Red

2002 Château Léoville Barton

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • St. Julien
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Community Tasting Notes 258

  • grossie Likes this wine: 91 points

    March 25, 2020 - Great fruit in here. Finish isn't long or profound but this is a deep rich wine. Good showing from a mediocre vintage.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • Ibetian wrote: 94 points

    March 7, 2020 - Classic, elegant Bordeaux. Surprisingly good fruit for the year. Drinking fine now with pop and pour.

  • MRichman wrote:

    February 18, 2020 - Still a bit young and austere. I feel like this has more to offer a few years down the road. Tight fruit, on the light side. Tobacco, smoky tannins. Just comes off a little flat right now. Good dried herbs. Black olive. Forest floor. I think this needs another 5 years.

  • blanquito wrote:

    February 13, 2020 - Expressive, lovely, utterly classic bouquet of cedar, graphite, charcoal, and purple flowers. Overall, this is cool fruited and extra juicy. Nice mid-palate weight and punch. Tangy and savory finish, still showing some primary char and tar. Fully in the zone structurally and aromatically. With more time, more nuance and an inner sweetness could develop, taking this to another level, but drinking really well as is. A classic. 93-94 pts.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • JimHow Likes this wine: 95 points

    February 12, 2020 - I know Ian had a disappointing experience with this wine recently but the last bottle of my case was uncorked tonight as I sat here preparing for an argument before the Maine Supreme Court tomorrow morning (weather permitting... four inches of snow are projected in Portland, and the sissies will most likely close down the courts.)

    As I was prepping my final argument here this evening -- I do it without notes, anyway -- I sipped on this very, very lovely Leoville Barton. I can certainly see how this wine, like many 2002 Medocs, might get lost in a vertical tasting in Ole London Towne....

    But, fortunately, I have consumed every one of these puppies on their own. And when you don't compare them to 1982, or 1990, or 2000, or 2010, etc., etc., they are stunning on their own... Like MOST 2002 Medocs.

    This wine was just magnificent, sigh, I wish I had about three cases more. Wow. THIS, my friends, is what we call Bordeaux. Classic, classic, cedar St. Julien. Let me check.. Yeah, as I guessed: 12.5% alch. From a place called the Medoc.

    Wow.

    As good as it gets.

    Last bottle of a brilliant case of wine was the best, they got better and better. No need to blanquito it.

    Rating: 95 points.

    6 people found this helpful Comment
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  • By Chris Kissack
    February 2011 (link) 17.5 points

    (Chateau Léoville-Barton (St Julien)) A really dark colour here, and with one of the more youthful tones of all the wines here, a very bright red-black hue, still with a crimson-red edge. And the nose remains vibrantly youthful as well, a melange of smoky black fruits and violets, with just a little suggestion of black tea coming in at the edge. Lovely breadth and flesh on the palate, restrained and in keeping with the vintage, but by no means lean or thin. Substantial, with a reserved character, communicated through a dry tannic structure, but there is enough fruit to match this, and some fresh balancing acidity as well. Sappy, mouth-watering finish, Great evolution here, very early on its path to maturity, approachable although only with caution, there are still a lot of grippy tannins running around the mouth on the finish. A lovely wine with easily 10-15 years of good drinking to give yet, and perhaps much more than that.

  • By Chris Kissack
    December 2012 (link) 17.5 points

    (Château Léoville-Barton (St Julien)) A good, dark ,confident hue in the decanter here. It has a delightfully expressive nose, full of fruit, with a dark, tight, cranberry, and currant character to it. It is smoky, and with a little touch of sweetness and oak at its edge still, although it goes with time in the decanter. A lovely supple and fresh character on the palate, with a great smokiness to it on entry, with the dark and dry, curranty fruit as seen on the nose. There is a slightly bitter dryness to it, with biting acidity and with sappy-edged fruit. It has a very stylish character, with a nicely reserved and restrained poise in keeping with the vintage, but still with enough substance to keep the more casual drinker happy. Still plenty if grip and tannin in the finish though, so this has plenty to give yet.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2002
  • 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 031259012971, 055298007507, 071570016470, 087000335479, 099995005176, 3258690080568, 3258691171746, 3277034831857, 3277034834322, 3660327010815, 400009185089

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 187 (2%)
  • In Cellars 6,540 (71%)
  • Consumed 2,482 (27%)

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Community Recommendations

grilled meat, Pork loin, Roast Lamb and all the trmmings

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