This muscular, highly-extracted, structured 2007 reveals a boatload of tannin (unusual for this vintage). The wine's dark ruby/purple color is followed by aromas of cassis, new saddle leather, and forest floor offered in a structured, backward, almost unapproachable format. Give it 2-3 years of cellaring, and if the tannins resolve themselves, it will merit a higher score. It should last for 12-20 years. Drink 2012-2032.
|Score: 89+||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (188), April 2010|
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|Score: 87/90||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (176), April 2008|
The 2007 Leoville-Barton is more vigorous and fruit-driven than the Langoa, with gorgeous dark berry fruit, wilted rose petals and orange blossom scents that really blossom in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with a sensual, quite rounded opening that belies the structure of this Leoville Barton, armed with black pepper and cedar towards the long finish. This is a Saint Julien that has always threatened to come good and at ten years of age, and it is beginning to take flight. A couple of cases of this in your cellar and you cannot go wrong. Drink 2017-2032.
|Score: 92||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (231), June 2017|
A blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc. This seems lighter on the nose than Langoa Barton, but it has greater delineation and lift with notes of blackberry, cedar, wild hedgerow and a touch of black plum. The palate is medium-bodied, well-balanced with ripe tannins. Very cohesive and harmonious with a great clarity and focus on the elegant finish. Very natural. Tasted April 2008
|Score: 90/91||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2008|
This has a wonderful nose for the vintage, with blackberry, currantand cigar box. Complex and full-bodied, with layers of ripe, polishedtannins and a very long finish. Juicy, yet refined and agile.Best after 2014.
|Score: 92||James Suckling, Wine Spectator Insider, January 2010|
Lovely core of blackberry and currant, with smoky oak and chocolate. Full and velvety. Delicious already
|Score: 88/91||James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, April 2008|
|Score: 16.5+||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, October 2009|
Rich and ripe with soft black cherry fruit but not much real concentration on the mid palate. Very drying finish. Quite firm but sandpaper dominates
|Score: 16.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2008|
Good ruby-red. Serious, sexy aromas and flavors of black cherry, dark chocolate and camphor. Fat, sweet and suave in the mouth, with enticing firming acidity giving shape to the wine. More stuffing here than shown by its stablemate Langoa today. Finishes minerally, spicy and persistent, with good spine and verve for the year. Very nicely balanced wine, and not at all over-extracted. While Barton expressed the opinion, shared by many of his colleagues in the Medoc, that the merlots "were dull and lacked vivacity," the sample he presented had no shortage of personality.
|Score: 88/90||Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, June 2008|
The fruit on the nose has attractive floral fragrances, red fruits adding freshness whilst the black are richer and sweeter. There is a lot of cassis in evidence on the palate, quite rich and fleshy but firm tannins take over and rather close down the finish. More fruit hides behind and will emerge with time
|Score: 87/91||Derek Smedley MW, April 2008|
Intense black-red, restrained but well-expressed concentration of fruit, a little spice and more going on than most other wines, good depth, personality and precision of fruit, good future. Drink 2014-25. 4 stars.
|Score: 17.5||Decanter Magazine, Decanter.com|