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Chateau Leoville Barton History, Overview
At one time, Leoville Barton was part of a much larger estate. The vineyards also included what we know of today as Château Leoville Las Cases and Chateau Leoville Poyferre as well! In fact, it was the largest property in St. Julien.
The Barton family, the current owners of the estate trace their Bordeaux roots all the way back to 1722. That was the year that Thomas Barton left Ireland for Bordeaux. Like many successful owners, he started out as a Bordeaux negociant, or wine merchant.
The first foray into ownership for the Barton family was in St. Estephe, with Chateau Le Boscq in 1745. The family continued being active in not only buying Bordeaux chateaux but as successful negociants. The Barton family eventually partnered with another powerful Bordeaux family, the Guestier family.
Together, the two families created an extremely successful negociant company, Barton and Guestier. Founded in 1745, Barton and Guestier are still active in the Bordeaux wine trade today.
The next big purchase for the Barton family clan in the Medoc took place in 1821 when they bought their first Saint Julien estate, Pontet-Langlois. Shortly after the sale, they renamed it, Langoa Barton. Their next acquisition was from vineyard land that was culled from Leoville Las Cases.
After closing the deal, the family, following the custom of the day, renamed the property in their honor Chateau Leoville Barton. Because no cellar or wine-making facilities came with the purchase, they were forced to make the wines at Langoa Barton. In time, this became a tradition.
Unlike most Bordeaux estates, Chateau Leoville Barton has no chateau. The wines are made at their sister property, Chateau Langoa Barton. Here’s a little bit of Bordeaux wine trivia for you, the chateau pictured on the label for Leoville Barton is actually their sister Saint Julien estate, Chateau Langoa Barton.
Leoville Barton is now one of two chateaus from the 1855 Classification of the Medoc that remains in the hands of the same family that owned it at the time it was classified. Chateau Leoville Barton is still the property of the Barton family today.
While the winemaking and marketing for Leoville Barton has always been traditional, during the Art Deco era, the estate redesigned their label to match the times and in my view, created one of the most beautiful labels of the era
Chateau Leoville Barton The Modern Era
Tradition has always remained important at Leoville Barton. When Ronald Barton took over managing the Left Bank estate, he did not believe in any modern winemaking technology. I wonder what he’d think of winemaking in Bordeaux for many estates today?
While the wines of Leoville Barton are in many ways, more traditional than most, they remain popular for that reason, coupled with the estate fair pricing policy that did not become truly expensive until the 2005 vintage.
Following Ronald Barton, Anthony Barton took over the Saint Julien estate in 1983. Within a few years, Anthony Barton renovated the cellars, keeping the large, traditional, oak, wood, fermentation vats. Lilian Barton Sartorius was the next in her family to be completely in charge of the vineyard.
In September 2011, the Barton family purchased an additional Bordeaux estate, Chateau Mauvesin in Moulis. The family changed the name to reflect their new ownership; renaming the estate, Chateau Mauvesin Barton.
Sadly, at the age of 91, Anthony Barton passed away on January 19, 2022. While Liliam Barton Satrorius is still in charge of the estate, her two children, Damien Sartorius and Melaine Sartorius continue becoming more involved with Leoville Barton and will eventually take over managing the property, keeping Chateau Leoville Barton in the family.
Chateau Leoville Barton Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 51 hectare St. Julien vineyard of Leoville Barton is planted to 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, and 3% Cabernet Franc. This varietal blend shows an increase in Merlot plantings from what was planted in the vineyard in previous decades. The amount of Cabernet Franc in the vineyard continues to be reduced.
The terroir is mostly gravel with a subsoil of clay. The vines, which are located on both sides of the D2 road have an average of 30 years of age. However, there are some parcels with much older vines. They have Merlot vines that are close to 60 years of age.
You can basically divide the vineyard into 3 main sections with 2 of those sections placed close to the chateau while the third section is closer to the Gironde river with a clear view of the water. The vineyard of Chateau Leoville Barton is planted to a vine density of 9,000 vines per hectare. Close to 50% of the vineyard is farmed organically.
