2010 Chateau Leoville Barton Saint Julien
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
currant, blackberry, cherry, cedar, cigar box, violet, rose, truffle, earth, coffee, leather, tobacco, broccoli, berry and flower
"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