2009 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1055159 98 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark A major success of the vintage. The wine exhibits extreme richness of the fruit, with all its sweet blackberry flavors. It also has underlying firm structure, density and solid tannins. Bring in the acidity at the end, and this is both impressive and ready for long-term aging. (RV) *Cellar Selection, Wine Enthusiast Best of Year 2012* Inner quote mark (2/2012)

96 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Measured and confident tannic hold with subtle grilled oak notes, a ton of ripe cassis and blueberry fruits, liquorice and eucalyptus on the finish, and a mouthwatering, moreish construction overall. This is a powerful St Julien, but with clear and present finesse. 60% new oak. A standout wine from this property, and a wonderful showcase of the slow burning brilliance of St Julien. (JA) Inner quote mark (10/2020)

96 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark A super-classic St.-Julien that only has a hint of the opulence of the vintage. The beautiful cassis fruit and elegantly dry tannins push briskly through the long and graceful finish. Inner quote mark (3/2019)

95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2009 Léoville-Barton is one of the few Saint-Julien '09s to suggest just a smidgen of brettanomyces on the nose, although frankly it does not detract from its allure, with lovely meat juice and brown spice aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, juicy and slightly chewier than its peers, well judged acidity with ample density and rondeur towards the finish. It might benefit from another year in bottle but otherwise, this is just a wonderful, life-affirming and disarmingly charming Léoville-Barton. (NM) Inner quote mark (3/2019)

95 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark This is powerful Cabernet, with gutsy weight, but also polished feel to the fresh plum, warm blackberry sauce, bittersweet ganache and roasted apple wood notes. Long and tarry through the finish, but still invigorating despite its heft. Needs some time to round fully into form. (JM) *#6 on Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2012* Inner quote mark (3/2012)

94 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Medium to deep garnet colored, the 2009 Leoville Barton gives up expressive cherry cordial, warm cassis and blackberry tart scents with nuances of menthol, cigar box and fallen leaves. Medium-bodied and elegantly played with loads of freshness and soft tannins, it has a long, perfumed finish. (LPB) Inner quote mark (3/2019)

93 points Int'l Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Bright ruby-red. Red- and blackcurrant, licorice, chocolate mint and sexy oak tones on the nose. Dense, solidly built and youthfully backward, with strong acidity and a medicinal quality leavening the sweetness of this plush, seamless wine. Most impressive today on the very long finish, which features a firm spine of dusty tannins, hints of cedary oak and dark chocolate, and lovely lift. Should evolve positively over the next two decades. (ST) 93+ Inner quote mark (7/2012)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Something reminiscent of a schoolmaster about this wine – ink and pencil lead? Fresh and minerally and sleek with a hint of mint and very strong Cabernet Sauvignon personality. A fine wine by any measure. 17.5+/20 points (JR) Inner quote mark (2/2019)

K&L Notes

77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22.5% Merlot, 0.5% Cabernet Franc. "Deep, grapey, masculine wine. It was really good the second time we tasted it." (Ralph Sands, K&L Bordeaux buyer)

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By: Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/5/2012 | Send Email
Deep, grapey, masculine wine. It was really good the second time we tasted it.

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