Red

1988 Château Léoville Barton

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • St. Julien
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Community Tasting Notes 145

  • Gannet2013 wrote:

    February 22, 2021 - At it's best about an hour into the decant then the fruit faded

  • Justinneal654 Likes this wine: 92 points

    November 7, 2020 - High acidity nose with strawberry and bay leaves.

    Bright wine with too much energy to pair with the ribeye but so nice.

    Touch of red cranberry late. Still some late acidity, I think it will last a while longer.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • Richard Nabavi Likes this wine: 91 points

    August 15, 2020 - Still a good deep colour, but with marked browning at the edges. Very mature nose, a little dusty, but attractive. On the palate it is quite rounded, with some fruit still evident. The tannins are fully resolved, as one would expect. Fairly long aftertaste. Overall, it's holding up quite well, but has probably faded a bit from its peak.

    One of a few bottles I bought shortly after it was first released in bottle. I don't quite know why I kept it this long, but I think I had it mentally classified as a 'wine to keep', which it was, but maybe not this long. I think it would have been better eight or nine years ago.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • wineforth Likes this wine: 94 points

    April 26, 2020 - 88 was a Cinderella vintage unfairly overlooked because it was followed by two highly rated vintages. My last of four bottles in as many years, in excellent condition, still with high fill. Cedar, blackcurrant and leather. Sweet and so smooth on the palate, beautifully balanced and a very long finish. Although clearly on its downhill run its an absolute joy. A wine to savour.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • Brussels 1049 Likes this wine: 92 points

    February 29, 2020 - Similar impressions to those noted in 2017 and more recently by Comte Flaneur.

    The depth of colour, a slightly dull garnet, is amazing for a 30 year old wine. Another bottle a few months ago, although from the same case, was not as good, having a slight touch of funkiness, but at this age, bottle variation is inevitable. This one was superb, classic cigar box on the nose, fruit now beginning to dry out, with savoury notes on the finish.

    It has held up very well indeed, but I see no benefit in keeping.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    6/15/2013 (link) 93 points

    (Château Léoville Barton) Very dark red violet color; appealing, tart currant, tobacco, weedy nose; tasty, tart black currant, violets, tobacco palate with firm, fine tannins; medium-plus finish

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1988
  • 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 Code 031259001524

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 50 (4%)
  • In Cellars 694 (50%)
  • Consumed 636 (46%)

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Community Recommendations

Hasenpfeffer (not a good choice), rare rump steak

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