Red

1990 Château Léoville Barton

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • St. Julien
Drink between 2005 - 2022 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 384

  • Song111 Likes this wine: 92 points

    November 13, 2019 - well-kept 375 bottle, cork in great shape

    clear, M garnet
    Clean, M intensity
    cherry, plum, black currant, cassis
    violet, eucalyptus, Liquorice
    Toast, cedar charred wood and Earth

    Dry,
    Fruit has started to fade, but more than balanced by its complexity
    Same as nose but showing stronger earthiness
    Tannin M-,
    Acidity M+
    Body M
    Finish M+

    Ripe fruit with silky tannin, classical proportioned and rustic. The wine is getting fragile, and should be drunk up (375). Better when slightly warmer 20-21C

  • ralph@racohen.com wrote: 95 points

    November 2, 2019 - This was the first bottle i drank of a case I bought through Southwick Court Fine Wines in the UK. This wine was every bit as good as what was promised. it was perfectly balanced and surprisingly complex. Although the wine has years to go, not sure it will climb any further and now is a great time to indulge. it was an amazing showing.

  • Collector1855 wrote: 92 points

    October 29, 2019 - Medium ruby, still dark for the year. A bit tannic for the vintage with a rustic touch. Good, but drink with food.

  • MaxSiegel Likes this wine: 94 points

    October 28, 2019 - Abundant, slightly stewed cassis and dark cherry fruit on the nose, along with tobacco leaf, cedar, and lead pencil. Palate still shows ripe, luscious dark fruit. Very sweet and ripe for Leoville Barton in this warm vintage. Slightly spicy tobacco, along with some graphite. Finish is long and seductive. Very drinkable now but with plenty of life ahead. Still some, but not much, tannin to resolve, and plenty of acidity to keep the wine alive.

  • dream Likes this wine: 95 points

    October 26, 2019 - Superb older Bordeaux nose of grilled nuts and graphite minerals. This is a bottle in great condition and the wine is quite full and intense with rich black fruits and extraordinary graphite flavors. Deep and concentrated with still powerful and smooth tannins. Amazing how long this Château’s wines last and this is every bit as profound as the Las Cases in ‘90. Decanted 2 hours. 95+

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  • By Jane Anson
    Anson’s pick: Bordeaux 1989 vs 1990 – Left Bank, 10/25/2018 (link)

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

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  • By Jancis Robinson
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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    The 1990 Clarets...To Have and To Hold (Nov 1993), 11/1/1993 (link)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    12/2/2012 (link) 92 points

    (Château Léoville Barton) Slightly bricking very dark red violet color; stewed plum, tart black fruit nose; a little stewy, tart currant, tart plum, tobacco palate with good acidity; medium-plus finish 92+ points (possibly a little heat damage on this bottle)

  • By Richard Jennings
    1/17/2010 (link) 94 points

    (Château Léoville Barton) Slightly bricking, very dark red violet color; deep, redolent, tobacco, tart black fruit, baked plum nose with a hint of smoke; tasty, mature, tart plum, berry, prune, tobacco, pencil lead palate; medium-plus finish

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  • By Chris Kissack
    April 2001 (link) 18 points

    (Chateau Léoville-Barton St Julien) One of the paler wines in the flight, but still an appealing purple-garnet colour. Open nose, with dense , blackcurrant cassis fruit. Rounded structure on the palate, but with quite a prominent tannic backbone, so much so that I initially wondered if this was the 1986 (until I got to the 1986, that is). Good acidity with plump raspberry and blackberry fruit. Slightly tarry, sooty finish with all those tannins.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1990
  • 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 3258691171746, 3277034831857, 3660327010419, 3660327010815

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 50 (1%)
  • In Cellars 3,795 (64%)
  • Consumed 2,102 (35%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

Beef Tenderloin, cheese platter, lamb, roast vegetables

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