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Château Léoville Barton

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2020 Château Léoville Barton  (St. Julien) 96

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

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2019 Château Léoville Barton  (St. Julien) 96

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

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2018 Château Léoville Barton  (St. Julien) 97

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

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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

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2017 Château Léoville Barton  (St. Julien) 94

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

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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

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2016 Château Léoville Barton  (St. Julien) 96

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

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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

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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

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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

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2015 Château Léoville Barton  (St. Julien) 96

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

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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

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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

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2014 Château Léoville Barton  (St. Julien) 93

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

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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

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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

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2013 Château Léoville Barton  (St. Julien) 90

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

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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

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2012 Château Léoville Barton  (St. Julien) 92

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

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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

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2011 Château Léoville Barton  (St. Julien) 90

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

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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

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2010 Château Léoville Barton  (St. Julien) 95

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

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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

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2009 Château Léoville Barton  (St. Julien) 95

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

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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

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2008 Château Léoville Barton  (St. Julien) 92

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

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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

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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

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2007 Château Léoville Barton  (St. Julien) 90

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

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2006 Château Léoville Barton  (St. Julien) 92

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

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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

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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

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2005 Château Léoville Barton  (St. Julien) 93

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

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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

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2004 Château Léoville Barton  (St. Julien) 91

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

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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. 96 Points

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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! 95 Points

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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. 95 Points

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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. 95 Points

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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. 94 Points

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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. 95 Points

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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. 94 Points

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2002 Château Léoville Barton  (St. Julien) 90

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

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2001 Château Léoville Barton  (St. Julien) 92

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

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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

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2000 Château Léoville Barton  (St. Julien) 93

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

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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

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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

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1999 Château Léoville Barton  (St. Julien) 89

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

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1998 Château Léoville Barton  (St. Julien) 90

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

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1996 Château Léoville Barton  (St. Julien) 91

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

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1995 Château Léoville Barton  (St. Julien) 90

Still backwards at 17, this soild, masculine, tannic, brawny wine demands at least another decade before coming together. 90 Points

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1994 Château Léoville Barton  (St. Julien) 90

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

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1990 Château Léoville Barton  (St. Julien) 90

Still backwards and with boatloads of tannin, this traditionally styled, masculine, tannic wine demands another decade of sleep 90 Points

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Beffy, chewy and masculine in style with a big, tannic backbone. Tight. Lacks charm and elegance. 90 Points

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1989 Château Léoville Barton  (St. Julien) 88

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

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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

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Traditionally made, rustic, austere and hard in style. Not my cup of tea. 86 Points

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1986 Château Léoville Barton  (St. Julien) 89

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

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1985 Château Léoville Barton  (St. Julien) 92

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

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1982 Château Léoville Barton  (St. Julien) 87

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

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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

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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

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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

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1961 Château Léoville Barton  (St. Julien) 92

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

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1959 Château Léoville Barton  (St. Julien) 92

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

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1955 Château Léoville Barton  (St. Julien) 79

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

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1929 Château Léoville Barton  (St. Julien) 94

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

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1920 Château Léoville Barton  (St. Julien) 84

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

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