2014 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1201282 95 points Wine Enthusiast

 *** Cellar Selection *** This wine, with its massive tannins and rich fruit, is obviously set for a long life. It does have the contrast of fresh black-currant acidity to give it a lift. But with the power behind it, the wine will develop slowly. (RV)  (2/2017)

94 points James Suckling

 Very aromatic with cherries and blackberries. Hints of flowers. Full body, lightly chewy yet ultra-fine tannins and a fresh finish. Tangy and delicious. Racy.  (2/2017)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Leoville Barton is one of the must-buys of the vintage. Now in bottle, it has a very pure bouquet that gains intensity in the glass, laden with blackberry and raspberry coulis scents, cold wet stone, a wonderful mineralité that becomes more conspicuous with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with tensile tannin, a fine line of acidity that lends this precision and nervosité. There is class and sophistication in situ, not a powerful Léoville Barton, but beautifully poised. This is just a brilliant forerunner to the 2015 and it should represent great value. (NM)  (3/2017)

94 points Wine Spectator

 This has a solid core of cassis, blueberry confiture and plum sauce flavors, wrapped with warm ganache and licorice snap notes, kept honest by graphite rivets along the finish. This has lots of muscle, but stays lean and long. (JM)  (3/2017)

93 points Vinous

 The 2014 Léoville-Barton shows remarkable freshness and overall vivacity. Succulent black cherry, plum, violet and blood orange create a distinctive combination of dark fruit and brisk, pulsating acidity. Today, the 2014 comes across as very tight and closed, which is probably good thing for the future. Readers should plan on cellaring the 2014 for at least a few years. (AG)  (2/2017)

Jancis Robinson

 Deep cherry red. Smells a little riper than the Langoa and with a fine peppery spice. A hint of oak's sweetness but the fruit sings. Tannins are firm and dense but fully ripe and rounded. Beautifully balanced. 17.5/20 Points (JH)  (10/2016)

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By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/13/2017 | Send Email
On of my faves from our Staff Tasting of the 9th of May. Granted, I am a fan of Leoville Barton for its quality and value, but, this 2014 is just great! A wonderful nose that is taut with minerality and dark, red fruits. Blackberries and red plums on the palate with firm but, not too intense tannin underneath. Though delicious now, it will also be a great one to put in the cellar. All this for under $70.00!

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/15/2017 | Send Email
The deep purple fruit of blueberry and blackberries is very zesty and bright, and features racy acidity. Firm, more rounded tannins than in many of the great Barton vintages, with just the right amount of extraction. One of the best-selling ’14s at K&L.

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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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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.