Château Léoville Barton

Saint-Julien Red Bordeaux Blend

9.264 ratings
9.08 pro ratings
St. Julien, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
Red Bordeaux Blend
Chili & Hot Spicy, Potato, White Rice, Mushrooms, Pasta, Pork, Salami & Prosciutto, Pungent Cheese, Lamb, Tomato-Based, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Beef, Hard Cheese, Venison
Top Notes For
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.4

The nose reveals, ripe, brightly floral dark & red fruits. Blackberries, dark cherries, blue fruit heaven, black raspberries, baked strawberries & rhubarb, cherries, prune notes, and dry, slightly burnt cranberries. Mixed berry cola, steeped tea, vanilla, touch of clove, allspice, used leather, limestone minerals, dry stone, whiff of graphite, faint herbaceous notes, dry underbrush, old cedar, tobacco leaf, with withering red & dark withering flowers with violets.

The body is medium to full. The tannins round, nicely softened but still a little tarry. The structure, tension, length and balance are are harmonious and starting its climb to their peak. The mouthfeel is gorgeous and sexy. Brilliantly, bright, laced; blackberries, dark cherries, blue fruit heaven, black raspberries, raspberries, baked strawberries & rhubarb, cherries, and dry, slightly burnt cranberries. Mixed berry cola, steeped tea, vanilla, touch of clove, dark medium spice with heat, allspice, used leather, some sweet tarriness, limestone minerals, rich dark soil, dry stone, whiff of graphite, faint herbaceous notes, dry underbrush, old cedar, tobacco leaf, with withering red & dark withering flowers with violets. The acidity was very good and the finish showed it’s Saint Julien elegance. It’s a beautiful wine now and over the next 15-20 years.

Photos of, Chateau Leoville Barton, the “Gentleman of Medoc”, Anthony Barton, harvest work of their Merlot and their barrel cellar.

An hour and a half in decanter.

The nose reveals, ripe, brightly floral dark & red fruits. Blackberries, dark cherries, blue fruit heaven, black raspberries, baked strawberries & rhubarb, cherries, prune notes, and dry, slightly burnt cranberries. Mixed berry cola, steeped tea, vanilla, touch of clove, allspice, used leather, limestone minerals, dry stone, whiff of graphite, faint herbaceous notes, dry underbrush, old cedar, tobacco leaf, with withering red & dark withering flowers with violets.

The body is medium to full. The tannins round, nicely softened but still a little tarry. The structure, tension, length and balance are are harmonious and starting its climb to their peak. The mouthfeel is gorgeous and sexy. Brilliantly, bright, laced; blackberries, dark cherries, blue fruit heaven, black raspberries, raspberries, baked strawberries & rhubarb, cherries, and dry, slightly burnt cranberries. Mixed berry cola, steeped tea, vanilla, touch of clove, dark medium spice with heat, allspice, used leather, some sweet tarriness, limestone minerals, rich dark soil, dry stone, whiff of graphite, faint herbaceous notes, dry underbrush, old cedar, tobacco leaf, with withering red & dark withering flowers with violets. The acidity was very good and the finish showed it’s Saint Julien elegance. It’s a beautiful wine now and over the next 15-20 years.

Photos of, Chateau Leoville Barton, the “Gentleman of Medoc”, Anthony Barton, harvest work of their Merlot and their barrel cellar.

An hour and a half in decanter.

Jan 20th, 2019
Patrick Derdeyn

We threw this in as a ringer in a tasting of older CA bdx blends and ring it did! Blind i thought this was old monte bello, glad i wasnt ridiculously off base.

We threw this in as a ringer in a tasting of older CA bdx blends and ring it did! Blind i thought this was old monte bello, glad i wasnt ridiculously off base.

Nov 4th, 2017
William Meznarich

Texas distributor

9.7

Stunning!

Stunning!

1 person found it helpfulSep 13th, 2014
Shay A
9.0

Hello old cowboy leather. This screamed old world left bank from the get go, both nose and tongue. Got some old plum and cigar box as well.

Hello old cowboy leather. This screamed old world left bank from the get go, both nose and tongue. Got some old plum and cigar box as well.

Nov 2nd, 2016
Jeff Gaffner

Winemaker Saxon Brown, Black Kite, Xtant, Stephanie, Etré, Ram's Gate.

8.1

Thin, short, to much Brett.

Thin, short, to much Brett.

Dec 5th, 2015
Chris MacLean

Fruitier than I would want from a Bordeaux, but there's also a very compelling and persistent savory contrast. Showing well.

Fruitier than I would want from a Bordeaux, but there's also a very compelling and persistent savory contrast. Showing well.

Sep 7th, 2015
Andre

1/3
Bel équilibre, accompagnait mon veau à la merveille

1/3
Bel équilibre, accompagnait mon veau à la merveille

May 7th, 2022
Ricardo Bohn Goncalves

Adi, Orl, Sol, Jus Out21

Adi, Orl, Sol, Jus Out21

Oct 11th, 2021
Benno

Dark purple with brick to rim. Cigar, pencil lead and a black currant profile. Not the strongest year, but proper and traditional claret owned since release. 12.5%.

Dark purple with brick to rim. Cigar, pencil lead and a black currant profile. Not the strongest year, but proper and traditional claret owned since release. 12.5%.

May 16th, 2021
Diane Kessler

Classic cherry and cigar box. Very satisfying and full bodied for this weak vintage.

Classic cherry and cigar box. Very satisfying and full bodied for this weak vintage.

Oct 13th, 2019