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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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