The style of Chateau Leoville Barton is of course different than what you experience from tasting the wines of their sister estate, Chateau Langoa Barton. A large part of that of course has to do with their vineyards and their location in the Saint Julien appellation.
The vines for Leoville Barton are situated north of Langoa Barton, and just west of the chateau. Those parcels enjoy a warmer terroir with more access to direct sunlight.
It is important to note that Chateau Leoville Barton does not green harvest. Instead, they rely on pruning to reduce yields. Aside from their vineyards, the estate also includes one of the most beautiful, picturesque gardens in the Medoc, located directly behind the chateau.
Chateau Leoville Barton Winemaking
To produce the wine of Leoville Barton, vinification takes place at Chateau Langoa Barton, which is located just across the street from Chateau Leoville Barton. The wines are traditionally made with vinification taking place in large, 200 hectoliter wooden vats. They range in age with the oldest vats dating back to 1963.
For the fermentation process, Leoville Barton now prefers the practice of co-inoculation, which means that the alcoholic and malolactic fermentation take place at the same time.
It is interesting to note that prior to the 2010 vintage, all of the barrels came from just one cooper. Since then, they now use at least four different suppliers. The wine of Chateau Leoville Barton is aged in an average of 50% new, French oak barrels for about 20 months before bottling.
On average, Chateau Leoville Barton releases slightly more than 20,000 cases of Bordeaux wine per year. There is a second wine, La Reserve de Leoville Barton. In 2014, La Reserve de Leoville Barton was bottled with a beautiful, new label, that was modeled after the original, Art Deco-styled label previously used for Leoville Barton.
The best vintages of Leoville Barton are: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2005, 2003, 2000, 1990, 1985 and 1961. Leoville Barton is a wine that ages quite well. I have tasted vintages from the 1950s, which were quite good.
But it has been years since I’ve seen older wines from the estate. With their well-earned reputation for aging, older vintages are definitely worth taking a chance on at auctions, if you can get a sense of the provenance.
Chateau Leoville Barton Character and Style
Leoville Barton is a sturdy, structured Bordeaux wine with tannin that requires time to develop. Traditional, masculine and beefy in style, this property is popular with some collectors because of the reasonable prices the estate charged for their wines. Due to the high tannin levels and style of the wine, the best vintages often require decades of age, before drinking well.
When to Drink Chateau Leoville Barton, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau Leoville Barton is not a wine to drink in its youth. The wine is usually far too tannic, powerful, and backward when it is young. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 3-4 hours, give or take. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.
Chateau Leoville Barton is usually better with at least 15 years of bottle age. Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau Leoville Barton offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 15 and 30 years of age after the vintage.
Serving and Decanting Chateau Leoville Barton with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Leoville Barton is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.
Chateau Leoville Barton is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, and grilled dishes. Chateau Leoville Barton is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta as well as cheese.
Aside from owning Chateau Langoa Barton and Chateau Mauvesin Barton, the family also owns a negociant company, Les Vins Fins Anthony Barton. In addition, they are also one of the founding partners in the Barton and Guestier negociant house that dates its beginnings back to 1725.
