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Now In-Stock - 2015 Leoville Barton Snags a New, Huge 97-Point Score - 12/25/2017 - Red Bordeaux

Earlier this month Jeb Dunnuck released his in-bottle scores for the 2015 Bordeaux vintage. Across the board he loved the wines, but one true standout was the monumental effort from Léoville-Barton. Stating it “has everything you could want from a Left Bank Bordeaux,” clearly Dunnuck thinks there’s something very special about this bottle. This enthusiasm is echoed by Wine Advocate’s Neal Martin, as he proclaimed in his glowing review: “This is just an outstanding, classic, drop-dead gorgeous Léoville Barton that is destined to give immense pleasure over the coming years.” Having enjoyed the wine ourselves, we think they are definitely onto something. Loaded with power, density, and layer upon of dark fruits, mineral, and exotic spice, it is a classic rendition that over-delivers on every level. Simply put, this is First Growth quality, but at a mere fraction of the price. With other great vintages of Leoville Barton hovering in the $150 range, this might be the last time we see a top release from the treasured chateau at under $80. Bordeaux collectors will want to pick-up this in-stock blockbuster effort by the case, as it has the stuffing to reward for decades to come.

2015 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival) ($77.99)

97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "I absolutely loved the 2015 Léoville-Barton and this has everything you could want from a Left Bank Bordeaux. Cassis, smoked earth, graphite, tobacco leaf, and thrilling amounts of minerality all emerge from this inky colored, full-bodied, power-packed, brut of a Saint-Julien that holds everything together and stays pure, balanced and elegant on the palate. It has a lot of tannins, yet more than enough fruit. The 2015 is a blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Merlot, brought up in 60% new French oak, and it needs 7-8 years of bottle age and will shine for 2-3 decades. Bravo!" (12/2017)

96 points James Suckling: "This is a very focused Barton with ultra-fine tannins that are so polished and chalky. It drives through the center palate with currant and berry character. Full-bodied, polished and straightforward with driving tannin. Love the texture. Class. Yes. Drink in 2021." (02/2018)

96 points Vinous: "A dense, powerful wine, the 2015 Léoville-Barton is going to need quite a bit of time to come together, as it is massively tannic and structured at this stage. (AG)" (02/2018)

94-96 points Wine Enthusiast: "While the spicy wood is prominent at this stage, the wine also has weight. As the black currant fruits come through slowly, the wine shows a rich potential. The texture is dense and firm. (RV)" (04/2016)

95 points Wine Spectator: "This delivers some serious wow, dripping with warm fig, blackberry and boysenberry reduction notes, along with melted black licorice and fruitcake flavors. Shows ample grip but remains beautifully polished, letting the fruit sail on. Don't worry though, as long echoes of roasted apple wood and tar signal that this is built for the long haul. Best from 2025 through 2042. (JM)" (03/2018)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Leoville Barton offers up notions of warm red currants, black raspberries and dark chocolate with wafts of cigar box, violets and bay leaves. Elegant, medium-bodied and sporting great freshness, the taut, tightly wound palate of intense red fruits and floral accents is well-framed with firm, grainy tannins, finishing on a lingering mineral note. (LPB)" (02/2018)

94 points Decanter: "One of the deepest, richest and darkest of the St-Juliens in 2015, showing a lick of tar and a crack of cassis. Confident and settling in for the long haul, a salty minerality kicks in on the finish to give a mouthwatering quality. 60% new oak barrels. Eric Boissenot consults. (JA)" (11/2017)

Jancis Robinson: "Deep crimson. Fresh and zesty. Much more lifted than its Langoa stablemate. Really rather glorious actually. Very fresh but with slaty undertow. Now this is a 'mineral' wine! 18/20" (10/2017)

K&L Notes: 94 points Neal Martin: "The 2015 Leoville Barton is less expressive than the Langoa Barton at the moment, although there is more complexity locked up here. Black fruit, briary, crushed stone and a touch of violet all vie for attention. The palate is fresh and vibrant, nicely structured albeit without the depth and volume that I think the 2016 will bring. I would prefer a touch more persistence but otherwise this is a finely made, stylish Leoville Barton (as usual). Anticipated maturity: 2021 - 2045." (2/2018)

Staff ImageRalph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 20, 2016

Leoville Barton- 86% Cabernet 14M Very strong and linear Cabernet fruit for Leoville Barton on display here. Good freshness and purity and feels like lower alcohol. Good wine and an elegant Leoville Barton. 2 Stars

Staff ImagePhilip Bohorfoush | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 19, 2016

**Dont Miss** Classic, firm and intense with brooding dark fruits, brambly blackberry, coffee, and scorched earth. Excellent depth and old vine clarity. Solid.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 19, 2016

This wine is always good and this year it is a big, rich, powerful Cabernet dominated wine. Creamy, red currant aromas and jammy black currant and licorice flavors. Lush on the palate with plenty of tannins at the back end. Like the huge 2010, this one needs time. Great value always and about 1/2 the price of their 2009. Production down here so the wine is highly allocated in Bordeaux. We will run out so act quickly.