1994 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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. (RP)
*Spectator Selection* A mouthful for the vintage, with its lovely berry, chocolate and tobacco aromas and flavors, medium to full body and chewy tannins. Fresh finish.
Praise from Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "A strong performance from Anthony Barton’s wine, this bottle better than previous ones. It retains that lovely tertiary, cedar and raspberry leaf bouquet and there is still that slight barnyard tincture. But compared to Ducru, it shows decent delineation. The palate is medium-bodied and more savory than previous bottles. The acidity is still a little sharp but the hardness has mellowed nicely with a touch of tart cherry towards the abrupt crisp finish. This is fine for the vintage. Drink now-2019+ Tasted November 2011."