1993 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien

SKU #110137 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...  (2/ 1997)

Wine Spectator

 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.  (1/ 1996)

K&L Notes

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)

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By: Melissa Smith |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/10/2011  | Send Email
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Recently tasted this wines is still powerful and expressive while remaining elegant and nuanced. An absolute steal for a wine that could still easily last another decade more, but is drinking very well now.

By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/22/2011  | Send Email
I have opened this wine twice in the last two weeks both for the staff and for an in-store tasting. The nose showed mint, herb and spice. The beautiful mouth feel of cassis, mint, spice and cedar continues through the long finish which was dominated by cassis and mineral.

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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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Sub-Region:

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.