2009 Château Léoville-Barton, Cru Classé St-Julien

Head and shoulders above its stablemate, Langoa Barton, proprietor Anthony Barton’s 2009 Leoville Barton is another massive, excruciatingly rich, tannic, potentially long-aged wine. Meant for consumers with old fashioned tastes, it boasts a dense opaque purple color as well as a bouquet of licorice, forest floor, unsmoked cigar tobacco and a hint of earth. The wine reveals tremendous denseness and richness, a broad, savory mouthfeel and elevated tannins in the finish. However, there is a sweetness to the tannins and no trace of bitterness and astringency, always a sign of a top vintage as well as fully mature grapes. Still a monolithic baby, this 2009 should be forgotten for at least a decade, and consumed over the next 30-50 years.

(Robert Parker, 93+ points)

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WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Saint-Julien, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
  • Grape
    73% Cabernet Sauvignon
    24% Merlot
    3% Cabernet Franc
  • Maturity
    Ready 2018 - 2032
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • Classification
    Deuxième Cru
2009 Château Léoville-Barton, Cru Classé St-Julien