2009 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien

SKU #1114181 98 points Wine Enthusiast

 *#3 on Wine Enthusiast's Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2012* A major success of the vintage. The wine exhibits extreme richness of the fruit, with all its sweet blackberry flavors. It also has underlying firm structure, density and solid tannins. Bring in the acidity at the end, and this is both impressive and ready for long-term aging.  (2/ 2012)

96 points James Suckling

 Very floral, with fresh mushrooms and currants on the nose. Full body, with powerful tannins, yet polished and refined. Lovely length. Vibrant acidity. Well structured. Try after 2018.  (2/ 2012)

95 points Wine Spectator

 *#6 on Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2012* This is powerful Cabernet, with gutsy weight, but polished feel to the fresh plum, warm blackberry sauce, bittersweet ganache and roasted apple wood notes. Long and tarry through the finish, but still invigorating despite its heft. Will need some time to round fully into form. Best from 2017 through 2035. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.  (3/ 2012)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 ...proprietor Anthony Barton's 2009 Leoville Barton is another massive, excruciatingly rich, tannic, potentially long-aged wine. Meant for consumers with old fashioned tastes, it boasts a dense opaque purple color as well as a bouquet of licorice, forest floor, unsmoked cigar tobacco and a hint of earth. The wine reveals tremendous denseness and richness, a broad, savory mouthfeel and elevated tannins in the finish. However, there is a sweetness to the tannins and no trace of bitterness and astringency, always a sign of a top vintage as well as fully mature grapes. Still a monolithic baby, this 2009 should be forgotten for at least a decade, and consumed over the next 30-50 years. (93+ points)  (2/ 2012)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright ruby-red. Red- and blackcurrant, licorice, chocolate mint and sexy oak tones on the nose. Dense, solidly built and youthfully backward, with strong acidity and a medicinal quality leavening the sweetness of this plush, seamless wine. Most impressive today on the very long finish, which features a firm spine of dusty tannins, hints of cedary oak and dark chocolate, and lovely lift. Should evolve positively over the next two decades.  (7/ 2012)

Jancis Robinson

 Perfumed. Seductive. Dense and powerful. Very intense and ambitious indeed. Well-managed tannins. Glossy. Very dry at the moment. 18/20 points.  (1/ 2013)

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By: Melissa Smith |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/2/2013  | Send Email
It is no secret that I love the wines of Anthony Barton. Every year I look forward to his new release, and generally the Leoville and Langoa are neck and neck. In early 2012 this was stunning, now I'm going to tell you to keep your paws off of it until closer to 2020. This will age exceptionally well and will make a great investment if you are planning on storing for your own personal enjoyment.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/23/2013  | Send Email
77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22.5% Merlot, 0.5% Cabernet Franc. Probably the best I’ve tasted from Anthony and I have been tasting his wines since 1973. Tons of fruit masks the high tannin levels-will age for a very long time. 95 points!

By: Ralph Sands |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/13/2013  | Send Email
Deep, grapey, masculine wine. It was really good the second time we tasted it.

By: Nick Carpenter |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/25/2012  | Send Email
This is a dark brooding wine that takes some time to reveal it’s fruit. The cherry and blackberry flavors are slightly masked by light new wood flavors at the beginning, but the blackberry comes to the fore in the mid-palate along with a new spicy element that gradually leads to you back to the wood. The oak climbs back onto the palate, closing down the spicy fruit and finishing up with a burst of tannins. A superb wine that left me to pondering how much more this wine is going to expand with a few more years (decades?) of aging.

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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.
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France

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Bordeaux

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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.