Ratings & Tasting Notes:
97 points Decanter
Anthony Barton had been running Léoville Barton for three years at this point, but in 1986 – the year that his uncle Ronald died (after a tenure that had begun back in 1924) – it passed fully into his ownership. Huge tannins are still evident in this wine. It was pretty backward and unforgiving for many years but it showed incredibly well during this tasting and is definitely ready to be enjoyed. It displays tons of liquorice and blackcurrant, exotic spice notes and a swagger through the finish. (JA) (5/2019)
94 points Wine Advocate
Tasted with Anthony Barton at the Saint Julien restaurant, this behemoth of a wine is definitely starting to pump on cylinders. As before, it needs considerable decanting, but it unfurls beautifully in the glass to reveal blackberry, dark plums, a touch of sandalwood and warm gravel. Coming direct from the property, there is a touch more fruit compared to other bottles. The palate is medium-bodied with great depth and breadth: less masculine than before, mellowing nicely with layers of lifted blackberry, plum, wild strawberry and cedar that leads to an extraordinarily long finish. There is a sense of harmony and composure to this wine that makes it utterly beguiling. Top class. Tasted November 2011. (NM) (3/2012)
Stored on its side in a climate controlled cellar since purchase.
Upper shoulder fill level. Discounted!
Please note: The bottle shown is the exact bottle being sold. Photographs have been taken from different angles in order to exhibit the exact item condition.