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2000 Château Léoville Barton

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • St. Julien

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Community Tasting Note

  • bevetroppo Likes this wine: 93 points

    June 21, 2021 - Fragrant and delicious from the pour, which was actually initiated on the new Coravin Pivot, more on that to come. Color is surprisingly dark and it continues in a saturated and opaque deep vein all the way to the rim. There might be a slight brownish cast as the only indicator of age. Nose soars like a hawk with an overwhelming array of getable descriptors befitting classic claret: piercing blackberry, cassis, mint, graphite, tobacco, cedar, or if you prefer, what my daughter said-like smelling an old book, but in a good way. I think she meant musty, but kids, what do they know? If you told me I would have to drink this in a stuffy English club library with the smell of old books all around me, I would sign up in a minute. On the palate the maturity is evident, the fruit yielding quickly to minerally graphite, pepper and savory leather underneath. Medium-bodied (God Bless you 12.5% alcohol), which confers a soft texture on the palate propped up by well-integrated drying tannins that seem perfectly appropriate to the age of the other components.

    So I asked my kids to buy me a Coravin Pivot for Father's Day and they kindly obliged. I had a bad experience with the first model of this thing, which never worked properly, wasted the expensive gas, and could only muster the output of an octogenarian with endstage BPH. According to Alder Yarrow, this latest model had worked all the kinks out so I figured they must have learned something in the intervening 5 plus years. And you know what? I think he's right. I used it last night to pour a small glass and then tried again today. No discernible difference and it couldn't be easier to use, rewarded by a stream that would make the Mannekin Pis proud. If you hate the concept of preserving wine (just drink the freakin' bottle, wimp) don't get it, but if you occasionally can't finish something good and want to keep it around for a while, at $99 this might well be the best ever. However, I reserve final judgment until we see how long the argon cannisters last...

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  • D_RICH commented:

    6/22/21, 9:44 AM - I use vac-u-vin....

  • TomH commented:

    6/22/21, 5:13 PM - Great tasting note, thank you

  • bevetroppo commented:

    6/22/21, 5:25 PM - RichH-if you can afford to drink 2000 Bordeaux in 2021 do yourself a favor and ditch that thing.

    Tom H-thanks, glad you liked the note.

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