A highly refined and sophisticated Léoville-Barton. Confidently structured and concentrated, with very fine tannins, the typically robust nature of this château is absent. There is a sense of a lightness of touch, which reveals the finer nuances and complexity of this great château and its vineyard. Superb.
A splendid showing, much stronger from bottle than it was from barrel, the Leoville Barton is one of the spectacular wines of the vintage. Inky purple to the rim, its huge tannin gives this wine real potential for 30-50 years of longevity. It is a classic, powerful Bordeaux made with no compromise. A superstar of the vintage, the wine has notes of pen ink and creme de cassis, good acidity, sweet, subtle oak, and massive extraction and concentration. I thought it was one of the most backward wines of the vintage two years ago, and nothing has changed in the ensuing upbringing of the wine in cask except that the wine now seems even richer, denser and fuller than I previously thought. The beautiful purity, symmetry, and huge finish of nearly a minute make this one of the all-time great classics from Leoville Barton.
Mature 2002 - 2020
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Mature 2011 - 2020
Young 2026 - 2049