Red

1997 Château Léoville Barton

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • St. Julien
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Community Tasting Notes 103

  • La Cave d'Argent Likes this wine: 90 points

    April 12, 2019 - Tasted in double-blind fashion from a well-cellared bottle, this deep garnet wine was easily identified as a quality left bank Bordeaux, but revelation of the vintage was quite surprising. Retaining a core of dark plum fruit, it offers accenting aromas and flavors of baking spices, leather, cigar box and chocolate. Medium-bodied, seamlessly alcoholic (12.5%), low-to-medium in acidity and with melted tannins, it is a soft-textured red with good density in the middle and medium length on the back end. Well-cellared bottles such as this should drink nicely over the next 2-3 years, but holding the wine longer will run the risk of the fruit drying out. Drink now-2022.

  • Two Winos Likes this wine: 92 points

    January 26, 2019 - From magnum. Decant was necessary. Great nose. Help up for the 2 to 2 1/2 hour we drank it over. Everything was there in this "off" vintage. I've had several 97s (not 1st growths...but some pretty good stuff) and this one is much better structured with well balanced fruit.

  • Hawk94 wrote: 95 points

    May 2, 2018 - Delicious to drink now. Earthy nose, harmony, smooth and delicious acidity, blue berry and blackberry, cedar box, very refined, lots of going on, long after taste.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • Sandro wrote: 91 points

    June 21, 2017 - Last bottle from a case of 6. I had various ratings between 88-92 but this bottle was very nice to drink. Surprisingly fresh fruit, well balanced, smooth in the palate but still supporting tannin. Would not longer wait to drink remaining bottles but there's no hurry.

  • Jscalia Likes this wine: 92 points

    February 18, 2017 - For a 1997 Bordeaux, this wine drinks magnificently. Still very well structured. Cabernet Sauvignon forward on the palate. Firm tannins. Great fruit.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2000, IWC Issue #90 (link)

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    May/June 1999, IWC Issue #84 (link)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    7/17/2010 (link) 89 points

    (Château Léoville Barton) Bricking medium dark red violet color; herbaceous, olive, green tobacco nose; tart red currant, olive, herbaceous palate; medium-plus finish

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1997
  • 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 031259007861, 3277034831857

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 971 (59%)
  • Consumed 682 (41%)

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