2000 Leoville Barton

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / SAINT-JULIEN
  • 96 WA
  • 97 WS
  • 94 IWC
  • 90 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 52976-2000-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

    ($77-$100) Full medium ruby. Knockout superripe nose combines black cherry, licorice and exotic spices. Compellingly sweet, lush and complete, with harmonious acids giving the wine lovely vinosity and extending the flavors. Finishes with lush, dusty tannins and superb persistence. A great vintage for Leoville-Barton.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2003
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 97

    Amazingly rich and silky. Lots of chocolate and blackberry aromas with hints of raspberries. Full-bodied, with silky, round tannins. Great concentration. Long, long finish. This is the biggest, most powerful ever from Leoville Barton. 20,000 cases made.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

    Dark crimson. Very solid and savoury on the nose. Essence of St James's Street?! Lots of mass here and something really very promising even if it is far from its full realisation. Bravo!
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    I found this to be one of the more backward wines of the 2000 vintage and gave it a window of maturity of 2015-2040 when I reviewed it in 2003. In my two recent tastings of it, I changed that window to 2018-2050, which probably says more than the following tasting note could say. This is a behemoth - dense, highly extracted, very tannic, broodingly backward, with a dense purple color and very little evolution since it was bottled 8 years ago. Wonderfully sweet cedar and fruitcake notes are intermixed with hints of creme de cassis, licorice, and earthy forest floor. It is full-bodied and tannic, with everything in place, but like so many wines that come from Leoville Barton, it makes a mockery of many modern-day consumers wanting a wine for immediate gratification. Those who bought it should continue to exercise patience and be proud to own a wonderful classic with five decades of longevity ahead of it.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Author: dave1161
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Author: gd10102
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: BORDEAUXLICIOUS
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: M Rapp
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Drink Dates: 2015-2025
    Author: flavio
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Amazingly rich and silky. Lots of chocolate and blackberry aromas with hints of raspberries. Full-bodied, with silky, round tannins. Great concentration. Long, long finish. This is the biggest, most powerful ever from L‚oville Barton. Best after 2012.
    Drink Dates: 2012-2050
    Author: Pato
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Double-decanted 4 hours prior to drinking. Dark red color with aromas of black fruits and some vegetal undertones. Tannins starting to unwind; expected denser and richer flavors but tasted a wine that seemed a bit thin. When tasted next to the 2000 Cos d'Estournel, the Barton was overshadowed on this night.
    Drink Dates: 2014-2030
    Author: Todd W59
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Fruit forward nose, cherry and leather. Very well balanced, medium sweetness with a taste of raisins and leather. Tannins still a little strong, but drinking nicely. Will get better. Remote and closed.
    Drink Dates: 2020+
    Author: Ricknat1
  • Self | Rating: 93

    July 4th with Rick & Sandy. Not paying attention to tasting notes.
    Author: Rutiger
  • Self | Rating: 88

    Only ok. My cellar conditions aren't perfect, but aren't too bad either - but this bottle seemed thin and slightly raisiny. Disappointing.
    Author: Jeffrey M989
  • Self | Rating: 92

    This has lost most of its fruit, it has a medium body and nice finish. It seems to me that it's nearing its end and should be consumed within the next two years.
    Drink Dates: 2010-2017
    Author: Cellar Dweller 33
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Very funky bottle. Brett.
    Author: Johnnymd
  • Self | Rating: 95

    While the millennium vintage wasn'texactly the most open for business, there is no denying the stature and presence that this wine possesses. A black colored, brooding and authoritatively intense wine that is loaded to the gills w/ charcoal, blackberry, melted licorice, and cassis flavors that reverberate through the spine of the taster w/ sheer power. A tremendous, heady finish pumps out concentrated, viscous Cabernet flavors for up to a minute. Should be a classic as the structure gives way a bit for better flavor definition, as its sense of penetration now is almost overwhelming
    Drink Dates: 04-01-2008
    Author: Brad Coelho
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Young
    Author: marv
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.

White Bordeaux blends are most commonly composed of Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc, and come in a range of dry and sweet styles. Sémillon contributes body while Sauvignon Blanc adds high acidity, a characteristic that is particularly important in the sweet wines of Bordeaux.

Sauternes is one of the world’s most prestigious regions for sweet wine production, made possible by Sémillon’s affinity for noble rot. Wines from world-renowned Château d’Yquem are fermented and matured in new oak for up to three years and can age for decades in bottle. These wines display complex aromas of melon, honey, apricot, citrus peel, mango, and butterscotch and develop added complexity and aromas with age.

The best dry wines from this blend come from producers such as Château Haut-Brion, Château Pape Clément, and Domaine de Chevalier in Pessac-Léognan and Graves. These wines are typically fermented and matured in new oak and display a full-bodied richness with concentrated nutty flavors overlaying the fruit.

Due to its freshness and flavor profile, dry white Bordeaux blends pair well with almost any white food, including all types of fish, poultry, veal, and pork. The sweet wines of Bordeaux pair well with foie gras, oysters, blue cheese, spicy food (particularly Asian cuisines), any dish with sweet notes, and of course, dessert.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 6901 bottles owned
  • 790 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 790 collectors)