Red

2003 Château Léoville Barton

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • St. Julien
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Community Tasting Notes 446

  • jonboy74 Likes this wine: 93 points

    September 8, 2019 - Tasting immediately after opening had me very nervous. Big tannin, no flavor, odd smell. After 2 hrs in the decanter it opened but just a bit. Still not what i had hoped for. After a spicy dinner, and 2 more hours in the decanter, it finally hit its stride. Tannins softened a bit and I am getting the tasting notes everyone else mentions below. Cork was in excellent shape (a wee bit of mold on the top of the cork). Paid $125 at auction. I probably expected a little more in terms of QPR but this is a good wine once it opens up.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • Btcj1955 wrote:

    September 2, 2019 - Patty loves this wine

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • MM29 Likes this wine: 95 points

    September 1, 2019 - 1 Stunde dekantiert...Hammer...da passt alles für mich, fein, mit richtig viel Rückgrat, keine schlechten Anzeichen des Hitzejahres, schöne Länge...leider nur noch eine Flasche, die dieses Niveau sicher noch 5 Jahre halten kann

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • vfccpa123 Likes this wine: 92 points

    August 25, 2019 - Nice deep color,garnet/purple. Great aroma with nice fruits and lovely forest/woodsy tones as well. I liked the mouthfeel with it's nice tannic structure well balanced against some good berry flavors and I picked some cherry as well. Dry finish that had a nice lingering quality to it. Enjoyed this bottle immensely.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • empire80 Likes this wine: 94 points

    August 17, 2019 - Beautiful nose of black and red fruits with classic cedar and pencil notes. Wonderful mouth filling flavours, right at its peak but absolutely no hurry.

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

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
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  • 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 Think the Le Prisonnier is interesting? Try this... 2006 Anselmet "Tourette" STRICT LIMIT 3/person (this is usually $20-30 more than the Petit Rouge) Think the Petit Rouge is interesting? Try this... 2004 Anselmet "Henri" STRICT LIMIT 3/person (this is usually $30-50 more than the Petit Rouge) 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, Jon Rimmerman Garagiste Seattle, WA Italy7501 Italy7502 Italy7503 Italy7504 Italy7505 Aus8099 Aus8098 Bord5720 Bord5730 Austr1700

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 502 (2%)
  • In Cellars 17,082 (73%)
  • Consumed 5,767 (25%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

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

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