Brick maroon color. Nose of cassis, black currant, cedar, forest floor, damp earth. Still lively on the tongue with good acidity balancing filed off tannins, and layers of blackberry, currant, sweet grip, and leathery notes to savor. Moderately long finish. Very good.
Drinking very well right now. Bold ruby color. Only needed an hour of air to open up nicely. Lots of black currant, cedar, mushroom, and leather. Very smooth on the palate. Tannins round and integrating well. Prominent acidic backbone. Perhaps one of the most impressive things about this wine is the long, complex finish. No heat at all on the finish. Overall, a beautifully balanced wine that should continue to drink well for several years.
Peaking, great berries and floral notes. Virtually no tannins. Silk smooth. Would scored higher if it had the layers and depth of top bordeauxs, but still really good. Wife loved it. Slightly better second day.
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(Château Léoville Barton) Slightly bricking very dark red violet color; stewed plum, tart black fruit nose; a little stewy, tart currant, tart plum, tobacco palate with good acidity; medium-plus finish 92+ points (possibly a little heat damage on this bottle)
(Château Léoville Barton) Slightly bricking, very dark red violet color; deep, redolent, tobacco, tart black fruit, baked plum nose with a hint of smoke; tasty, mature, tart plum, berry, prune, tobacco, pencil lead palate; medium-plus finish
(Chateau Léoville-Barton St Julien) One of the paler wines in the flight, but still an appealing purple-garnet colour. Open nose, with dense , blackcurrant cassis fruit. Rounded structure on the palate, but with quite a prominent tannic backbone, so much so that I initially wondered if this was the 1986 (until I got to the 1986, that is). Good acidity with plump raspberry and blackberry fruit. Slightly tarry, sooty finish with all those tannins.
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