Chateau Leoville Barton 2003 Grand Cru Classe Bordeaux France

Chateau Leoville Barton 2003 Grand Cru Classe Bordeaux France

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"96/100 - Robert Parker The Wine Advocate

95/100 - Jeff Leve, The Wine Cellar Insider

94/100 - Falstaff Magazin

93/100 - Jamie Goode

92/100 - Jean-Marc Quarin

93/100 - Stephen Tanzer

19/20 - Gault & Millau

19/20 - La Revue du Vin de France

98/100 - Wine Spectator

95/100 - Wine Enthusiast

17.5/20 - Winedoctor

17.5/20 - Vinum Wine Magazine

18.5/20 - Bettane et Desseauve

2 Stars - Le Guide Hachette des Vins

Winedoctor - "" A very dark and almost opaque hue when decanted, and this is true in the glass too, with a dark cherry character. A fine nose, quite expressive, with a chalky perfume to the fruits which have a broad, black style. What is more enticing is the lifted, defined, soft-stone purity it also displays; it seems here the vintage manifests not through roasted exuberance, but in ripe yet still well-framed fruit. There is a little dark sweetness to it though. As expected the texture on the palate is rather fleshy, although it certainly isn't fat or blowsy, the initial weight at the very front of the wine lifting a little through the midpalate to reveal a more stony edge with a well-buried seam of spicy tannins as well. And the acidity has a soft but appropriate, balanced texture which sits well with the rather dry (not sweet or pillowy-soft as the vintage might suggest) substance. Towards the end it shows a more awkward, youthful character, as the structure starts to dominate a little, and the finish is also spiky and tannic (but in a good way). Certainly fine potential here. And definitely no rush to drink here."" Château Léoville Barton is a vineyard in the Saint-Julien region of Bordeaux, ranked a second growth in the 1855 Classification. Quality has soared since the 1980s, and it is now considered as one of the most exciting wines in Bordeaux, gaining regular praise for its reasonable pricing. Léoville Barton is Cabernet Sauvignon-predominant winery. Saint-Julien is a small but important red wine appellation of the Haut-Médoc district on the Left Bank of Bordeaux in south-western France. Its reputation is based on its status as a reliable source of consistently elegant, age-worthy wines. Saint-Julien is home to 11 classed growths, which generate three-quarters of the appellation's output. Five of these are highly rated second growths: Châteaux Léoville-Las Cases, Léoville Poyferré, Léoville Barton, Gruaud-Larose and Ducru-Beaucaillou. The first three were once a single estate, which would have been extremely large for its time. The third growths are Langoa-Barton and Lagrange; the fourth growths are Châteaux Beychevelle, Branaire-Ducru, Talbot and Saint-Pierre. All but the latter property are likely to be familiar to most collectors; Château Saint-Pierre is relatively small with 17 hectares (42 acres) of vineyard which supply a wine made at the unclassified Château Gloria. A Bordeaux Blend is any combination of those grape varieties typically used to make the red wines of Bordeaux. Red Bordeaux Blends are known for their powerful structure and deep flavors. Dark fruits and berries such as plum and blackcurrant are commonly used to describe the flavors of red Bordeaux, although there is an unlimited range of terms that have been ascribed to them. Tannins tend to be relatively high in these wines, giving them a firm structure. "