Château Léoville Barton Wine Tasting Notes
36 Vintages 551,852 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2020||Château Léoville Barton (St. Julien)|
Inky in color, it takes only one sniff to see how much ripe fruit is packed in here. Blackberry, currants, smoky cherries, tobacco leaf, cedar, flowers and creme de cassis aromas come on strong. The wine is full-bodied, bold, powerful, tannic, balanced and fresh. The palate filling finish is long, energetic, rich and expansive. This is a superb vintage of Leoville Barton that will need at least a decade in the cellar and will age and evolve for another 2-3 decades after that. 95-97 Pts
4,598 Views Tasted May 20, 2021
|2019||Château Léoville Barton (St. Julien)|
Powerful, concentrated, tannic, refined and almost muscular, the wine opens with tobacco leaf, cedar chest, cigar box, lead pencil, herbs and currants in the aromatics. Full-bodied, long and intense, with a black and red currant, spice and leafy, savory finish. This is an age-worthy vintage which is going to demand time in the cellar before it fully begins to soften and offer up all of its layers of nuance and complexities. Drink from 2032-2060. 96 Points
3,595 Views Tasted Mar 29, 2022
Dark, almost inky in color, the showy nose, with its cedar, tobacco, herb, blackberry and black currant perfume grabs your interest. On the palate, the action really kicks in with its rich, full-bodied, tannic, fresh, powerful, yet graceful character. Mouth-filling and long, all those sweet black fruits linger. This is clearly a top vintage for Leoville Barton. 95-97 Pts
12,823 Views Tasted Dec 9, 2020
|2018||Château Léoville Barton (St. Julien)|
With a dark, inky, purple accented hue, the perfume pops with all its ripe, blackberry and currants, accompanied by cigar box, forest floor, herbs, cedar and cigar wrapper notes. Full-bodied, concentrated, powerful, yet refined, the finish is deep, long and intense. Wait at least a decade before pulling a cork. It is going to be difficult to pick the best vintage of Leoville Barton from the 2009, 2010, 2015, 2016 and 2018 but it is going to be fun tasting them together over the next several decades. The wine blends 82% Cabernet Sauvignon and 18%. 97 Points
6,214 Views Tasted Mar 9, 2021
Deep in color, the aromatic quality reminds me of a basket filled with just picked black currants along with cigar wrapper, tobacco, herbs and cedar. Full-bodied, dense, concentrated and long, the wine straddles a wonderful place between firmness, classical austerity, freshness and ripe fruits. You will need to offer this wine over a decade of age before pulling a cork. It is going to be difficult to pick the best vintage of Leoville Barton from the 2009, 2010, 2015, 2016 and 2018 but it is going to be fun tasting them together over the next several decades. Blending 82% Cabernet Sauvignon and 18% Merlot, the wine reached 14.03.% alcohol and is aging in 60% new, French oak barrels. 95-97 Pts
5,251 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2017||Château Léoville Barton (St. Julien)|
Tannic, bright, fresh and crisp, the red berries really pop and sing here. The wine is lively, bright and fresh, with nice concentration and a long, fruit-filled finish. But patience will be a virtue for this classic gem. 94 Points
6,422 Views Tasted May 14, 2020
A striking blood red in color, this wine opens easily with smoldering cedar, tobacco and an unhurried pour of cassis. On the palate, the wine is concentrated, full bodied, fresh and classically styled. Buoyancy, creaminess, smart tannins with a crisp, juicy finish wrap everything up nicely. Blending 93% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Merlot, the wine reached 13.% alcohol and is aging in 60% new, French oak barrels. 94 Points
5,107 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2016||Château Léoville Barton (St. Julien)|
Deep in color the wine offers intensity, vibrancy and length. The wine is all about its big, juicy blast of ripe fruit. It is full-bodied, tannic, joyous and classic. If you can wait about 15 years, this is going to be a knockout! 96 Points
9,194 Views Tasted Sep 21, 2019
The wine is a pure explosion of blackberries, cassis licorice and tobacco. Dark in color, there is intensity, lift and persistence providing you with a juicy, full-bodied, tannic, structured mouthful of sweet black fruit. If you can wait about 15 years, this is going to be a knockout! 96 Points
7,810 Views Tasted Feb 9, 2019
This just keeps getting better as it ages in barrel. Showing more depth and concentration, the wine has a polish to its textures, making an even better treat so you can really get into the sweet, ripe, black and dark red fruits, licorice and cigar wrapper nuances. Powerful, refined and long, 15 years in the cellar will allow the wine to really step into high gear. 96 Points
10,263 Views Tasted May 13, 2018
A nose of blackberry, licorice, earth and smoky tobacco is easy to notice. Darkly colored, Full bodied, rich, fresh, long and sweet, there is a reflection coming off the ample tannins and lift that accentuates the densely textured, fruit-filled finish. This wine leaves a great impression. Produced from blending 86% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Merlot, the wine reached 13% alcohol. The harvest took place September 29 to October 13. 95 Points
7,660 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2015||Château Léoville Barton (St. Julien)|
Another 2015 wine that took a giant leap from its showing in elevage. This is a beauty. Layers of ripe, dark, red fruits, tobacco leaf, spice box and cassis notes. Full bodied, concentrated, elegant and powerful, with a serious depth of flavor, this is one of the great vintages for Leoville Barton. This is going to age quite well. 96 Points
7,760 Views Tasted Mar 12, 2018
A really good vintage here, the wine has a smoky, spiced cassis and tobacco charm and it's not even out of the box, or the bottle yet. Concentrated and long, this will age rather well. 94 Points
7,727 Views Tasted Jul 12, 2017
Deep garnet in color, the first thing you notice about this wine is fresh, dark, red berries, espresso and cherries. The tannins feel creamy and the wine is balanced, finishing with juicy, peppery, fresh, ripe fruits. The fruits linger nicely in the finish. Blending 86% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Merlot, this wine reached 13% alcohol and is aging in 60% new, French oak barrels. 93 - 95 Pts
7,591 Views Tasted Apr 20, 2016
|2014||Château Léoville Barton (St. Julien)|
Closing down at the moment, the wine had concentration, ripe red fruits with sweetness and quite a bit of freshness. Give this at least 7-10 more years and it should soften, gain complexities and flesh out nicely. 93 Points
7,286 Views Tasted Sep 17, 2018
Waves of smoke, tobacco, dark, red fruits, earth and cedar are all over the place. Concentrated, with ripe, fresh, berries, round tannins and a lengthy, fruit filled finish. For a wine that can quite often demand 10-15 or 20 years to come around, this should drink well nicely with just 5-7 years of aging. 93 Points
7,532 Views Tasted Feb 2, 2017
With a sweet, ready note of vanilla and cherry, this wine features spicy, crisp dark red fruits and a fresh, bright, tannic finish. Blending 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.5% alcohol and is aging in 60% new, French oak barrels. 92-94 Pts
8,598 Views Tasted Apr 16, 2015
|2013||Château Léoville Barton (St. Julien)|
Quite nice for the vintage, and it's going to drink well young, which is something you do not often find in Leoville Barton. The wine provides a medium bodied, early drinking, soft textured, cassis and plum character, with hints of cedar, tobacco and earth. A few years in the cellar should be about right. 90 Points
2,211 Views Tasted Feb 9, 2016
Using 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot, the wine reached 13% alcohol and will be aged in 60% new French oak barrels. Licorice, coffee bean, cassis and dark cherry aromas open to a forward, classic style with an easy dark cherry finish. Unlike many vintages of Leoville Barton, this should drink well quite early. 89-92 Pts
3,852 Views Tasted Apr 20, 2014
|2012||Château Léoville Barton (St. Julien)|
Filled with juicy, ripe cassis, cedar wood, tobacco, soft tannins, length and freshness, this is a really nice wine that will improve with age. 92 Points
4,433 Views Tasted Mar 11, 2015
Reticent aromas of oak, forest and cassis opened to a soft, medium/full-bodied wine dominated by fresh black cherries and cassis. Produced from a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, the wine will be aged in 60% new French oak. Tannic, but refined, this will need time to come together. 91-93 Pts
6,566 Views Tasted Apr 23, 2013
|2011||Château Léoville Barton (St. Julien)|
Surprisingly open and approachable, a light touch was just what the doctor ordered during the vinification, which was perfect for the cassis, earth, spice, smoke, espresso and black cherry filled wine. For Leoville Barton, this will drink well young. 90 Points
4,152 Views Tasted Feb 16, 2014
From an assemblage of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, the wine will be aged in 80% new oak. The wine reached 12.5% alcohol. According to Anthony Barton, with a little more rain, the wines could have been as good as 2009 or 2010. Deep color with lead pencil, earth, flint, cassis and truffle scents in the nose. Tannic, fresh, bright, crisp cassis is found in the finish. 91-93 Pts
5,332 Views Tasted Apr 13, 2012
|2010||Château Léoville Barton (St. Julien)|
Powerful, concentrated, tannic and intense, there is good volume, mouth searing tannins and a richness of vibrant, ripe, crisp fruit that create a long lived wine. From a blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc, fans of this estate, with patience and the funds should definitely be on the lookout for it. 95 Points
11,377 Views Tasted Feb 8, 2013
Leoville Barton – Deep ruby with purple accents, cassis, earth and spice aromas open to a big mouthful of juicy, chewy, tannic, cabernet sauvignon. While tannic and broad shouldered, the tannins are soft and round. This is one of my favorite vintages of Leoville Barton. Like all the estates wines, this will age well, but it should be accessible earlier than 2005. 94-96 Pts
11,814 Views Tasted Apr 23, 2011
|2009||Château Léoville Barton (St. Julien)|
Cigar box, spice, tobacco leaf, cocoa and earthy, spicy red fruits. The wine is full-bodied, and still youthful, but the tannins are so ripe, with 3-4 hours of air, you can drink it now. Or if you can wait another 5 years, this is going to be so much better. The wine was made from blending 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22.5% Merlot and .05% Cabernet Franc. 95 Points
6,999 Views Tasted Sep 20, 2019
Blending 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22.5% Merlot and a pinch of Cabernet Franc, this powerful, full bodied, concentrated fresh wine is packed with cedar wood, oak, cassis, minerals and fresh, juicy blackberries. Tannic and refined, buyers will need to forget about this wine for two decades before it’s ready to drink. 93 Points
15,155 Views Tasted Feb 5, 2012
|2008||Château Léoville Barton (St. Julien)|
Tobacco leaf, cigar wrapper, cedar and green pepper corns are the first thing you notice. Full bodied, quite crisp and sharp, this is concentrated, peppery and crisp. This will be much better with 5-8 more years in the cellar. 92 Points
8,048 Views Tasted Sep 17, 2018
Big, powerful, tight and tannic, this masculine, chewy wine fills your mouth with cassis and tannin. This was one of the more backward wines from the tasting. 90 Points
14,617 Views Tasted Jan 27, 2011
08 Château Leoville Barton is deeply colored. With black fruits and hints of cherry, the fragrance was a pleasure. In the mouth, while the flavors were concentrated, the tannins were slightly rustic, leaving a dry sensation in the finish. 90-92 Pts
11,165 Views Tasted Aug 31, 2009
|2007||Château Léoville Barton (St. Julien)|
Quite strong for the vintage, the wine offers soft, charming, red fruits in a medium bodied, earthy, spicy, fresh style. Slightly more interesting with its tobacco and cedar infused, red berry nose, than on the palate, this is ready to drink today. 90 Points
4,683 Views Tasted Sep 2, 2017
|2006||Château Léoville Barton (St. Julien)|
Tobacco, cigar box, cedar wood and spicy red fruits make up the perfume. Still deep in color, there is some lightening at the edges of the glass that is becoming apparent. Austere in character, the Cabernet Sauvignon is fresh, crisp and tannic. This definitely needs several more years before it becomes close to user friendly. 92 Points
8,405 Views Tasted May 25, 2016
Concentrated, with loads of cedar, tobacco and tannin, the fruit is fresh, ripe, clean, sharp and tannic. This classic Bordeaux demands at least another decade in the cellar to come around. 91 Points
7,530 Views Tasted May 13, 2015
