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
James Suckling 96-97
A full-bodied red that builds on the palate with lots of blackberry and blueberry character, as well as chocolate. Mineral and graphite undertones. Chewy, yet very integrated. Excellent, as expected
A very savoury firmly structured Leoville Barton, everything is there, held tightly right now. The fruit concentration is there, though right now, it is the structure taking the lead in this wine. This is a regal Leoville, with precision and a beautiful stony minerality to it.