Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2018 Léoville Barton simply sings of crushed black cherries, blackcurrant cordial and wild blueberries with touches of violets, dark chocolate, allspice and cardamom with a waft of stewed tea. Full-bodied, rich and decadently fruited in the mouth, the generous fruit has a solid structure of firm, ripe, grainy tannins and oodles of freshness, finishing long and layered.
|Score: 94/96||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (April 2019), April 2019|
This is very structured and powerful with lots of blueberry and blackcurrant character. Full-bodied and muscular with so much intensity and density. Extremely muscular. Yet, it’s agile.
|Score: 95/96||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2019|
The 2018 Léoville-Barton is fabulous. Graphite, gravel, crème de cassis, mint, violet, spice and exotic spices are some of the many notes that infuse this stunningly beautiful unctuous Saint-Julien. In 2018 Léoville-Barton has an extra dimension of volume and resonance, yet it never loses its super-classic mid-weight structure and regal bearing. The blend is 82% Cabernet Sauvignon and 18% Merlot.
|Score: 93/96||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, May 2019|
82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot. 60% new oak. Barrel sample.
Black core, purple rim. Sweet intense nose of elderberry and small, wild berries. Extremely wholesome, dense, firm but with lots of fruit at the core. Oak well in check and the tannins finer than many, dry and layered but harmonious. For the long term. Dry and almost chalky on the finish. (JH) 14.03%
|Score: 17||Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2019|
Deep in colour, with a dense and brooding nose of incense, truffles and ripe blackcurrant. The palate is concentrated and intense, both in the powerful black fruit at the core and the polished but chalky, chewy tannic structure. Layers of cedar, vanilla and toast add to the complexity, bringing sweet and savoury and integrating into the fruit. The finish is pure and enduring, with all parts in perfect harmony. One to lay down, but this will greatly reward patience.
|Score: 17.5||Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, April 2019|
I loved the 2018 Léoville-Barton. It’s a classic, structured, backward wine based on 82% Cabernet Sauvignon and 18% Merlot that’s still resting in 60% new French oak. While never the most showy or opulent, this team always fashions a fresh, focused, incredibly age-worthy wine, and the 2018 follows suit, revealing a vivid purple color, notes of crème de cassis, crushed violets, salty minerality, and lead pencil shaving-like aromas and flavors. Medium to full-bodied, concentrated, and incredibly elegant on the palate, it has building tannins, flawless balance, and integrated acidity, all making for a wine that’s going to demand upwards of a decade of bottle age yet keep for 40 years or more. The tannin quality here is exceptional and this is a wine you won’t regret having in the cellar.
|Score: 95/97+||Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, May 2019|
A stunner, showing a great degree of purity, with long flavors of cassis, plum and blackberry preserves, seamlessly integrated with the graphite structure. A very vivid, defined, precise wine.
|Score: 96/99||James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, March 2019|
(82 Cabernet Sauvignon, 18 Merlot) | 60% new oak | 14.03% alc By contrast to the restrained and gentlemanly Langoa this is a flamboyant and expressive wine with a wide span of flavours including bitter cherry and cranberry notes among the deeper, darker tones. Superbly long and with great energy and loveliness this will be a long-lived style which will open incrementally as opposed to firing on all cylinders from the off.
|Score: 18+||Matthew Jukes, MatthewJukes.com, April 2019|