2003 Leoville Barton

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / SAINT-JULIEN
abv 12.5%
  • 96 WA
  • 98 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • 75 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 52976-2003
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    ($99-$150) Good medium ruby. Explosive nose of black raspberry, coffee and leather. Hugely rich, dense and sweet, with deep flavors of currant, plum and chocolate complicated by underlying minerality. Wonderfully dense and full on the back end, with broad tannins and palate-staining length. Today, the 2005 comes off as dry by comparison. A standout of the vintage, and likely to be long-lived in the context of the year.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2006
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

    A spectacular success, the opaque plum-colored 2003 Leoville Barton is still on the young side of its plateau of maturity. It exhibits a striking bouquet of forest floor and black currants as well as a full-bodied, exuberant, youthful style, an opaque plum/ruby color, a lot of complexity, and striking depth and richness. This is a profound, stunning effort from Anthony Barton and his team. Bravo! It should continue to provide immense pleasure for 20-30 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 15

    Dark crimson. Looks just a little grey. Rather stewed, simple and attenuated red wine. (Average group score: 15.5)
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 98

    Intense blackberry and cherry, with hints of currant. Toasted oak and sweet tobacco too. Roses and other flowers, such as lilacs. Full-bodied, with masses of tannins yet incredibly long and seductive. 18,330 cases made.
    Author: James Suckling
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    Author: Sally S
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    Author: gd10102
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    Drink Dates: 2012-2029
    Author: nadeausp
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Ay Caramba, this one is for the books. Opened and decanted for 1 hrs. Deep Purple, A complex nose of Cassis, Raspberry with hints of plum and maybe mushrooms. Full body with a lot of tannins and a very loong finish. Loved it!!
    Author: Samuel Z125
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    Author: craigechols
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Author: Ronn L
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    Author: Dnadoc00
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: VinoDeparture
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: wineangelo
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Billy the Kid
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    Author: Gregg MV
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    Drink Dates: 2013-2025
    Author: Wingman
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Decanted 3 hours prior to drinking. Dark fruit aromas and flavors. Round tannins; a silky and polished wine with some lingering brightness. No hints of raisiny or cooked flavors for such a hot vintage.
    Drink Dates: 2016-2030
    Author: Todd W59
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    Excellent wine almost as soon as opened. Got better over the course of an hour. I am sure it will get better, but given where it is now, going to be hard to wait
    Author: WayneC
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Good, but I'm not sure I understand the excitement. Complex and interesting flavors, but not the power of a big California cabernet.
    Author: Jeffrey M989
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Huge wine. Deep, dark ruby color. Delicious as always.
    Author: Nick O
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Very dark in the glass, the nose is expressive with a plethora of berry fruit, floral, pencil led, herbal and just complex overall. The palate is sensational, perfect balance with just the right amount of sweet fruit. Ripen, round and opulent with a great moth-feel and mild tannin. The finish goes on and on lingering in the mouth. Excellent!
    Author: BORDEAUXLICIOUS
  • Self | Rating: 5

    What an incredible well balance Bordeaux tasting wine - the only thing missing is the old Bordeaux taste that can only be given with some time. This is excellent!
    Author: Sessio
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Yep, I am a slut, I dug this wine. The most extroverted, pleasurable and hedonistic effort that I've ever had the pleasure to taste from Leoville Barton is this byproduct of the wildly intense, sun saturated 2003 vintage. What a byproduct it is! While there is still quite a hefty dose of prime grade, creamy toast that is evident in the wine?s nose, this wine is layered and inundated with affluent, copious amounts of fruit that gush from the glass. Mammoth, overt flavors of blackberries, blueberries, cr?me de cassis and flowers cascade through the palate in lush, hedonistic droves. While formidably tannic, the structure is so ripe and sweet that I can'timagine that the evolutionary phases of this wine will ever see real austerity. Should be a legendary Barton
    Drink Dates: 04-01-2008
    Author: Brad Coelho
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.

See other similar producers:Chateau Lascombes,Chateau Beychevelle,Chateau Haut Brion
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

  • 8424 bottles owned
  • 888 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 888 collectors)