One of St Juliens most reliable chateaux has produced on of the superstars of thevintage. It is one of the wines of the vintage and a modern day classic
I found this to be one of the more backward wines of the 2000 vintage and gave it a window of maturity of 2015-2040 when I reviewed it in 2003. In my two recent tastings of it, I changed that window to 2018-2050, which probably says more than the following tasting note could say. This is a behemoth – dense, highly extracted, very tannic, broodingly backward, with a dense purple color and very little evolution since it was bottled 8 years ago. Wonderfully sweet cedar and fruitcake notes are intermixed with hints of creme de cassis, licorice, and earthy forest floor. It is full-bodied and tannic, with everything in place, but like so many wines that come from Leoville Barton, it makes a mockery of many modern-day consumers wanting a wine for immediate gratification. Those who bought it should continue to exercise patience and be proud to own a wonderful classic with five decades of longevity ahead of it.
Absolutely spectacular from bottle, but frightfully closed and backward, with massive power and structure, the saturated purple-colored 2000 Leoville Barton is one of the greatest wines ever made at this estate. The wine has smoky, earthy notes intermixed with graphite, camphor, damp earth, jammy cassis, cedar, and a hint of mushroom. Enormous, even monstrous in the mouth, with tremendous extraction, broodingly backward, dense flavors, and copious tannins, this should prove to be one of the longest-lived wines of the vintage and one of the most compelling Leoville Bartons ever made. However, anyone unable to defer gratification for at least a decade should steer clear of this behemoth. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2040.
Lovely racy, heart-lifting scent. Intriguing topnotes and seductive ripenss within an utterly correct corset of savoury tannins. Very good balance. This is subtle, classic claret that manages to be both definitive and delicate. A great example of a property whose style has very gradually evolved to keep pace with modern tastes within the traditional mould rather than suddenly adopted a new style and strategy. Very dense. Purplish. Very introverted nose. Dry and dense underneath. Very dumb on the nose. Sweet start on the palate, and then very dry wood tannins insist. Very, very Cabernet. Very insistent and dry tannins. Still quite raw. Needs a very long time. Jagged. Rather sudden finish. Definitely brutal and not so well integrated as the Gruaud-Larose. Added creaminess with time in the glass. Later sweet and almost porty. Quite brutal oak. Drink 2012-2030
72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc. 75% in the grand vin. 50 hl/ha. Fine colour. Splendid nose. Subtle and understated. Very, very concentrated. Very, very lovely Cabernet fruit. Distinctive and distinguished. Quite marvellous. Fullish body. Very, very ripe. Excellent grip. This is quite splendid. Very, very long and aristocratic. Very fine plus. From 2010.
Château Léoville Barton
One of the great names in classically styled claret, Léoville Barton has been owned by the same family throughout its entire existence – an unheard of rarity in Bordeaux. Unusual for the Médoc region, there is no château based on the property. As a result, the wines are vinified and aged at neighbouring Langoa Barton, which as its name suggests, is also owned by the Barton family.
St Julien, Red Bordeaux
St Julien is like the middle child of the Médoc – not as assertive as Pauillac or as coquettish as Margaux. It lies firmly between the two more outspoken communes and as a result produces a blend of them both. St Julien’s wines have often been sought out by aficionados for their balance and consistency, particularly in the UK. Yet due to its middle child nature, it can occasionally be overlooked globally and as a result underrated by those markets outside the UK. Despite the fact that it has no first growths, it has several second growths including Léoville Las Cases, Léoville Barton, Léoville Poyferré and Ducru Beaucaillou as well as the celebrated châteaux such as Talbot and Beychevelle.