Coal smoke and dark, stony minerals create a dramatic, moody aura here, around spicy red berries and black cherries. The palate has great energy and verve with cocoa-dusted,wild berries and an immaculate, fresh and sleek finish. Second wine of Léoville Barton. Try from 2023.
Deep ruby-purple in colour with a pure and driven nose of black and purple fruits layered with savoury cedar and hedgerow. The palate has the energy of the vintage and matches it with ripe, yet cool blackcurrant and dark cherry. There are flecks of spice building with the fruit through the mid palate. Chalky but yielding tannins are in keeping with the house style here but in a more approachable form. Long, lined with savoury tones and lipsmackingly moreish on the finish. A taste of the Barton pedigree in a more forward frame. Give it a 30 minute decant if approaching now - it will continue to develop for a decade. Excellent.
Tasted blind. Very dry and ambitious. Not very charming but there is a lot of (pretty dry) fruit packed in there.
Drink 2026 – 2038