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1998 Château Léoville Barton

abv 12.5%
  • 93 WA
  • 93 WS
  • 90 IWC
  • 80 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 52976-1998-750

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

    Medium ruby. Very pure aromas of black cherry and licorice, with faint nutty and herbal nuances; comes across as distinctly riper than the Langoa. Dense and chocolatey, with sound acids and underlying minerality giving the flavors impressive clarity. Richly oaky. Finishes long, with big, ripe tannins. Reviewed: May 2001
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2001
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

    Very fine indeed. Violet, mineral and hints of currant on the nose. Medium- to full-bodied, with fine, integrated tannins and a long, silky finish. Very good for the vintage in the Medoc. 22,000 cases made.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

    Impressive dark, almost purple color. Intense aromas of crushed blackberries, minerals, mint and currant follow through to a full body, with licorice and berry character and a long, velvety finish. Needs a bit of time still, but very enjoyable already. Very serious for the vintage.--'88/'98 Bordeaux blind retrospective (2008). Best after 2011.           

    Drink Dates: 2011+
    Author: James Suckling
    Issue: Web Only - 2009
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16

    Not developing the most interesting nose, and the tannin is unfortunately tough on the palate. Pretty fierce and forceful, but not sufficiently complex in flavour. (RH) Reviewed: September, 2017

    Drink Dates: 2008-2025
    Author: Richard Hemming
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

    The 1998 has turned out to be one of the vintage's superb Medocs. It boasts an opaque black/purple color as well as a classic Leoville Las Cases display of lead pencil, gorgeously pure black raspberries and cherries, smoke, and graphite. A broad yet focused entry on the palate reveals firm tannin, medium to full body, superb concentration and purity, as well as a totally symmetrical mouthfeel. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2025. Reviewed: April, 2001

    Drink Dates: 2006-2025
    Author: Robert Parker
    Issue: 134
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Author: Mayo
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Drink Dates: 2005-2012
    Author: Anthony Hotmail
  • Self | Rating: 89

    Better after opened for a couple of hours, but never really met expectations . Soft tannins, and wet forest floor, Short finish of dark cherry. Maybe past it's peak.?
    Author: Cellar Dweller 33
  • Self | Rating: 89

    good ballance
    Author: Wang Chong
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Good fruit...blackberry and cherry...hints of leather...fan ins receding...still has several years left
    Drink Dates: 2020
    Author: Brian-Mark Cellar
  • Self | Rating: 84

    I wasn'tever really on board w/ this vintage as the late harvest rains seem to have taken their toll on the quality of the Cabernet crop for Barton. Extremely tight and brooding it its backward, unyielding personality from start to finish. The flavors of modest BBQ spice, smoke and currant are lacking in generosity and delineation and currently it is a wine that is marred in structure w/o the flesh
    Drink Dates: 04-01-2008
    Author: Brad Coelho
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Starting to emerge from childhood. Promising. Need another 2 years to blossom. Good with food now.
    Drink Dates: 2009-2020
    Author: Carl
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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Collector Data For This Wine

  • 1439 bottles owned
  • 211 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 90
    (Out of 211 collectors)