2011 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival)
This wine is immensely dark, powered by black plum and a ripe, complex structure; its elements are already molding into place. Expect great things of this wine.
Very floral with blueberry and blackberry on the nose. Mineral undertones. Full body, with chewy tannins and long intense finish. Serious structure and balance for the vintage.
Focused blackberry, currant and cherry sauce flavors show notes of sweet tobacco and nicely roasted spice on the finish, with integrated grip.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Leoville Barton's 2011 is head and shoulders above its sister offering, Langoa Barton. Although not as backward as I expected given the general style that emerges from Anthony Barton-s beloved St.-Julien estate, this wine will need time in the bottle once it is released in several years. An opaque purple color is followed by aromas of damp earth, underbrush, black currants, cedar and hints of vanillin and incense. Medium to full-bodied and moderately tannic with good acidity as well as excellent delineation and purity, it should be forgotten for 4-5 years, and drunk over the following two decades. (90-92+)
** One of the top wines of the vintage. Bravo! Big, dense and concentrated. Firm and sturdy structure. Black cherry flavors. An ager. Trey: Black currant fruit, cocoa powder and anise upfront. Dark and chewy, with good middle fruit and hints of menthol and minerals. The tannins are firm but in balance. Very good. 92-95 points. RS: Super sweet, serious layers of purple-red fruit and blackberry jam. Concentrated, with great power and firm but very good tannins. ** AP: Spicy chocolate with hints of tobacco and menthol notes. Scorched earth and dark blackberry fruit on the palate, with great balance, layers and elegance.