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Chateau Leoville Barton 2005

$376.00 per bottle

  • $357.20 per 12 bottle case 5% DISCOUNT

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Wine Spectator ~ 96 Points

"Delivers 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.."

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2005 VINTAGE

94-96 What can you say about Anthony Barton? He has made yet another classic wine that will not be approachable for a decade, but will last 50 or more years. The inky/blue/purple-colored 2005 Leoville Barton offers up aromas of forest floor, cedar, spice box, black currants, and background oak as well as smoke. Boasting massive concentration, full body, and exceptional purity, but excruciatingly tannic and backward, this cuvee is meant for those with 19th century tastes, but also exhibits the purity and precision of modern winemaking. Patience is demanded with this beauty as it will take many years to approach any level of accessibility/maturity.
96 Delivers 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.
95 Again, this is showing a lot of extraction and unresolved new oak on the nose with cassis, blackcurrant, liquorice and a touch of fig. Very ripe supple black fruits, lush and generous, exotic almost with a lithe, toasty finish. Very seductive, but they a wall of tannins hits the back palate, then honeyed tones lingering on the aftertaste. Magnificent – I would love to contrast this against the 2003.
18 Very dark purplish crimson. Toastier and friendlier than the Langoa on the nose. Minerals again - like Langoa - and very sleek and polished. At this stage it is definitely less rustic and stodgy than the Langoa. The lusher fruit makes it much easier to taste. So ripe it could almost be enjoyed now. Extremely classic. Very fresh finish - a really refreshing wine.
97 Power 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.

 

Provenance - a cold European cellar.

Name Château Leoville Barton
Vintage 2005
Type Rouge/Red
Appellation Saint-Julien
Classification 2ème Cru Classé (Second Growth) 
Grape Varieties 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc
Format 750ml
Alcohol  13%
Vineyard 47 Hecatres
Average Age of Vines 30 Years
Production 22,000 Cases
Soil Gravel with a subsoil of clay
Winemaking After a hand picked harvest, fermentation takes place in temperature controlled wood vats for two to three weeks
Ageing 20 months in barrel of which 50% is new for each vintage
Serving Suggestions Best now through to 2050
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‘Leoville-Barton is a full, Cabernet Sauvignon wine of considerable depth and distinction. It is not as austere as Leoville-Las-Cases but more classic than Leoville-Poyferre.'
Clive Coates MW

‘This is a wonderfully consistent Chateau, particularly since the 1970's when stricter selection and improvements in vinification became evident.' David Peppercorn MW

‘One of the best buys among the super-seconds, this wine is, however, tannic and needs considerable time to fully express itself. While Leoville-Barton rarely attains the level of Leoville-Las-Cases, it is much less expensive.' Robert Parker

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