Red

1990 Château Léoville Barton

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • St. Julien
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Community Tasting Notes 428

  • Ishay Likes this wine: 95 points

    January 16, 2021 - 94.5
    wow

  • cweiss wrote:

    January 2, 2021 - NYE with rack of lamb. A glass had been removed from this bottle by Coravin in 2013! I didn't taste an unviolated bottle alongside, but I can't imagine it would have been much better. Color fine, quite appropriate for a 30 year-old wine, complex nose , and palate of currant, a little tobacco, mineral, with a well-balance acidity. The depth of the palate grew over several hours. Drink or hold.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • Kweiss7 Does not like this wine:

    December 30, 2020 - Past it’s time. Undrinkable

  • CurtaVino Likes this wine: 95 points

    December 27, 2020 - Stood it up about a week ago. Popped the cork and decanted off sediment for around 2 hours. Cork was in perfect shape. Early taste had some funk on the nose and no fruit. An hour later had some cherry/cassis but still the funk. At the two hour mark a switch was flipped. Funk was gone and the nose had an explosion of cocoa, cassis, and tobacco (seemingly out of nowhere). Great balance with the acid, tannins fully relaxed and had a nice long finish that morphed into a very subtle hint of sweetness. Not that I think there was any R.S., it's probably a trick of the mind and tongue that I find in most of the aged Bordeaux that I like.

    Not a life changing wine (but close), but just a solidly well done left bank Bordeaux right in its drinking window.

    3 people found this helpful Comments (1)
  • Anonymous wrote:

    December 25, 2020 - An outstanding bottle. My WOTY by a safe margin. Cedar box nose on decanting. Soft sweet fruit and rich leather on the palate. Tannins are mostly resolved and, to borrow a phrase, suave. I’m not sure what more you’d ask for from a wine. I’m obviously not a professional critic, not an awarder of points as a rule, but for my own personal tastes this is at the peak of wine experiences. There is room for company to be sure. Not sure that, for me at least, there is a higher plateau than this bottle on this night.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
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  • By Jane Anson
    Anson’s pick: Bordeaux 1989 vs 1990 – Left Bank, 10/25/2018 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson
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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

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 000000275057, 3258691171746, 3277034831857, 3660327010419, 3660327010815

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 65 (1%)
  • In Cellars 3,864 (61%)
  • Consumed 2,391 (38%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

Beef Tenderloin, cheese platter, lamb, pork roast, roast vegetables

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99% Like It  111 votes

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