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Chris KISSACK, THE WINEDOCTOR…
Château Léoville-Barton has over the years appealed to many, including myself, not only on the grounds of quality but also on the grounds of value. Anthony Barton was the claret drinker's dream proprietor, turning out fabulous wines which were sold at fair prices. In great vintages, such as 2000, Château Léoville-Barton would often have a prix de sortie perhaps half the price of comparable wines from other highly regarded second growth estates. This practice was wholly admirable, and I applaud Anthony Barton for maintaining his philosophy of wine as a drink rather than a trading and investment vehicle.
Château Léoville-Barton (St Julien) 2009: This is a two steps ahead of Langoa-Barton for sure, the nose confident and expressive, but with a dark and savoury character beneath the bright fruit tinged with notes of black bean. A very impressive and complex beginning. On the palate it is so composed and yet it is also full of texture and fruit, but not overdone, with finesse in terms of the texture but with great substance and savoury depth within. A very complete wine, elegant, and yet there is so much packed in here. Superb. From a 2009 Bordeaux tasting at four years of age. 19/20 (November 2013)
And from the WINE ENTHUSIAST…
Château Léoville Barton 2009 Saint-Julien
98 POINTS Cellar Selection
A major success of the vintage. The wine exhibits extreme richness of the fruit, with all its sweet blackberry flavours. It also has underlying firm structure, density and solid tannins. Bring in the acidity at the end, and this is both impressive and ready for long-term aging.