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2020 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1539554 97-99 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark The wine shows both elegance and great richness. It is a poised and ripe wine, full of impressive black fruits and generous tannins. The fine structure gives considerable potential for the long term. (RV) Inner quote mark (4/2021)

96-97 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark A full-bodied red that builds on the palate with lots of blackberry and blueberry character, as well as chocolate. Mineral and graphite undertones. Chewy, yet very integrated. Excellent, as expected. Inner quote mark (5/2021)

95-97 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Deep purple-almost blue-in color, the 2020 Château Léoville Barton offers up an exotic, vibrant, perfumed nose that carries loads of pure cassis fruit interwoven with violets, sappy green herbs, and floral aromatics. Rich, medium to full-bodied, and concentrated, this thick, chewy, powerful Saint-Julien has good acidity, building, firm, yet ripe tannins, and a great finish. My money is on this requiring 15 years to come anywhere close to maturity. It doesn’t get any more classic Barton than this. Inner quote mark (5/2021)

94-96 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2020 Léoville Barton was picked September 15–16 and matured in 70% new oak. It is one of the best vintages that I have encountered in barrel. Wow! This shoots from the glass with beautifully defined black fruit, mineral-rich aromas, pixelated with laser-like focus. The palate is medium-bodied with chiseled tannins, a perfect line of acidity, layers of vibrant, vivacious black fruit and a very persistent finish that is pure class. If you don’t have this in your cellar, then there will be a Léoville Barton–shaped hole to fill. (NM) Inner quote mark (5/2021)

93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2020 Léoville Barton reveals a deep purple-black color, springing from the glass with vivacious scents of crushed black cherries, cassis and black raspberries, plus hints of cinnamon toast, wild sage, red roses and sassafras. The medium to full-bodied palate is packed with muscular black fruits, framed by grainy tannins and loads of freshness, finishing long and perfumed. (LPB) Inner quote mark (5/2021)

94 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Packed full of black chocolate shavings, liquorice, cocoa bean, concentrated cassis and bilberry fruits. Good quality, will bed down and age extremely well, with depth and character but also classicism. As with many in this corner of the Médoc peninsula in this vintage, the austerity to the tannins is very much to the fore right now. May be upscored when in bottle. (JA) Inner quote mark (4/2021)

K&L Notes

95-98 points Ian d'Agata, Terroir Sense: "There can be no doubt that 2020 is an outstanding vintage for Château Léoville Barton. Inky-ruby. Brooding, massive wine that combines aromas and flavours of roasted plum, framboise, blackberry, minerals, espresso, and oak-derived spices. Big, full-bodied and extremely powerful, this displays great intensity and sappiness of fruit while managing to convey an air of refinement. Really chewy with a ton of extract, but with plenty of ripe underlying fruit that outdistances the firm, massive but noble tannins. Closes very long with a savory quality and boatloads of energy and focus." (06/2021)


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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/23/2021 | Send Email
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This wine was huge when tasted from 2 week old sample. Reserved in the nose, but opens with air. Red rose aromas and cassis flavors. Very well structured for the cellar.
Drink from 2025 to 2035

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