2003 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien

SKU #1024004 98 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Intense blackberry and cherry, with hints of currant. Toasted oak and sweet tobacco too. Roses and other flowers, such as lilacs. Full-bodied, with masses of tannins yet incredibly long and seductive. *Ranked #3 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2006, Collectible* (JS) Inner quote mark (3/2006)

96 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The 2003 Léoville-Barton was sensational on release, closed down slightly for 4-5 yeas, and is just now starting to emerge from its adolescence and is on the early side of its drink window. Possessing a saturated purple/ruby color as well as a sensational bouquet of crème de cassis, charcoal, lead pencil shavings and damp earth, it’s full-bodied, gorgeously concentrated, balanced and long. While from a freakishly hot vintage, it has terrific purity, as well as complexity. In short, it’s a blockbuster, yet classic wine from Anthony Barton that’s going to provide incredible amounts of pleasure over the coming 2-3 decades. Inner quote mark (12/2017)

96 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark A spectacular success, the opaque plum-colored 2003 Leoville Barton is still on the young side of its plateau of maturity. It exhibits a striking bouquet of forest floor and black currants as well as a full-bodied, exuberant, youthful style, an opaque plum/ruby color, a lot of complexity, and striking depth and richness. This is a profound, stunning effort from Anthony Barton and his team. Bravo! It should continue to provide immense pleasure for 20-30 years. (RP) Inner quote mark (8/2014)

95 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Somehow Barton has overcome the heat of the 2003 vintage and has come out with a new wine that is rich and elegant. There are generous tannins, ripe black currant fruits, balancing acidity, all in an ensemble that is so much more than the sum of its parts. (RV) Inner quote mark (5/2006)

94 points Jane Anson

Outer quote mark More proof that if you want a great 2003 right now, you should head to St Julien or Pauillac, where the exoticism of the vintage is held in check by savoury Cabernet notes and plenty of tannic grip. You'll find traces of black truffle, charcoal and crème de cassis exuberance, along with soft blackberry and damson fruits, incense, liqourice root and plenty of cigar box smoky notes. Hard to resist, in its drinking window but no rush to drink. In the Barton family since 1826. 70% new oak. Inner quote mark (6/2023)

93 points Int'l Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Good medium ruby. Explosive nose of black raspberry, coffee and leather. Hugely rich, dense and sweet, with deep flavors of currant, plum and chocolate complicated by underlying minerality. Wonderfully dense and full on the back end, with broad tannins and palate-staining length. Today, the 2005 comes off as dry by comparison. A standout of the vintage, and likely to be long-lived in the context of the year. (ST) Inner quote mark (5/2006)

Share |
Price: $199.99
Add To Waiting List

Real Time Inventory by location:

The item you have chosen is not in stock in our retail stores or within our main warehouse.

Product turnaround time varies by location of inventory and your chosen method of shipping/pickup. For a detailed explanation click here.

Related Items

Loading recommendations

Additional Information: