2003 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Wine Tasting Note


2003 Château Léoville Barton  (St. Julien) 96

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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Leoville Barton chateau Wine Tasting Notes, Ratings

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 backwards during 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 own 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.