Chateau Leoville Barton St. Julien 2005

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This 2nd Growth has had an amazing run in the 1980s, 1990s and in the first half of this decade. Parker calls the wines "a consecutive string of brilliantly successful wines." The vineyard 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 itself is made at Langoa Barton, since Leoville Barton does not have its own chateau.
Category Red Wine
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Appellation St. Julien
Brand Chateau Leoville Barton
  • we97

Wine EnthusiastPower and elegance merge effortlessly in this superb wine. Its pure black currant fruit is tightly coiled, supported by just the right amount of firm tannins. Great aging potential. A triumph.

Roger Voss, June 1, 2008
  • ws96

Wine SpectatorDelivers breathtaking aromas of blackberry, currant, licorice and flowers. Full-bodied, with a solid core of fruit and supersilky tannins. Dark chocolate, currant, berry and licorice follow through. This is racy and beautiful. Best after 2015.

James Suckling, March 31, 2008
  • wa94

Wine AdvocateAnother prodigious, but brutally tannic, offering from the affable Anthony Barton, the inky/blue/black-hued 2005 Leoville Barton exhibits a sensational perfume of charcoal, burning embers, underbrush, cedar, creme de cassis, and subtle toasty oak. Painfully concentrated (much like the 2000 was at the same stage), with full body, admirable purity, and several boatloads of muscular tannin, this St.-Julien is built for 50-60 years of cellaring. Its purity and precision are typical of today's winemaking, but Barton is certainly not making a wine for near-term gratification. This is another 2005 that will require enormous patience. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2065.

Robert Parker, April 2008