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2001 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien

SKU #1011010 96 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark A wonderfully firm, concentrated wine that walks a fine, balanced line between richness and poised structure. It is classic in the best sense, showing all the shape of a fine Bordeaux, while adding the extra dimension of the freshest of black fruits, complexity from a few hints of wood, and a dark, brooding, long-lasting aftertaste. *Editors' Choice* (RV) Inner quote mark (12/2007)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Civilized and approachable for a young Leoville-Barton, it exhibits a saturated plum/purple color along with classic Bordelais aromas of damp earth, creme de cassis, smoke, vanillin, and tobacco. Medium to full-bodied and rich, with high but well-integrated tannin, and a long, 40+ second finish, it should turn out to be a brilliant effort, and one of the stars of the Medoc. However, patience is essential. (RP) Inner quote mark (6/2004)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Gorgeous aromas of crushed blackberries and flowers. Medium- to full-bodied, with well-knit tannins and a silky, caressing palate. Long. This is a wonderful wine. Lots of finesse. (JS) Inner quote mark (3/2004)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Good medium ruby-red. Sweet, pure nose dominated by black cherry and spices. Juicy and fine-grained, with a lovely restrained sweetness and nicely integrated acidity. A hint of pepper lifts the wine's fruit without introducing intrusive greenness. Stylish, firm claret with good extract and a firm, lingering finish. (ST) Inner quote mark (5/2004)

K&L Notes

Are you kidding? This is a great value from Bordeaux--or anywhere in the red wine world. 70% Cab Sauv, 20% Merlot, 10% Cab Franc. Very focused wine, tons of fruit. Big and powerful wine. Super pure and classic style. As usual, it is one of the best wines in Bordeaux and one of the best values in the world. And 94 points, Neil Martin's Wine Journal: "A very ripe blackberry and blueberry nose that is lacking some definition. Just a little muffled. The palate is full-bodied, sinewy, good grip with toasty tannins. Blackberry, cedar, mint, tobacco with a very fine tannic off-dry finish. Very correct, good breeding, surfeit finesse on the finish." (05/2008)


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