Château Léoville-Barton, Cru Classé St-Julien 2020
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Unashamedly classically-structured, quintessential claret Léoville-Barton is yet again in great form in 2020. One of the first Châteaux we tasted this year, it was dark-fruited, firmly structured with superb intensity and length – absolutely gorgeous and as usual it will need time to reach its maturity. It was so good in fact that it had even no-easily-impressed Jancis Robinson MW herself waxing lyrical!
"Lustrous purple. Minerally, stony, saline nose. Really remarkably opulent on palate entry which almost distracts from those massive tannins underneath. There's just a suggestion of vintage port tannins here (not the sweetness). Very fine winemaking indeed. I have to admit I was tempted to swallow this, it was so majestic. I don't remember being as bowled over by a Léoville Barton at this early stage before. Lovely, confident, persistent finish. Such grace! Drink 2030 – 2055"
18pts, Jancis Robinson , www.jancisrobinson.com
"Packed full of black chocolate shavings, liquorice, cocoa bean, concentrated cassis and bilberry fruits. Good quality, will bed down and age extremely well, with depth and character but also classicism. As with many in this corner of the Médoc peninsula in this vintage, the austerity to the tannins is very much to the fore right now. May be upscored when in bottle. Drinking Window 2029 - 2045"
94pts, Jane Anson , www.decanter.com
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