2003 Leoville Barton 750ml

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WS 98   WA 96   IWC 93   Collector 94
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

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.

Drink Dates: 2012+
Author: James Suckling

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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.

Drink Dates: 2014-2044
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 214

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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: Issue 126

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Author: WayneC
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 09/07/2013
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

1 of 1 people found this review useful.

Rating: 98
Author: mmganem
Trust Rating: 0
Tasted On: 09/10/2013

0 of 2 people found this review useful.

Rating: 95
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 04/26/2015
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!

Rating: 88
Author: Dnadoc00
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 08/09/2013
The wine is a clear, medium ruby color and has lightly pigmented medium legs. The wine is clean with medium intensity aromas of black fruit (blackberry and plum). There are light aromas of cedar and graphite. The palate is dry with medium + acidity and medium + drying tannins. There is medium alcohol and medium -body and flavor intensity. The black fruit flavours are quite overwhelmed by the acid/tannins. The finish is mediium. The wine is not yet ready for drinking due to its high tannin which may or may not fade before the fruit. The wine is acceptable.

1 of 2 people found this review useful.

Rating: 80
Author: craigechols
Tasted On: 03/09/2015

Average rating: 91, based on 8 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

13615 bottles owned by 1996 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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