With an earthy, tobacco, cassis, spice, black raspberry, herb and smoky nose, this structured, masculine, tannic, young, St. Julien wine demands another 10 years before the ample tannins soften and begin to meld into the wine. It will probably always be brawny and classic in style. 90 Points
14,621 Views Tasted Sep 6, 2011
|2005||Château Léoville Barton (St. Julien)|
Espresso bean, cassis, spice, earth, cedar and tobacco open the nose. With a serious tannic backbone that demands more time in the cellar, give this powerful, structured, masculine wine another 5-10 years to soften and become fun to drink. It’s going to be worth the wait. 93 Points
10,211 Views Tasted Jun 28, 2015
There is a lot going on in this masculine, styled, full bodied wine. Filled with tannin and fruit, this demands up to two decades before becoming civilized. 92 Points
19,159 Views Tasted Jan 20, 2008
|2004||Château Léoville Barton (St. Julien)|
With a tobacco, truffle, cedar wood, cigar box and blackberry personality, this is just starting to open. Firm, classic and traditionally styled, there is still some tannin to be resolved Give it another 5 years. 91 Points
8,208 Views Tasted Jan 4, 2015
|2003||Château Léoville Barton (St. Julien)|
This just keeps getting better as it ages. Still young and vibrant, the wine manages to avoid the trappings of the growing season and instead provides an earthy, cedar, tobacco, dark red fruit and licorice filled perfume. Rich and lively on the palate, with layers of sweet, ripe, round, dark red berries, the wine tastes as good as it feels. With 1 hour of air, this is good to go. 96 Points
4,971 Views Tasted Oct 9, 2020
I really like how this is showing. In many top vintages for Leoville Barton, 15 years of age makes it a baby. Not with the 2003. The wine is concentrated with layers, of deep, fleshy, red fruits, soft, supple tannins and the finish delivers the goods. Drink it now, or wait 5 years, either way, it is a winner! 95 Points
7,394 Views Tasted Nov 1, 2018
This is probably the only early drinking vintage of this chateau, which normally takes years to develop. Concentrated, full bodied and with round tannins, the fruits are fresh and lively. This should even get better as it develops more secondary characteristics. 95 Points
8,965 Views Tasted Feb 28, 2017
As you know, the extreme weather in 2003 worked better for some Bordeaux chateaux than for others. In 2003, Leoville Barton hit it out of the park. Showing no signs of heat, jam or too much alcohol, the wine is all about the rich, fleshy, lush, dense textures and layer on layer of perfectly ripe, dark berries that tastes as good as it feels on your palate. 95 Points
9,346 Views Tasted Jan 22, 2016
Tobacco, forest floor, truffle, cigar box, ash, blackberry and fresh herb notes create the complex set of aromatics. On the palate, the round, black cherry and spicy sensations are a treat. Probably close to mature, there is no reason to wait to pop a cork. But there is no hurry either. Drink this delicious wine over next 10-15 years. 94 Points
12,157 Views Tasted Nov 18, 2015
Time has been good to 2003 Leoville Barton. It was a good wine when last tasted a few years ago and it's only gotten better. Secondary notes of tobacco, earth, cassis, cedar chest and cigar box are poking through. Silky tannins, purity of fruit and a long, rich, round palate are perfected by the long, lush, fleshy finish. Drink now, or wait another decade before popping a cork. I'm happy to own it in my cellar, which at the end of the day is strongest comment a taster can make. 95 Points
14,032 Views Tasted Feb 20, 2013
Normally, this wine is very rustic and masculine. But in 2003, I find the ripeness of the fruit helped produce a great style of wine for this traditionally styled St. Julien. Cassis, coffee and licorice entice your nose. The serious fruit, ripe tannins and pure cassis that pours over your palate lets you know this will be a very special wine for Leoville Barton when it matures. 94 Points
10,256 Views Tasted Jun 1, 2009
|2002||Château Léoville Barton (St. Julien)|
The wine opens with cedar, cassis and earth and forest floor scents are found with time and animated coaxing. Austere and tannic, the wine demands at least another decade before the wall of tannins begin to be resolved. 90 Points
10,506 Views Tasted Feb 17, 2012
|2001||Château Léoville Barton (St. Julien)|
