1993 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. One of the biggest, richest, most impressive wines of the vintage, Leoville-Barton's 1993 reveals a saturated black/purple color, dense, foresty, rich, blackcurrant, and chocolatey aromas and flavors, excellent ripeness and depth, good glycerin, and hard tannin in the finish. This is a backward, exceptionally well-endowed 1993 that needs another 5-7 years of cellaring...
Léoville Barton continues to move up. Bright berry flavor and a lovely, silky tannin structure. Wonderful ripe fruit and long, delicious finish. Very well made.
The first time I went on an official K&L wine tasting trip was in 1994 to barrel sample the '93 Bordeaux. This 93 Leoville Barton was one of the highlights of my trip with Clyde. Fresh with bright currant fruit and vanilla oak, I hoped we could buy tons of this fabulous red. All of the youthful promise of this St. Julien has evolved into classic claret. It has aromas of cedar, tobacco and spice cake. The exuberant fruit of its youth has mellowed and softened for perfect drinking over the next few years. (Trey Beffa, K&L)