2010 Chateau Leoville Barton Saint JulienBlend from France
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"Wonderful aroma with the fruit surprisingly expressive. Sweet fruit fills out the fine structure and already elegant and perfectly proportioned. The lowest alcohol seen so far...
- 100 Wine Enthusiast
- 97 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
- 97 Neal Martin - Wine Journal
- 96+ Robert Parker - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
- 96 Wine Spectator
100 Wine Enthusiast
#5 Top Cellar Selection of 2013
"A magnificently solid wine, initially severe. At this young stage, the tannins dominate in a wine that also reveals a full fruit salad bowl of black fruits. Very dense, concentrated, this is a wine that's even better than the legendary 2005. The structure tells of its extraordinary aging potential: don't even attempt to drink this for 10 years. -RV" (02/13)
97 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
"Aromas of pure blackberries and violets follow through to a full body, with super velvety tannins and a delicious balance of sweet fruit, light vanilla and nuts. Really savory and beautiful. Superb wine. I like this better than 2009. Try in 2018." (02/13)
97 Neal Martin - Wine Journal
"Tasted at the Union de Grand Cru in London. Anthony Barton appeared to have made a scintillating wine in 2010 and I hoped it would live up to expectations. It does. And judging by the mutterings I heard from others, I was not alone in that opinion. The Leoville Barton is more bashful on the nose than the Langoa Barton, although there are clearly abundant, pure blackberry and blueberry fruit encased within and they will burst forth with bottle age. The palate offers exquisite balance with luscious, intense black tarry fruit on the entry that exert a gentle but insistent grip. There is a wonderful symmetry to this wine and a life-affirming sense of harmony and precision on the finish. This is unequivocally a fabulous Leoville Barton enveloped in an effortless aura - a wine that easily surpassed even my own lofty expectations. Tasted November 2012." (03/13)
96+ Robert Parker - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"A splendid showing, much stronger from bottle than it was from barrel, the Leoville Barton is one of the spectacular wines of the vintage. Inky purple to the rim, its huge tannin gives this wine real potential for 30-50 years of longevity. It is a classic, powerful Bordeaux made with no compromise. A superstar of the vintage, the wine has notes of pen ink and creme de cassis, good acidity, sweet, subtle oak, and massive extraction and concentration. I thought it was one of the most backward wines of the vintage two years ago, and nothing has changed in the ensuing upbringing of the wine in cask except that the wine now seems even richer, denser and fuller than I previously thought. The beautiful purity, symmetry, and huge finish of nearly a minute make this one of the all-time great classics from Leoville Barton. Anticipated maturity: 2028-2065+." (02/13)
96 Wine Spectator
"Takes a modern approach, with dark mocha- and espresso-infused toast leading the way, featuring an extra ganache kicker before dark currant preserves and roasted plum fruit strides in. Dense and extracted through the polished finish, this features a charcoal spine that gives rise to extra blueberry and pastis notes. Should cruise in the cellar. Best from 2018 through 2038. -JM" (03/13)
"Wonderful aroma with the fruit surprisingly expressive. Sweet fruit fills out the fine structure and already elegant and perfectly proportioned. The lowest alcohol seen so far... Drink from 2020 to 2038.(JH)" - 18 out of 20 Points, Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages.
"This vintage, still in its youth, eludes a warm, perfumed atmosphere reminiscent of linden blossom and bluebells. It's just like biting into a fresh grape. This is a robust wine with deep, long flavours. There is nothing aggressive here, the silky, elegant, ever accessible tannins roll like marbles around the palate." - Winery
"The 45 hectares of Looville and 15 hectares of Langoa, planted in gravelly soil with a clay sub-soil, include large proportions of old vines in order to obtain the best possible quality. The grape varieties, 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc are the same on both properties as are the methods of vinification."
"The wines are typical of the Saint-Julien area, well balanced wines with subtle bouquets and flavours; the emphasis being on elegance and finesse rather than on power and extraction. This is achieved by picking the grapes at their maximum ripeness and allowing the fermentation to take place at a controlled temperature of 30/32 degrees C. Although excessive extraction is avoided by removing the juice from the skins at the appropriate time, the wines have a lovely deep colour, excellent structure and sufficient tannins to ensure good ageing potential."- Winery
100 - Wine Enthusiast
97 - James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
97 - Neal Martin - Wine Journal
96+ - Robert Parker - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
96 - Wine Spectator
|Varietal(s)||Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc|
|Taste||currant, blackberry, cherry, bell pepper, olive, asparagus, spice, ginger, oak, vanilla, black cherry, plum, smoke, toast, tar, tobacco, raspberry, cassis, violet, pepper and green bean|
|Nose||currant, blackberry, cherry, cedar, cigar box, violet, rose, truffle, earth, coffee, leather, tobacco, broccoli, berry and flower|