Chateau Leoville Barton Saint Julien 2000

Chateau Leoville Barton Saint Julien 2000

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96
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96
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This 2nd Growth vineyard in Saint-Julien is planted to 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc and the average age of the vines is over 30 years. The wine is made at Langoa Barton, its 'sister' chateau, and possesses a great reputation. Parker calls the wines 'a consecutive string of brilliantly successful wines in the 1980s, 1990s and in the first half of this decade.' Drink this 2000 from 2012-2040.
Category Red Wine
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Region France, Bordeaux, St. Julien
Brand Chateau Leoville Barton
  • we96

Wine EnthusiastRight from the early days of tasting in spring 2001, this was going to be one of the stars of the vintage. And a star it remains. There is big, ripe fruit, with solid, ageworthy tannins. It may not be as powerful as some of the blockbusters of the vintage, but it is certainly more opulent, less classical than Léoville-Barton can sometimes be.

Roger Voss, June 1, 2003
  • ws96

Wine SpectatorHello. Take textbook St.-Julien warmed fig, blueberry compote and blackberry reduction notes along with ample graphite, bramble and tobacco flavors, then dial it up a notch. This has terrific energy to offset the admirable depth and length, and hasn't even started a second phase yet. One of the stars of the vintage.--Blind 2000 Bordeaux retrospective (December 2015). Best from 2018 through 2033.

James Molesworth, 2016
  • wa95+

Wine AdvocateI found this to be one of the more backward wines of the 2000 vintage and gave it a window of maturity of 2015-2040 when I reviewed it in 2003. In my two recent tastings of it, I changed that window to 2018-2050, which probably says more than the following tasting note could say. This is a behemoth – dense, highly extracted, very tannic, broodingly backward, with a dense purple color and very little evolution since it was bottled 8 years ago. Wonderfully sweet cedar and fruitcake notes are intermixed with hints of creme de cassis, licorice, and earthy forest floor. It is full-bodied and tannic, with everything in place, but like so many wines that come from Leoville Barton, it makes a mockery of many modern-day consumers wanting a wine for immediate gratification. Those who bought it should continue to exercise patience and be proud to own a wonderful classic with five decades of longevity ahead of it.

Robert Parker, June 28, 2010
  • st94

International Wine CellarFull medium ruby. Knockout superripe nose combines black cherry, licorice and exotic spices. Compellingly sweet, lush and complete, with harmonious acids giving the wine lovely vinosity and extending the flavors. Finishes with lush, dusty tannins and superb persistence. A great vintage for Leoville-Barton. 94 points

Stephen Tanzer, March 2003

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