1982 Leoville Barton 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

This traditionally made, old style, extremely dense, powerful wine requires another 7-10 years of cellaring. An opaque dark garnet color is followed by aromas of sweet cedar, old wood, truffles, smoke, and underbrush. Big, thick, juicy, black currant, and cherry flavors can be found in this muscular, monster-sized, exceedingly tannic, dense, backward wine.

Immensely impressive for its size, strength, and structure, this 1982 requires another 5-10 years of cellaring. It is unquestionably one of the most concentrated wines of the Medoc, and it should last another 30-40 years.

Drink Dates: 2010-2050
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 129

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91(+?)

($225) Red-ruby. Highly aromatic nose of raspberry, redcurrant, graphite, licorice and cedar. Leanish, dry and classic, with firm acidity but less flesh than the '96. Lovely traditionally made claret, with terrific finesse and grip. Still evolving. (A second bottle showed a somewhat leathery nose and came across as drier in the middle palate; it was not quite as fresh as the better sample.)

Drink Dates: 2002-2020
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 103

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 88

At its peak. Medium-dark ruby, with an amber edge. Cherry, coffee and cedar aromas. Medium-bodied, with sweet berry flavors and caressing, velvety tannins. Delicious, but slightly disappointing for this chateau.--1982 Bordeaux horizontal.

Drink Dates: 1998+
Author: James Suckling

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Author: Rutiger
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 06/30/2013
Clear, light garnet, yellowish rim. Nose at first very earthy, almost damp, almost stable. Corked.

Rating: 94
Author: Ricknat1
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 03/20/2010
Drink Dates: 2007-2030
At Talulahs Table paired with Meadowset Lamb Three Ways Wine showed very well tonight with 3 hours of air. The wine is perfectly mature, delicious and incredibly complex. Big black current and dark cherry flavors are perfectly balanced. Perfect with the lamb

Rating: 90
Author: marv
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 06/25/2014

Rating: 88
Author: Brad Coelho
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 06/18/2008
Drink Dates: 04/01/2008
Site Blog: Unidentified Appellation One of those wines where there was undoubtedly anticipation and it performed very well in all areas, except the mid-palate. Perhaps one of the more impressive aspects of this wine was how deeply saturated the color still was, leading way to a complex display of cut cedar, pipe tobacco and cassis that seemed to penetrate to the core. Unfortunately, after the initial attack, the wine has an odd lapse in missing the boat on the palate, but picking up steam on the finish, echoing violet and loam flavors in dazzling fashion. An optimistic would say that it just 'needed more time to fill out,? but I am of the camp that believes some wines just aren'ta complete package

Average rating: 89, based on 7 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

1154 bottles owned by 327 collectors.

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About This Producer

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

Wine Varietal: Bordeaux Blend

Six varieties are permitted to be used in a red Bordeaux blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and, less frequently, Carmenere. Each lends a specific characteristic to the finished blends, most of which are dominated by large percentages of either Cabernet Sauvignon, which brings aromatics and age-ability, or Merlot, which adds softness and body. In the Bordeaux region, Cabernet blends are found on the Left Bank and Merlot on the Right.

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