Red

1985 Château Léoville Barton

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • St. Julien
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Community Tasting Notes 189

  • Occasional_wine_guy Likes this wine: 93 points

    September 23, 2022 - Really deliciously fully resolved tannins, mostly dried dark fruits with herbal smoke elements. Some tea elements. Would have liked this to be a bit more sturdy, as it softened up a bit too fast for my liking. Great elements though. One more bottle to see if we can get a bit more something something but overall classic claret

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  • So_hot_right_now (Insta.) Likes this wine: 92 points

    September 6, 2022 - Light body and slightly thin, but in a good spot with nice fruit, acidity and balance.

  • Jd6725 Likes this wine: 93 points

    August 13, 2022 - Another solid bottle of this, although not as good as my last one. This one came off slightly disjointed but did gain balance with air. Showed it's age a bit more. However it had a little better acidity and structure that made up for the imbalance.

  • jdlee1232 wrote: 90 points

    April 30, 2022 - Still Good energy and grip. Surprisingly youthful

  • Jd6725 Likes this wine: 95 points

    March 15, 2022 - So far this is hitting on every cylinder. Uncorked an hour ago. A bit reticent at first but let the glass sit for 30 min.
    A couple of swirls and some lovely cigar box appeared. Great color on the wine. First sip revealed bright acidity, some red fruit and a bit of graphite. Resolved tannins but still great weight and some structure. Certainly my kind of wine. Although did fall off just a tad over a few hours open. Went down so easily though. I had no problem finishing the bottle which is rare for me. Had figured I would save one glass for the next day. I believe I would have preferred this 5-7 years ago. Final score of 95+pts I think

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
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  • By John Gilman
    Sep/Oct 2014, Issue #53, 1985 Claret The Finest Bordeaux Vintage of the 1980s

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JancisRobinson.com

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

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Winedoctor

  • By Chris Kissack
    September 2002 (link)

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

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    September 2002 (link)

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

Vinous

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    July/August 2002, IWC Issue #103 (link)

    (Chateau Leoville Barton Saint Julien) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    6/28/2002 (link)

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  • By Chris Kissack
    April 2001 (link)

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RJonWine.com

  • By Richard Jennings
    1/10/2014 (link) 93 points

    (Château Léoville Barton) Bricking medium dark red violet color; mature, herbal, tart currant, tar, bay leaf nose; mature, tart red currant, olive, smoky palate; long finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    6/15/2013 (link) 95 points

    (Château Léoville Barton) Very dark red violet color; mature, tobacco, cigar box, tart black currant nose; delicious, tobacco, tart black fruit, cigar box palate with grip; medium-plus finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    12/4/2011 (link) 93 points

    (Château Léoville Barton) Bricking dark red violet color; focused, pencil lead, tart plum, tart currant nose; tasty, maturing, tart currant, tart plum, pencil lead palate; medium-plus finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    4/26/2010 (link) 94 points

    (Château Léoville Barton) Bricking dark red violet color with pale meniscus; lovely, tart plum, cassis, mushroom, pencil lead nose; tasty, maturing, elegant, cassis palate with good acidity and balance; medium-plus finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    12/4/2008 (link) 93 points

    (Château Léoville Barton) Tart black fruit, chocolate and leather nose; yummy, mature, tart plum, mushroom and mineral palate; medium-plus finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    7/25/2008 (link) 95 points

    (Château Léoville Barton) Group's #5 (my #1) – 56 pts; 1, 0, 0, 1 – Bricking dark red violet color; nice herbal nose of basil and chervil with focused beef tartare; lovely, full and deep tart plum palate, young yet, with tangy tart raspberry and good acidity; medium-plus finish

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1985
  • 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

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  • Pending Delivery 24 (1%)
  • In Cellars 1,301 (56%)
  • Consumed 1,012 (43%)

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