Château Léoville Barton

Saint-Julien Red Bordeaux Blend

9.21943 ratings
9.2438 pro ratings
St. Julien, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
Red Bordeaux Blend
Top Notes For
Conrad Green

This is in a great place. Tannins totally resolved, iron and gnarly deep fruit. Fresh, profound and long. Very animal. Lovely.

This is in a great place. Tannins totally resolved, iron and gnarly deep fruit. Fresh, profound and long. Very animal. Lovely.

Jul 5th, 2019
Andrew Steffensmeier

A lot of power, plenty of fruit and acidity for days. This is in a nice spot, but still on the way up. There’s a nice dusty/tar note, fennel, a touch of leather, maybe even a hint of violets. Best with a big rich meal.

A lot of power, plenty of fruit and acidity for days. This is in a nice spot, but still on the way up. There’s a nice dusty/tar note, fennel, a touch of leather, maybe even a hint of violets. Best with a big rich meal.

Jun 20th, 2019
LM Segal

Pure, dark black fruit and compote more suggestive of Napa than Bordeaux. Huge, tannic and powerful. I’d let this rest at least 3-4 more years.

Pure, dark black fruit and compote more suggestive of Napa than Bordeaux. Huge, tannic and powerful. I’d let this rest at least 3-4 more years.

Jun 5th, 2019
Dr. Owen Bargreen

The 1982 Chateau Léoville-Barton red wine is a stunning bottling from this famed vintage in Bordeaux. Generously shared by some friends, and needing very little time in the decanter to evolve, the 1982 Léoville-Barton opens with a captivating nose of sour red cherry, cigar box with shades of white truffle and a striking herbaceousness. There is a wonderful, seamless quality to this wine that evokes a harmonious balance on the mid-palate. A bright saline streak dashes through this incredible wine. Showing a wonderfully soft mouthfeel, the wine slowly unveils layers of sour red fruits, exotic spices, red bell pepper, anise and hints of wild blackberry that all marvelously combine with the toasty oak. While absolutely delightful now, this stunning wine will has more than a decade of life left. Drink 2019-2035- 95

The 1982 Chateau Léoville-Barton red wine is a stunning bottling from this famed vintage in Bordeaux. Generously shared by some friends, and needing very little time in the decanter to evolve, the 1982 Léoville-Barton opens with a captivating nose of sour red cherry, cigar box with shades of white truffle and a striking herbaceousness. There is a wonderful, seamless quality to this wine that evokes a harmonious balance on the mid-palate. A bright saline streak dashes through this incredible wine. Showing a wonderfully soft mouthfeel, the wine slowly unveils layers of sour red fruits, exotic spices, red bell pepper, anise and hints of wild blackberry that all marvelously combine with the toasty oak. While absolutely delightful now, this stunning wine will has more than a decade of life left. Drink 2019-2035- 95

Apr 19th, 2019
Lee Lightfoot

Big doughy rich and not ready yet

Big doughy rich and not ready yet

Mar 23rd, 2019
George Tita

Not known as the greatest of vintages but after 2 hours of air, this is showing nicely. Classic leather earthiness with cassis and red fruit. The finish is building with time.

Not known as the greatest of vintages but after 2 hours of air, this is showing nicely. Classic leather earthiness with cassis and red fruit. The finish is building with time.

Feb 17th, 2019
Henrik Poulsen

Still singing at age 36....

Still singing at age 36....

Jan 27th, 2019
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.5

Classic Leoville Barton. Except it drinks well young. Gorgeous, ruby, rich, lush blue, purple and black fruits. Great acidity, soft earthiness, soft ft florals, all these wines have great acidity, structure and balance. The drinking window on the 16’s will be wide. Buy a bunch.

Classic Leoville Barton. Except it drinks well young. Gorgeous, ruby, rich, lush blue, purple and black fruits. Great acidity, soft earthiness, soft ft florals, all these wines have great acidity, structure and balance. The drinking window on the 16’s will be wide. Buy a bunch.

Jan 26th, 2019
Ken Z
9.5

Drank 1/18/19 at the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux event in Miami.  All wines from the 2016 Vintage.

Tasting pour, no formal notes taken.  Most of these wines are very tight, and will require 5-15 years to really come together.  Many will likely improve a few points with time.

The most closed wine of the night. More red fruit, with frim tannins. This one will likely take several years to unwind, but shows potential. Harder to taste at this stage.

Drank 1/18/19 at the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux event in Miami.  All wines from the 2016 Vintage.

Tasting pour, no formal notes taken.  Most of these wines are very tight, and will require 5-15 years to really come together.  Many will likely improve a few points with time.

The most closed wine of the night. More red fruit, with frim tannins. This one will likely take several years to unwind, but shows potential. Harder to taste at this stage.

Jan 25th, 2019
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