2018 Château Léoville-Barton, Cru Classé St-Julien

Notes of scorched earth and loads of spice, with incredible power balanced with sensuous tannins, and a mineral tang. This is a classic Leoville-Barton: one for the ages.

Critic score
95.25/100
Pricing
Bottle
En primeur
In stock
£78.28
Case, 6 Bottles
En primeur
In stock
£469.68

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Saint-Julien, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
  • Grape
    74% Cabernet Sauvignon
    23% Merlot
    3% Cabernet Franc
  • Maturity
    Young 2027 - 2050
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • Classification
    Deuxième Cru
2018 Château Léoville-Barton, Cru Classé St-Julien

TASTING NOTES

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2018 Léoville Barton simply sings of crushed black cherries, blackcurrant cordial and wild blueberries with touches of violets, dark chocolate, allspice and cardamom with a waft of stewed tea. Full-bodied, rich and decadently fruited in the mouth, the generous fruit has a solid structure of firm, ripe, grainy tannins and oodles of freshness, finishing long and layered.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (April 2019)
(94—96)/100

They are just hitting it out of the park at Léoville Barton at the moment, keeping the relaxed and effortless feel of a great St-Julien but loading up on the complexity and concentration that lies behind it. You don't see all the mechanisms, but you know they are there. This is going to age exceptionally well, but there's a freshness and juiciness to the structure already that suggests it's going to be great fun to drink along the way. It has glass-staining extraction, with plenty of cassis, graphite and liquorice flavours - everything's turned up high. 60% new oak.

Jane Anson, Decanter (April 2019)
(96)/100

This is very structured and powerful with lots of blueberry and blackcurrant character. Full-bodied and muscular with so much intensity and density. Extremely muscular. Yet, it’s agile.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (April 2019)
(95—96)/100

The 2018 Léoville-Barton is fabulous. Graphite, gravel, crème de cassis, mint, violet, spice and exotic spices are some of the many notes that infuse this stunningly beautiful unctuous Saint-Julien. In 2018 Léoville-Barton has an extra dimension of volume and resonance, yet it never loses its super-classic mid-weight structure and regal bearing. The blend is 82% Cabernet Sauvignon and 18% Merlot.

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com (April 2019)
(93—96)/100