Soft, ripe and fun to drink reasonably well young for Leoville Barton, the wine is just starting to open and reveal its tobacco, blackberry cassis and earthy, fresh character. There is still some tannin to be resolved. Give it another 3-5 years. 92 Points
6,727 Views Tasted Jan 4, 2015
Tobacco, cedar, forest floor, cassis, and blackberry scents open to a concentrated wine. Leoville Barton is usually a wine demanding at least one or two decades before it's fun to drink. Every rule has an exception and 2001 breaks that rule with its forward, soft, approachable, black fruit and earthy profile. 92 Points
12,641 Views Tasted Sep 4, 2011
|2000||Château Léoville Barton (St. Julien)|
On the firm, tannic, stoic side, the wine remains stubbornly youthful. Even at 20, the tannins are strict. Once the tannins subside, there is a wealth of concentrated, ripe, juicy, fresh, crisp Cabernet Sauvignon with real staying power. But this wine demands at least another decade in the cellar before it moves into its prime time drinking window. Those that prefer old-school classic Bordeaux should be all over this wine. 93 Points
6,997 Views Tasted Nov 29, 2020
This young, primary wine, expresses an elegant style of Leoville Barton. Blackberry, cassis, earth and tobacco scents open up what seems like an early maturing wine for this chateau. The tannins have more softeners and polish that I usually detect in their wine. Give it another couple of years to develop complexities. 92 Points
20,056 Views Tasted Jan 20, 2011
Black fruit, truffles and spice in the perfume. Normally, this is a big, brooding, old school wine that takes decades to shed its ample tannin. 2000 is a refined vintage for this Chateau. The wine is already showing well. 92 Points
17,335 Views Tasted Mar 5, 2010
|1999||Château Léoville Barton (St. Julien)|
Medium bodied, with more going on with the nose with its tobacco edged, forest floor and leafy quality than on the bright, firm, quite fresh, bright, red berry filled palate. You can drink this now. Holding it for more aging is probably not going to change things for the better. 89 Points
3,897 Views Tasted Sep 22, 2018
|1998||Château Léoville Barton (St. Julien)|
Firm, structured, tannic, classic, austere and youthful, this needs at least a decade for the tannins to become civilized and catch up with the secondary nose that is developing. 90 Points
4,476 Views Tasted Apr 16, 2016
|1996||Château Léoville Barton (St. Julien)|
Tannic, young and slightly on the austere, masculine side of the style range. The nose offers secondary notes of tobacco, earth and cedar, but on the palate the wine is still young, crisp and tannic. Give it another 5 years and it could soften. But it will always be a beefy, traditional style of Bordeaux wine. 91 Points
7,350 Views Tasted Feb 20, 2014
|1995||Château Léoville Barton (St. Julien)|
Still backwards at 17, this soild, masculine, tannic, brawny wine demands at least another decade before coming together. 90 Points
12,419 Views Tasted Nov 27, 2011
|1994||Château Léoville Barton (St. Julien)|
Quite nice, especially considering the vintage, the fruit is fresh with a bright leaning. The nose with its tobacco, forest leaf and cigar box character is even better than what you find on the palate. With an hour in the decanter, this is fully ready to go. 90 Points
4,135 Views Tasted Oct 5, 2018
|1990||Château Léoville Barton (St. Julien)|
Still backwards and with boatloads of tannin, this traditionally styled, masculine, tannic wine demands another decade of sleep 90 Points
6,893 Views Tasted Dec 20, 2009
Beffy, chewy and masculine in style with a big, tannic backbone. Tight. Lacks charm and elegance. 90 Points
6,615 Views Tasted Jun 15, 2007
|1989||Château Léoville Barton (St. Julien)|
Cranky, old-school, austere wine with firm, rustic tannins and a big dose of cedar, tobacco leaf, bright, crisp, crunchy red fruits, and a lean, bordering on severe finish. 88 Points
2,995 Views Tasted Nov 10, 2021
Spice, cassis, tobacco and cherries on the nose. The wine finishes with roasted black and red fruit. This is an elegant style of wine for the Chateau. All the tannin is resolved, and the wine is ready for prime time drinking. Owner Lillian Barton thinks the 89 and 90 are the same level of quality, but feels the 90 needs more time before it is mature. 88 Points
5,044 Views Tasted Jun 18, 2009
Traditionally made, rustic, austere and hard in style. Not my cup of tea. 86 Points
3,574 Views Tasted Feb 27, 2006
