aside from Chateau Lafite.

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  • Deep, dark, dense, focused, intense dry, ripe fruit....but not heavy. Great wine. Drank with petite filet. I give the edge to the '05 vintage, it had more complexity. Yes, I wish I could have waited until 2020, but tomorrow may never come. I will drink my 2010 vintage soon.

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  • Klar, dyp mørk rød. Innsmigrende, dyp og lett søtlig nese med røde bær, boysenbær og milde toner av cedertre.
    Klokkeren, slank, elegant og fokusert frukt med flott stofflighet. Forførende frukt. Flott balansert. Innsmigrende fruktsødme. Frisk, spillende syre. Finkornede, fløyelsmyke tanniner med mild tørrhet. Sitter lenge i med aromatisk utgang.

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  • Beautiful Bordeaux full body with some purple color and dark glistening garnet and long tears. Nose of dark red fruits, with espresso, bloody steak, gentle spice box. Palate has flesh espresso roast, loads of dark fruits, pinch overextracted if thats possible in this vintage, with round tannins for the long haul spicy red currants medium finish. It has the chops to become something very exciting. Had this side by side with the 2005 and the latter seemed to have harsher tannins and require a longer time to coalesce. 93-95

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  • This has the designs to be a very special wine, and possibly one of the best values of 2009. On opening, there were dark fruits; however, it was harsh and almost sharp on the palate. I then decanted for 5 hours, and everything changed. The nose evolved into a complex array of dark plum, blackberry, mocha, cinnamon, clove, a hint of green pepper, and wet river stone. The wine didn't disappoint on the palate either, but the nose dominated. Full bodied with grippy, firm tannins. Acid is perfectly balanced. There is absolutely no palatal fatigue when drinking this wine; even while this is highly enjoyable, it is going to be a classic Bordeaux in 20-30 years.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    1/21/2012, (See more on 94 points

    (Château Léoville Barton) Dark ruby color; poised, elegant, cedar, tart currant nose; tasty, elegant, poised, tart currant, cedar palate; needs 5-plus years; long finish (77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22.5% Merlot, .5% Cabernet Franc)


  • By Chris Kissack
    October 2011, (See more on Winedoctor...) 18.5 points

    (Château Léoville-Barton (St Julien)) A very expressive nose here, full of fruit and loaded with spicy elements on the edge, this is aromatically a very convincing wine. It is dark, savoury, and suggestive of a meaty depth. The palate is remarkably refined in view of this , with a very gentle start to it, and then a supple midpalate, revealing little, but showing a harmonious layer of supple fruit, which has a surprisingly fresh, lifted and almost crunchy edge. Alongside there are tannins slowly appearing through the middle, dark and fine-grained, barely perceptible such is their ripeness and the overall harmony of the wine. It is a wine full of grip and structure, but this backbone so very well hidden by the harmonious, polished flesh of the vintage.
  • By Chris Kissack
    March 2010, (See more on Winedoctor...) 18-19+ points

    (Chateau Léoville-Barton St Julien) A very deeply coloured wine again. And another crimson-purple rim. A fantastic nose here, loaded with pure and evocative fruit. Creamed blackcurrant, cassis-level richness, with touches of tar and rose petals. The palate starts off with a creamy style in keeping with the impressions on the nose, the supple and harmonious composition backed up by plenty of rolling, heavy-velvet tannins. Quite a cool, detached. elegant style despite this structure, well balanced with fresh acidity. For me, this wine has the upper hand in this vintage, but I am sure that many will prefer the delicious Poyferré. A classic Léoville-Barton? Probably not. Long-lived and delicious - given time - though? Almost certainly.

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