Red

2003 Château Léoville Barton

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • St. Julien
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Community Tasting Notes 426

  • djhammond Likes this wine: 97 points

    May 19, 2019 - Last tasted 6 months ago, this is entering its prime drinking window, and is displaying secondary and tertiary notes. I would hope that the tannin will continue to soften, particularly towards the end of the wine, but apart from this it is in an absolutely sweet spot. The nose is deep with blackcurrant, cherry and plum with hints of vanilla in the background, but it has a old leather mustiness of a wine two decades older, and is almost Pomerol in its profile. However, on the palate its left bank heritage asserts itself, with robust tannin which is perfectly balanced, and an exceptional depth with multi level layers of complexity. The finish is 60 seconds plus and totally harmonious. However, I do think that the finish is perhaps one aspect that could improve as the tannin can intrude on the final stages of the wine. With the 2000 not yet ready, this is by a long margin the best Leoville Barton drinking, easily outperforming the 1982 and 1990, and also one of the top wines from 2003. As mentioned previously a long aeration is recommended and also to allow time in the glass. In terms of its lifespan, at this stage I could not make a judgement, but my instinct is that this probably needs to be drunk over the next decade to enjoy it at its best.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • MBannon Likes this wine: 93 points

    May 11, 2019 - About as 'new world' as an 'old world' wine can be without losing itself, and if you're okay with that it's delicious. Also, if this makes no sense blame the wine, because it was delicious. Did I already say that?

    Drinking well now after a couple hours in the decanter, will probably hold up fine for several more years at least. Not the bottle in my decanter, though, because I drank that. It was...how shall I say...delicious.

    4 people found this helpful Comment
  • rjpbath Does not like this wine: 85 points

    April 29, 2019 - I am sorry to say that I totally disagree with those who find this a good wine: it has all the faults of 2003, and few virtues. It smelt and tasted of cooked fruit and was frankly rather medicinal. Behind that there was precious little. It may be a problem with bottle variation - except that I opened two bottles, and they were both identical. I will be interested to see if a third bottle is different.....

    4 people found this helpful Comment
  • Southfield59 Likes this wine: 95 points

    April 27, 2019 - 2 hour decant before dinner with leg of lamb. This bottle approached "wow". Just a gorgeous wine.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • ptwu wrote: 92 points

    April 24, 2019 - Drinking beautifully. has many more years of life. very good fruit. long finish. needs an hour to open up.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
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  • By Jeb Dunnuck
    Up From the Cellar and Misc. New Releases, 12/12/2017 (link)

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Decanter

  • By Jane Anson
    The three Léovilles: Jane Anson’s pick of the vintages, 9/30/2017 (link)

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  • By Julia Harding, MW
    3/21/2013 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
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  • By Julia Harding, MW
    1/23/2008 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    1/23/2008 (link)

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The World of Fine Wine

  • December 2007, Issue #18 (link)

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Vinous

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2006, IWC Issue #126 (link)

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JancisRobinson.com

  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    11/3/2005 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    4/7/2005 (link)

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Vinous

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2004, IWC Issue #114 (link)

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Winedoctor

  • By Chris Kissack
    June 2011 (link) 17.5 points

    (Chateau Léoville-Barton (St Julien)) A very dark and almost opaque hue when decanted, and this is true in the glass too, with a dark cherry character. A fine nose, quite expressive, with a chalky perfume to the fruits which have a broad, black style. What is more enticing is the lifted, defined, soft-stone purity it also displays; it seems here the vintage manifests not through roasted exuberance, but in ripe yet still well-framed fruit. There is a little dark sweetness to it though. As expected the texture on the palate is rather fleshy, although it certainly isn't fat or blowsy, the initial weight at the very front of the wine lifting a little through the midpalate to reveal a more stony edge with a well-buried seam of spicy tannins as well. And the acidity has a soft but appropriate, balanced texture which sits well with the rather dry (not sweet or pillowy-soft as the vintage might suggest) substance. Towards the end it shows a more awkward, youthful character, as the structure starts to dominate a little, and the finish is also spiky and tannic (but in a good way). Certainly fine potential here. And definitely no rush to drink here.

RJonWine.com

  • By Richard Jennings
    12/7/2008 (link) 94 points

    (Château Léoville Barton) Dark red violet color; lovely ripe cassis and plum nose; ripe, plush, cassis and plum palate; medium-plus finish

Garagiste

  • By Jon Rimmerman
    5/30/2008 (link)

    (LEOVILLE BARTON) Grab Bag

    Dear Friends,

    I suppose this could have been a second Friday Special (it seems we've had two lately) or a "free for all" special but let's call it a grab bag of interesting wine, most at prices that are eye-opening indeed.

    All are directly from the source with perfect provenance.

    Have a good weekend everyone - new TN's out next week and an update on the website chat room (we're getting close).

    - Jon Rimmerman

    2006 Anselmet "Muller Thurgau" (bianco)
    This is an insane price - usually line-priced with the Chardonnay.

    2004/2006 Anselmet "Petit Rouge" STRICT LIMIT 3/person
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    2004 Anselmet "Henri" STRICT LIMIT 3/person
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    Le Prisonnier jr .

    2004 Keasler Old-Vine Shiraz 3.0lt
    VERY RARE - not available in the US

    2005 Kaesler Old-Vine Shiraz 3.0lt
    VERY RARE - not available in the US

    2003 Branaire-Ducru (St. Julien) 1.5lt STRICT LIMIT 2 magnums/person

    2003 Leoville Barton (St. Julien) (750ml) STRICT LIMIT 3/person

    2006 FX Pichler Riesling Smaragd (mixed case)/case STRICT LIMIT 1/case person
    2 x Steinertal , 3 x Oberhauser , 3 x Hollerin , 4 x Kellerberg

    Thank you,

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    Garagiste
    Seattle, WA

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Winedoctor

  • By Chris Kissack
    October 2005 (link) 17+ points

    (Chateau Léoville-Barton St Julien) Denser, more showy than the Langoa. Deeper, richer, darker damson fruit. And it's more supple on the palate, with a balanced style, and a ripe, succulent character. It does also show a firmer core of admittedly creamy tannins, however, although there is plenty of sweet, dark black fruits. This has good substance and potential for the cellar.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2003
  • Type Red
  • Producer Château Léoville Barton
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • SubRegion Médoc
  • Appellation St. Julien
  • UPC Codes 031259017266, 071570017446, 087000336919, 2448874002597, 3251092808907, 3258691171746, 3277034831857, 3660327010310, 3660327010419, 3660327010815, 639737585568, 714153178928

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 483 (2%)
  • In Cellars 17,111 (74%)
  • Consumed 5,532 (24%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

cheese platter, filets de palombes, grilled steak, rack of lamb, Rôti de biche

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98% Like It  155 votes

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