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Château Léoville Barton Saint-Julien

2009 / 750 ml.

RP93+SP95ST93+WE98

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Where it's produced

Country:
France
Region:
Bordeaux
District:
Medoc

What's in the Bottle

77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22.5% Merlot, .5% Cabernet Franc

Product Details

Type:
Red Wine
Brand:
Chateau Leoville Barton
Size:
750 ml.
Vintage:
2009
Item #:
68353
Case:
12 bottles
Status:
New

Chateau Leoville Barton Saint-Julien  2009 / 750 ml.

Ratings Key:

  • SP Wine Spectator
  • WE Wine Enthusiast
  • VN Vinous
  • RP Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
  • ST Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
  • OT Other Review Service
  • Gold Premier Gold - Best Value*
  • Plat Premier Platinum - Our Highest Recommendation
  • * as rated by our staff

Published Reviews

98
98 pts.: 2/1/2012

A major success of the vintage. The wine exhibits extreme richness of the fruit, with all its sweet blackberry flavors. It also has underlying firm structure, density and solid tannins. Bring in the acidity at the end, and this is both impressive and ready for long-term aging.

95
95 pts. : December 31, 2012

Leoville Barton has been in the Barton family since 1836, but under Anthony Barton, who took over from his uncle in 1983, the estate significantly improved quality. Though still actively involved, Barton recently passed ownership of the property to his daughter, Lillian Barton Sartorius. The property's technical team includes consultant Eric Boissenot and cellar master Francois Brehant , who ferment this Cabernet Sauvignon dominate blend in traditional wooded vats and age the wine for 18 months in oak barrels, of which 50 percent are new. 21,000 cases made.

95
95 pts.: Mar 31, 2012

This is powerful Cabernet, with gutsy weight, but also polished feel to the fresh plum, warm blackberry sauce, bittersweet ganache and roasted apple wood notes. Long and tarry through the finish, but still invigorating despite its heft. Needs some time to round fully into form. Best from 2017 through 2035. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.

93
93+ pts.: 29th Feb 2012

Head and shoulders above its stablemate, Langoa Barton, proprietor Anthony Barton’s 2009 Leoville Barton is another massive, excruciatingly rich, tannic, potentially long-aged wine. Meant for consumers with old fashioned tastes, it boasts a dense opaque purple color as well as a bouquet of licorice, forest floor, unsmoked cigar tobacco and a hint of earth. The wine reveals tremendous denseness and richness, a broad, savory mouthfeel and elevated tannins in the finish. However, there is a sweetness to the tannins and no trace of bitterness and astringency, always a sign of a top vintage as well as fully mature grapes. Still a monolithic baby, this 2009 should be forgotten for at least a decade, and consumed over the next 30–50 years.

93
93+? pts.: Jul/Aug 2012

Bright ruby-red. Red- and blackcurrant, licorice, chocolate mint and sexy oak tones on the nose. Dense, solidly built and youthfully backward, with strong acidity and a medicinal quality leavening the sweetness of this plush, seamless wine. Most impressive today on the very long finish, which features a firm spine of dusty tannins, hints of cedary oak and dark chocolate, and lovely lift. Should evolve positively over the next two decades.

: March 1, 2013

Though its reputation is less grand than that of the first-growth chateaus in the tasting, Leoville Barton turned out a terrific wine in 2009 — beautifully polished, with brilliantly clear flavors.