2011 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1090981 95-97 points Wine Enthusiast

 This wine is immensely dark, powered by black plum and a ripe, complex structure; its elements are already molding into place. Expect great things of this wine.  (4/ 2012)

92-93 points James Suckling

 Very floral with blueberry and blackberry on the nose. Mineral undertones. Full body, with chewy tannins and long intense finish. Serious structure and balance for the vintage.  (4/ 2012)

90-93 points Wine Spectator

 Focused blackberry, currant and cherry sauce flavors show notes of sweet tobacco and nicely roasted spice on the finish, with integrated grip.  (4/ 2012)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Leoville Barton's 2011 is head and shoulders above its sister offering, Langoa Barton. Although not as backward as I expected given the general style that emerges from Anthony Barton-s beloved St.-Julien estate, this wine will need time in the bottle once it is released in several years. An opaque purple color is followed by aromas of damp earth, underbrush, black currants, cedar and hints of vanillin and incense. Medium to full-bodied and moderately tannic with good acidity as well as excellent delineation and purity, it should be forgotten for 4-5 years, and drunk over the following two decades. (90-92+)  (4/ 2012)

K&L Notes

** One of the top wines of the vintage. Bravo! Big, dense and concentrated. Firm and sturdy structure. Black cherry flavors. An ager. Trey: Black currant fruit, cocoa powder and anise upfront. Dark and chewy, with good middle fruit and hints of menthol and minerals. The tannins are firm but in balance. Very good. 92-95 points. RS: Super sweet, serious layers of purple-red fruit and blackberry jam. Concentrated, with great power and firm but very good tannins. ** AP: Spicy chocolate with hints of tobacco and menthol notes. Scorched earth and dark blackberry fruit on the palate, with great balance, layers and elegance.

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By: Melissa Smith |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/7/2014  | Send Email
Tasted at UGC and at Fete- Slightly more focused than the Langoa. Big tannins, a lot of acidity, but slightly less than Langoa. At Fete, this was showing way better than at UGC, as always a very promising wine.

By: Ralph Sands |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/17/2012  | Send Email
Super sweet, serious layers of purple-red fruit and blackberry jam. Concentrated, with great power and firm but very good tannins. **

By: Trey Beffa |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/17/2012  | Send Email
Black currant fruit, cocoa powder and anise upfront. Dark and chewy, with good middle fruit and hints of menthol and minerals. The tannins are firm but in balance. Very good. 92-95 points.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/17/2012  | Send Email
One of the top wines of the vintage. Bravo! Big, dense and concentrated. Firm and sturdy structure. Black cherry flavors. An ager.

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

France

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Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Saint Julien

- St. Julien, the smallest of the four famous appellations of the Haut Medoc, is known for highly extracted, finely structured, Cabernet-based reds. It is nestled between Pauillac to the north and Margaux to the south. Like St. Estephe, there are no first growths in this area. Leoville-las-Cases, Leoville Poyferre, Leoville Barton, Ducru Beaucaillou, and Gruard Larose are the second-growths of St. Julien followed by Lagrange which is the only third-growth. Beychevelle, Branaire Ducru, St. Pierre, and Talbot, which are all fourth-growth wines, round out the grand cru classe chateaux. In the last several vintages, wineries from this appellation have been out-performing their traditional rankings making many of the wines from this region some of the best values in red wine today.