1997 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The elegant, spice box, cedary, oaky, red and black currant-scented and flavored 1997 Leoville Barton reveals surprising softness, medium body, low acidity, and ripe tannin. Drink it over the next decade. I would not be surprised to see it improve in the bottle...
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good red-ruby. Currant, plum and smoky oak on the nose. Fat, suave and smooth; not a powerful style but offers lovely depth of flavor. Finishes with rather smooth tannins and good length.
Good berry, mineral character, with a hint of chocolate. Medium-bodied, with fine tannins and a fresh finish.
Another superb wine turned out by the immensely popular Anthony Barton and team. This is a delicious Bordeaux, ready to drink now but capable of aging as well.