Red

1986 Château Léoville Barton

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • St. Julien
Drink between 2002 - 2022 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 207

  • martin_e Likes this wine: 90 points

    September 20, 2022 - The wine is still going strong with no indications of getting old. Beautiful spicy aromas of classic mature Bordeaux, a nice finish… But it’s lacking fully-developed mid-palate, which affects the balance and complexity

  • tomandlu wrote: 94 points

    March 13, 2022 - Decanted roughly 4 hours and consumed over an additional hour. Opaque garnet red in the decant and glass with only some slight wateriness at the meniscus. At first the nose was quite closed but with time in the glass, and plenty of swirling, intense aromas of camphor, iron, clay, red fruit, Asian spices, tar, tobacco, and cedar came out, all in a way that made me want to keep my nose in the glass lest I miss something. On the palate the wine was beautifully balanced and shockingly young-tasting. As other tasters have noted there are still ample tannins and fruit but everything melds so harmoniously that it's clear the years have worked magic. It's firm and graceful, never rustic. The iron-laden finish lasts at least 30 seconds. To my palate there are years (decades, likely) but this, today, was a classic, mature, claret that was an absolute joy to drink.
    Purchased in 1992 and stored in my cellar since.

  • chatters wrote:

    March 8, 2022 - Coravin fun - Leoville Barton; 3/8/2022-3/15/2022 (My place, Kent Street): From Coravin. A little sweet spice, dusty, red and blackcurrant, oxidised notes, caramel, baked brambles, meaty/savoury underpin, leather, slight alcohol prickle, umami. Medium plus intensity acidity, tight drying tannins, the oxidised note is here as well. Alcohol warmth on the finish. Probably need to bite the bullet and drink it

  • nskelsey wrote: 90 points

    February 1, 2022 - I opened this up to celebrate the life of the great Anthony Barton who sadly died a couple of weeks ago. Leoville Barton has always been a classic, 'old school' claret that I've regularly bought for 50 years although along with other Chateaux has begun to change over the last few years in making slightly more approachable wines for drinking at a younger age. 'Old style' consists of tannin, long maturing and notes of tobacco, leather, cedar (pencils) and so on, whereas 'new style is a little bit more fruit driven and ready for consuming earlier. Due to past experience I gave this 8 hours in a decanter, but with hindsight maybe it should have had 8 days. My God the '86 is 'Old School'. I bought this wine when I was 33...and I'm now 68 and the bloody thing still isn't ready; I'm going to be dead soon! Now in its 36th year the first impression is the dry layer of tannin that thickly coats your palate. Fortunately there is still the fruit to give you hope that it can sort itself out, but it is barely in the drinking window. Every 2-3 years I consume a bottle and every 2-3 years it has barely budged. When I'm 71 I'll let you know what the next one is like, but don't hold your breath. So far I am 8 bottles down and still not a lot to show for it. Back in the mists of time Parker said this wine was a monolith that could possibly last 50 years. He was wrong; at this rate it still won't be ready to start drinking until it's at least 50! Mr Barton you are a legend and every time I open up one of your wines I will be celebrating a life well lived in bringing so much pleasure to me. On a bright note the 1990 is drinking very nicely. Happy days!

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  • platpeeps@yahoo.co.uk Likes this wine: 92 points

    January 29, 2022 - The entry is surprisingly fresh and savoury with liquorice and a hint of aniseed. It’s still vibrant and the fearsome tannins that were predominant at the outset, are still present but have now softened significantly. It’s decidedly elegant, beautifully balanced and perfectly formed with a fine length of finish. I still can't comprehend why it stayed so fresh after 35 years! 92pts

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  • By Richard Jennings
    9/9/2012 (link) 92 points

    (Château Léoville Barton) Bricking medium dark red violet color with small sediment particles; mature, tobacco, cigar box nose; tasty, tart currant, tobacco, tart black fruit, charcoal palate; medium-plus finish 92+ points

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1986
  • 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 031259031262, 3277034831857, 3660327010419

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 47 (2%)
  • In Cellars 1,491 (63%)
  • Consumed 843 (35%)

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Community Recommendations

Australian Black Angus entrecote, Cap steak, excellent cheese platter, Mam drink with keravin.., roast lamb

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