Château Léoville-Barton Mature Vintage Selection
‘Super Second’ Château Léoville-Barton is an estate whose finesse, craftsmanship and pedigree provide premier-cru-classé prestige to any collection fortunate to own even one vintage – let alone six. In our limited edition, half-a-dozen individual, fully matured vintages you’d otherwise get hold of only by investing in full, sealed wooden cases at a time.
With today’s offer, you avoid the obligation. Instead, you can now savour the full complexities of twenty-nine years of maturation in the 1994 vintage which begins your journey through 14 more years of world-class Saint-Julien winemaking: 1998, 1999, 2004, 2006 and 2008 – all drinking beautifully. And all providing a sublime drinking pleasure and unique insight into the style and pedigree of this exemplary producer.
Case contents and notes from The Wine Advocate:
1994 Château Léoville-Barton, Cru Classé Saint-Julien
"It is no secret that Anthony Barton's efforts over the last decade at his St.-Julien estate, Leoville-Barton, is resulting in terrific wines at still reasonable prices. This estate has been extremely successful in recent vintages. An impressive, serious, classic Bordeaux for collectors who are willing to forget about it for at least a decade, this well-endowed offering is a 30-year wine. The dense, murky, purple color, closed aromatics, massive flavor richness, and high tannin recall the old, non-compromised, beefy, blockbuster Medocs produced thirty years ago. However, this wine possesses sweeter tannin, and was made under far more sanitary conditions. It is a classic, but patience is definitely required. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2030."
1998 Château Léoville-Barton, Cru Classé Saint-Julien
"This opaque purple-colored, muscular, full-bodied, classically made St.-Julien displays impressive concentration, chewy, highly-extracted flavors of black fruits, iron, earth, and spicy wood, and a powerful mouth-feel. A pure, uncompromising, traditionally-styled wine, it is to be admired for its authenticity, class, and quality. Readers seeking classic, muscular, extremely long-lived Bordeaux should always keep this outstanding classified growth in mind. It continues to sell for a price well below its intrinsic value. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2035."
1999 Château Léoville-Barton, Cru Classé Saint-Julien
"Tasted at the 1999 horizontal at Bordeaux Index. The Leoville-Barton 99 has a well-defined nose, more restrained and extrovert than the Langoa, with notes of blackberry, wild hedgerow/woodland, Chinese tea and a dash of white pepper. Very good definition. The palate is medium-bodied, sturdy tannins, a little pepper again on the entry with very good structure on the mid-palate. Quite foursquare and correct with an edgy, off-dry, very Saint Julien finish. Very fine very...English!"
2004 Château Léoville-Barton, Cru Classé Saint-Julien
"This is an impressively endowed vin de garde that should age effortlessly for 20-30 years. How Anthony Barton continues to fashion uncompromisingly primordial Bordeaux that are always among the biggest and densest of all the St.-Juliens is beyond me, but he does it year in and year out. Moreover, when its time to set the price, he appears to have the consumer foremost in his mind. The 2004 is a classic Leoville-Barton meant for long aging. Concentrated, with loads of smoke, creme de cassis, forest floor, and earthy notes emerge from this impressive, but oh, so backward wine. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030+."
2006 Château Léoville-Barton, Cru Classé Saint-Julien
"Tasted at Bordeaux Index's annual 10-Year On tasting in London. The 2006 Château Léoville-Barton has a surprisingly rich and opulent bouquet at first, although it calms down with aeration, offering crushed violet and black cherry scents, reminiscent of a fine Margaux. The palate is medium-bodied with a gentle grip in the mouth. Here the class begins to appear with fine balance and poise, but like the Langoa, it lacquers the mouth with tannins and feels very backward, surprising given the vintage. Drink 2025 - 2045."
2008 Château Léoville-Barton, Cru Classé Saint-Julien
"Typically extracted and powerful (which is atypical in a vintage such as 2008), this offering may lack charm, but it is locked and loaded with plenty of background oak, huge black cherry and black currant fruit, medium to full body and a boatload of tannin. Forget it for 8-10 years and drink it over the following three decades. Drink 2019 - 2049."