Red

1986 Château Léoville Barton

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • St. Julien
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Community Tasting Notes 187

  • chatters wrote:

    December 21, 2020 - Coravin fun - Leoville Barton and new arrivals (My place, Kent Street): From Coravin. Initially smells a little almost oxidised and maderised, caramel, bruised apple, leather, earth, mushrooms, sweet spice, a little fruit tea, slightly dried out plum which takes precedence with time in the glass. medium plus intensity acidity, plentiful grippy, floury textured tannins, a little baked black fruit joins the plum on the palate. Long. Better than last tasting but still a bit hmm for me.

  • liber Likes this wine: 93 points

    August 28, 2020 - 17th of 24, opened an hour, perfect level, cork quarter travelled, now much bottle variation, as Jan bottle but with more fruit, even cassis as well as bramble, silk developing in spite of slightly clunky unresolved tannins though not exactly generous, no rush. F+ (18).

  • dnnk88 Likes this wine: 93 points

    August 3, 2020 - CC Park90 Quote of the Month Celebration!: This is still very lively and vibrant for a 1986 and you can still taste the fruits. Impressive. Open now. 93/94

  • SteelerFan wrote: 95 points

    June 22, 2020 - Terrific bottle. Cork crumbled on opening and Inhad to use a strainer, so I was not optimistic, but the wine was in great condition. Smooth, rich and complex, but plenty of fruit remains. Exactly what you want from aged Bordeaux. For many years I was skeptical of 1986 vintage, but bottles drunk in the last two years have been uniformly great. It just took 30 years of patience. I would be a bit concerned about the cork situation, but the wine has plenty of life remaining.

  • Formerwinemaker Likes this wine: 92 points

    June 19, 2020 - This is a producer of firm wines from a firm vintage. I’m a fan of both producer and vintage, but the combination is a question mark.
    On the first day,this was quite hard, green, and difficult to enjoy. The decant was only an hour, and on this showing I’d take it or leave it. I would have rated it 88-89 points.
    The second half of the bottle, the next evening, was much more enjoyable, carrying its age well, a more mature Bordeaux, much more refined. The green streak was still there but very much in the background, and part of the whole. This looked much more like another bottle I’d had a few months ago. 92 points on the Day 2 showing. Wont get better from here but no hurry to drink this. But give it 6-8 hours in a decanter if you want to see its best

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  • By Jane Anson
    1986 & 1988 St-Julien, 5/1/2019 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
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    (Ch Léoville Barton St-Julien Red) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Chris Kissack
    April 2001 (link)

    (Chateau Léoville-Barton St Julien) Subscribe to see review text.

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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

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 29 (1%)
  • In Cellars 1,456 (66%)
  • Consumed 731 (33%)

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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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