1989 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien

SKU #950734 92 points Wine Spectator

 A delicious, well-structured Bordeaux, with plenty of ripe fruit, beautiful berry, green tobacco and cherry character. Full-bodied, adding velvety tannins and a long, caressing finish.  (5/1999)


 Sophisticated, showing polished use of well integrated oak and minty blackcurrant fruit. Harmonious, well rounded palate with medium acidity, solid but ripe, svelte tannins and clean, mineral fruit.  (4/2001)

Jancis Robinson

 Mid ruby with a pale rim - very similar to the 1988. Rather monolithic on the nose. Lots of impact and mouthfeel even if not that much subtle development. A bit fossilised rather than developed but no-one would feel short changed by this. Tannins are not very ripe. But there is some silkiness. Polish.  (10/2011)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 There is big, spicy, cedary, sweet cherry and black currant fruit, along with some tobacco notes in the impressive aromatics. On the palate, the wine is more narrowly constructed, medium-bodied, with excellent richness on the attack but then some relatively dry, dusty tannins in the finish. (RP)  (1/2003)

K&L Notes

91+ points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "The bouquet does not quite have the vivacity, the chutzpah of the 1990 Barton, a little more introverted with notes of cigar box, earth, wet sand and chestnut. The palate is medium-bodied, quite elegant, refined and harmonious with a firm mid-palate. Cedar, sandalwood and dried herbs. Unlike the 1990, the 1989 has a crescendo of flavours towards the finish that demonstrates great structure and persistency. Austere, conservative but classy, there is a chance that the ’89 may outlast the ’90. Drink now-2025." (11/2009)

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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/11/2015 | Send Email
Perfect wine in 2015-i just drank 2 bottles-nboth perfect.
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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.