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2005 Leoville Barton 750ml
2005 Leoville Barton
France - Bordeaux - St Julien / Second Growth
Red / Bordeaux Blend
2005 Leoville Barton
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Professional Reviews

IWC
94

International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 138

($150-$250) Deep ruby. Wonderfully perfumed nose offers cassis, minerals, tobacco, flowers, mocha and truffle. Bright, mineral-driven and concentrated, with terrific underlying backbone giving energy and definition to the dark berry, mineral and chocolate flavors. There's a floral lift here that's exhilarating to find in the very ripe 2005 vintage. Finishes very long and classy, with a firm tannic spine. An outstanding vintage for this wine.

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JR
18

Jancis Robinson Author: Jancis Robinson

Looks very youthful. Tight, concentrated and very focused. Luscious texture and a wine that slides across the palate. There is masses of tannin on the finish but it is ripe enough. This could be Barton. Very youthful but convincing. Bone dry in Barton style compared with the sweetness of Ducru-Beaucaillou.

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WA
94

Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 176

Another prodigious, but brutally tannic, offering from the affable Anthony Barton, the inky/blue/black-hued 2005 Leoville Barton exhibits a sensational perfume of charcoal, burning embers, underbrush, cedar, creme de cassis, and subtle toasty oak. Painfully concentrated (much like the 2000 was at the same stage), with full body, admirable purity, and several boatloads of muscular tannin, this St.-Julien is built for 50-60 years of cellaring. Its purity and precision are typical of today's winemaking, but Barton is certainly not making a wine for near-term gratification. This is another 2005 that will require enormous patience.

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WS
96

Wine Spectator Author: James Suckling

Delivers breathtaking aromas of blackberry, currant, licorice and flowers. Full-bodied, with a solid core of fruit and supersilky tannins. Dark chocolate, currant, berry and licorice follow through. This is racy and beautiful. 20,375 cases made.

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Community Reviews

93

Litig8tr Trust Rating: 96 Tasted On: 04/20/2013

Very dark and dense. Has currants, blackberries and spices. But this wine is still very tannic.

1 of 1 people found this review useful.

96

gd10102 Trust Rating: 81 Tasted On: 09/30/2009

0 of 1 people found this review useful.

97

Anonymous Author Trust Rating: 100 Tasted On: 04/04/2009 Drink Dates: 2017-2030

An amazing amount of fruit still hidden underneath the heavy tannins.

92

Jeffrey M989 Trust Rating: 97 Tasted On: 02/19/2009 Drink Dates: 2013-2025

Can't pin it down yet. Licorice and chocolate notes, pushy tannins that will probably smoothe out nicely. Way too young to drink now or for me to even give it a number.

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Brad Coelho Trust Rating: 97 Tasted On: 06/18/2008 Drink Dates: 04/01/2008 Site Blog: Unidentified Appellation

After a superficially pleasing 2004, this gets my vote for the most frighteningly backward, introverted wine of the tasting (I did not taste Calon Segur, which usually takes the cake in that category). Monstrous structure, only whispering at dusty cassis, graphite, forest floor and iron notes as the tension in this wine makes it almost a foreboding tasting experience. It is way too disjointed, clumsy and rigid for me to get any bead on this wine other than it has the substance to age for a century. This Chateau has a great track record for coming into harmony w/ bottle age, but I can'tbe optimistic from this brief tasting acquaintance to make any calls?.I need to spend more time analyzing, decanting and appreciating this particular performance.

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