2008 Leoville Barton

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / SAINT-JULIEN
abv 12.5%
  • 92 WA
  • 91 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • 83 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 52976-2008-750-3B
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

    Alluring, with warm fig sauce, plum and currant paste notes liberally laced with espresso bean and dark roasted vanilla bean notes. Fleshy but focused, with the roasted edge adding definition and length. Drink now through 2019. 16,665 cases made.
    Author: James Molesworth
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    Bright ruby. Sexy, ripe nose combines cassis, Cuban cigar tobacco, licorice and minerals. Sweet, tactile and intense, with concentrated, sharply delineated flavors of dark fruits and minerals. Densely packed, ripe and deep. Offers a lovely combination of silky texture, firm structure and the aromatic lift and nuance of the vintage's best examples. Should age gracefully for at least 15 years.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: July/August 2011
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16

    Notably dark in colour. The fruit is sweeter, denser and more cassis-like on the nose than Langoa. Powdery-fine tannins and less rich on the palate than the nose presaged. Finishes dry and a little austere for now. (JH)
    Author: Julia Harding MW
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

    Typically extracted and powerful (which is atypical in a vintage such as 2008), this offering may lack charm, but it is |locked and loaded| with plenty of background oak, huge black cherry and black currant fruit, medium to full body and a boatload of tannin. Forget it for 8-10 years and drink it over the following three decades.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Nice nose with butterscotch notes, smooth and pleasant. A favorite at my group's recent blind tasting.
    Author: Jeffrey M989
  • Anonymous | Rating: 19

    Sehr dunkles, sattes Granat mit violettem Schimmer. K”nigliches, tiefes Bouquet von Trffel, Brombeeren, Cassis und dunklen Edelh”lzern, pfeffrig. Im Gaumen perfekt, gross und erhaben, in Kraft und Aromatik einem Pauillac „hnlich, kr„ftige Adstringenz mit einer Garantie fr 50 Jahre Genuss - am besten erst ab 2010. Ein grosser Klassiker, der zu den herausragenden Weinen des Jahrgangs geh”rt und mal wieder sensationell gnstig angeboten wird.
    Drink Dates: 2019-2050
    Author: Silla
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Solid. Probably should've decanted longer. Not as powerful as I'd expect. Full bodied but not terribly complex.
    Author: Stefan N
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

  • 560 bottles owned
  • 100 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 92
    (Out of 100 collectors)