1990 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Believe it or not, the 1990 Leoville Barton can actually be drunk - something that cannot be said about the broodingly backward, still excruciatingly tannic 1982. The exceptionally concentrated 1990 reveals more polished, sweeter tannins along with a big, sweet kiss of black currant, forest floor, cedar, and spice box notes. While it still has some tannins to shed, this full-bodied, powerful, long wine is approachable. It should continue to evolve for another two decades.
Dark ruby color with a red edge. Subtle aromas of black cherry and plum, with hints of mineral and smoke. Full-bodied, with a compacted fruit structure, firm tannins and a long finish. As outstanding as it should be.
3-4 stars Michael Broadbent: "...deep but mature looking; sweet, classic nose evolving richly; equally sweet on the palate, complete, its richness masking the tannins. Drink 2008-2020." (10/2001)