2009 Leoville Barton



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£789.00
£68.00
£68.00 DP

Average critic rating : 94.17 points

93

93

Head and shoulders above its stablemate, Langoa Barton, proprietor Anthony Barton’s 2009 Leoville Barton is another massive, excruciatingly rich, tannic, potentially long-aged wine. Meant for consumers with old fashioned tastes, it boasts a dense opaque purple color as well as a bouquet of licorice, forest floor, unsmoked cigar tobacco and a hint of earth. The wine reveals tremendous denseness and richness, a broad, savory mouthfeel and elevated tannins in the finish. However, there is a sweetness to the tannins and no trace of bitterness and astringency, always a sign of a top vintage as well as fully mature grapes. Still a monolithic baby, this 2009 should be forgotten for at least a decade, and consumed over the next 30-50 years. - Robert Parker, Wine Advocate February 2012

91-93

91-93

Tasted at the château and the UGC. A blend of 22.5% Merlot, 77% Cabernet Sauvignon and 0.5% Cabernet Franc, delivering 13.1% alcohol. 84IPT. A dark garnet/purple colour. The nose is very well defined, taut at first but unwinding with aeration, crisp blackberry leaf, boysenberry, a touch of iodine and subtle hints of shellfish. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannins, a sense of tautness here, like a coiled spring, silky smooth, surfeit with freshness, very poised on the sorbet-like, almost Burgundian finish with that sense of transparency that allows the terroir to show through. Superb. Tasted March 2010

96

96

Very floral, with fresh mushrooms and currants on the nose. Full body, with powerful tannins, yet polished and refined. Lovely length. Vibrant acidity. Well structured. Try after 2018. James Suckling, jamessuckling.com

92-95

92-95

Licorice, berry, grape and currant on the nose turns to crushed fruit. Full-bodied, with very fine tannins, pretty fruit, currant and mineral. A balanced and pretty wine. Not quite the intensity and blockbuster style of the 2005, but excellent

17.5

17.5

Very dark crimson. So much more concentrated looking than the Langoa. Great energy and excitement here. It has smoothed out a bit and opened up. Mineral juice. No compromises. Nothing remotely sweet about this. Really much more convincing than it was en primeur. Jancis Robinson, jancisrobinson.com

19

19

Dense purple red, finely concentrated blackcurrant Cabernet nose with many layers of complexity, shows freshness above the controlled intensity of pure vineyard fruit, still shut in but a very great expression to come. Drink 2017-40



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The Léoville and Langoa vineyards, both owned by the Barton family since 1826 are in the French appellation of St Julien, just outside Bordeaux. Léoville stretches across 50 hectares, planted with 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc. The Léoville Barton wines exhibit typical characteristics of the appellation: elegance and balance, showing delicate flavours.



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