|1986||Château Léoville Barton (St. Julien)|
Scents of black fruit emerge with coaxing. Event though this 21 year old Bordeaux was decanted 2 hours, it remained brutally tannic reminding me of a 5 year old wine. Masculine in temperament, beefy, almost hard, daring you to take a bite out of it, or a sip. Layers of ripe black fruit could be sensed under the huge, tannic cloud, but will this be any fun to drink before it hits 30 years old? I doubt it. 89 Points
3,629 Views Tasted Jan 15, 2007
|1985||Château Léoville Barton (St. Julien)|
More interesting on the nose than the palate, and this is saying something, as I really liked the softening, full bodied, round, cassis, spice, earth and black cherry finish that got better as time wore on. At close to 30 years of age, this is really showing nicely. 92 Points
6,343 Views Tasted May 9, 2014
|1982||Château Léoville Barton (St. Julien)|
Firm, crisp, tough, rustic, old school classic here, with good concentration of fruit, paired with tough tannins and peppery herbs in the cranberry finish. This old school classic will appeal to some more than others. 87 Points
2,802 Views Tasted Feb 9, 2019
Tobacco, cassis, earth, green pepper, tobacco and forest scents were easy to find. At close to 30, this wine remains beefy, brawny and tannic. With its hard, austere, tannic personality, it's truly a wine for fans of real, old school Bordeaux. The wine ends with a cassis, green herbal, and cranberry finish. This will probably improve with more time, but it's always going to have a masculine character. 89 Points
8,823 Views Tasted Nov 23, 2011
Traditional, masculine and austere style. Smoke, cedar, cassis, toffee, earth and black fruit on the nose. This hard, charmless wine does not offer much pleasure in the mouth, as the tannins were hard and searing. This wine lacks charm and elegance. 88 Points
8,435 Views Tasted Jun 30, 2009
Earthy, forest scents were made better with notes of truffles, tobacco and cassis. Rustic and masculine in style, the wine finishes with red and black fruits with austere textures. Very old school style of wine. 90 Points
4,065 Views Tasted Nov 14, 2004
|1961||Château Léoville Barton (St. Julien)|
Fully-developed, the nose opens with wet forest, leafy-herbs, cedar, tobacco leaf, smoke, spice and red fruits. Medium-bodied, vibrant, crisp and bright, the finish has a nice peppery edge to the red fruits and cigar wrapper notes. 91 Points
1,029 Views Tasted Apr 6, 2022
Firm, old school, austere, yet completely charming wine that is still going strong. The tannins are resolved, the cassis has freshness, the secondary tobacco, earth and forest floor aromatics hit the spot. This is a solid example of a classy and classic, mature Bordeaux. 92 Points
2,585 Views Tasted Nov 13, 2016
|1959||Château Léoville Barton (St. Julien)|
Earthy, seductive with loads of cedar, forest leaf, herbs, cigar box, tobacco and bright red fruits. The wine is classic, but there is a polish to its nature and ample, tobacco and herb, infused bright red fruits in the earthy finish. 92 Points
3,287 Views Tasted Jun 5, 2018
|1955||Château Léoville Barton (St. Julien)|
Well past its prime, now, you find a plethora of herbal scents, tobacco leaf, cigar box, cedar and a bit of earthy cranberry trying to poke through on the nose. The palate is bright with more tart than sweet, more earth than fruit, though if you look hard, there are hints of tart red berries in the background. Nothing lives forever... 79 Points
1,583 Views Tasted Dec 10, 2021
|1929||Château Léoville Barton (St. Julien)|
Poured from a bottle featuring a beautiful, art deco inspired label, the wine was filled with smoke, earth, cigar box, tobacco leaf, mineral, cassis, baked cherry pie, ash and vanilla bean. Full bodied, rich and packed with flavor, the wine finished with, rich, plush, sweet plums, earth and cocoa. This was a perfect example of why 1929 remains my favorite mature Bordeaux vintage. They can be incredibly seductive. 94 Points
4,101 Views Tasted Mar 29, 2012
|1920||Château Léoville Barton (St. Julien)|
Surprisingly good at close to 100 years of age, the cedar wood, smoke, cigar box, tobacco, forest floor and cherries were the best part of the wine. Stern in character, medium bodied, there was some strawberries that carried through in the austere finish. 84 Points
2,420 Views Tasted Dec 15, 2014