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1988 Château Léoville Barton

  • 88 WA
  • 87 WS
  • 83 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 52976-1988-750

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  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 87

    A little more austere than when it was young, with green tobacco and cherry aromas. Full-bodied, with firm tannins and a fresh finish.--1988 Bordeaux horizontal. Drink now.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 88

    Along with many of its Medoc neighbors, the 1988 is a hard, tough, severe style of wine that will last 15-20 years. It exhibits some of the herbaceousness resulting from Cabernet that was picked too early, but otherwise it is well-proportioned, with medium body and fine depth. Will the fruit stand up to the tannins? The finish reveals copious amounts of rich, deep, curranty fruit. This wine may merit a higher rating in 4-5 years, especially if it turns out to resemble the 1966.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16

    Mid ruby with a pale rim. Slightly surly nose - less expressive than the Palmer 1988 served immediately before it. It did open up a bit in the glass. Solid and chewy. Then it warms up towards the end and is actually rather fruity on the finish. Very correct rather than being super charming.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Drink Dates: 2005-2030
    Author: riffmaker
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: juglum
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Sweet cassis balanced with sour cherry on the nose. Dense cherry and bubblegum flavors, balanced with good acidity, slightly bitter at the finish yet long and structured. Tannins still slightly less than rounded but affords a long finish. Overall very good.
    Drink Dates: 2010-2016
    Author: Pierre T184
Leoville-Barton is one of the five St. Julien Second Growth properties designated in the 1855 classification. It is often referred to as a "super-second", though, because its wines are at a quality level approaching that of a First Growth. The chateau is not only considered one of the top wines in St. Julien, but also one of the best values. Leoville-Barton wines have a higher percentage of Cabernet-Sauvignon than other proprietors' blends, a typical blend consisting of 70% Cabernet, 20% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Franc. Leoville-Barton produces a second label called La Reserve de Leoville-Barton. The Barton family owns both Chateau Langoa-Barton and Chateau Leoville-Barton, having acquired them in the 1820s.

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Located in the southwest of France, Bordeaux is the single largest fine-wine-producing region in the world, with more than 15,000 growers spread over 57 appellations and more than 700 million bottles produced annually. The region boasts a two-thousand-year winemaking history and some of the wine world's most recognized and highly sought-after names. Red Bordeaux blends comprise eighty percent of production, but dry and sweet whites are also well-known. The region is divided into the Left and Right Banks (of the Dordogne River); Cabernet Sauvignon prevails in the former and Merlot in the latter.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 2310 bottles owned
  • 79 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 92
    (Out of 79 collectors)