2005 Château Léoville Barton
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94($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.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: May/June 2008
Wine Spectator | Rating: 96Delivers 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.Author: James Suckling
Wine Advocate | Rating: 92Leoville Barton's 2005 has an inky ruby/purple color and shows fairly high tannin levels, but the balance is slightly better that the Langoa Barton, which is very hard. This is probably a 30-year wine and needs at least another 20 years of cellaring, and while the tannins are high, they are balanced more thoroughly and competently. With deep cassis and red currant fruit, the wine is earthy, spicy, medium to full-bodied, and needs at least another decade. Drink it between 2025 and 2050.Author: Robert Parker
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18Looks 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.Author: Jancis Robinson
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Self | Rating: 96Author: gd10102
Self | Rating: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.Drink Dates: 04-01-2008Author: Brad Coelho
Anonymous | Rating: 97An amazing amount of fruit still hidden underneath the heavy tannins.Drink Dates: 2017-2030Author: William
Self | Rating: 95Can'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.Drink Dates: 2013-2025Author: Jeffrey M989
Self | Rating: 92Decanted for 3 hours; still young. Needs more time. Aromatics are gorgeous; ripe black cassis, blackberry, raspberry, kirsch, earthy tones and cedar. Wine was more closed off on the palate. Going through a |dumb phase|?Drink Dates: 2018-2035Author: g4shay
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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 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.
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Collector Data For This Wine
- 3645 bottles owned
- 449 collectors
- Average collector rating: 94
(Out of 449 collectors)