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Consistent from bottle (I tasted it three times), this is an outstanding offering, although not quite at the prodigious level of the 2000. Civilized and approachable for a young Leoville-Barton, it exhibits a saturated plum/purple color along with classic Bordelais aromas of damp earth, creme de cassis, smoke, vanillin, and tobacco. Medium to full-bodied and rich, with high but well-integrated tannin, and a long, 40+ second finish, it should turn out to be a brilliant effort, and one of the stars of the Medoc. However, patience is essential. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2020.
Gorgeous aromas of crushed blackberries and flowers. Medium- to full-bodied, with well-knit tannins and a silky, caressing palate. Long. This is a wonderful wine. Lots of finesse.
"One cannot admire enough proprietor Anthony Barton and his classic, potentially long-lived wines that are models of power, elegance, and longevity – in short, these wines symbolize what makes Bordeaux so world-renowned!"
- Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Château Leoville Barton, from the St. Julien appellation, is all about over-delivery. A claret drinkers’ dream come true, they boast value, quality, and consistency. The focus is on the wine drinking not investment. Fair pricing usually does not equate with a second growth status, but they are able to save on overhead by not having their own estate. Stylistically they are earthy, velvety, opulent, and full-bodied with excellent overall balance. Some would even say magical. These wines are the epitome of value. Among the best vintages are 1985, 1989, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011.
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