1989 Léoville Barton, St-Julien

SKU #950734 92 points Decanter

 A lovely, classic example of a fully mature St-Julien, replete with ripe berry fruits and tannins that whisper rather than shout. You’re pulling up a chair right by the fireside here, where the embers are still warm. Coffee, cedar and sandalwood take the lead over brambly black fruits. This is lovely, but unquestionably fully evolved and open. (JA)  (10/2018)

92 points Wine Spectator

 A delicious, well-structured Bordeaux, with plenty of ripe fruit, beautiful berry, green tobacco and cherry character. Full-bodied, adding velvety tannins and a long, caressing finish. (JS)  (5/1999)

91 points Vinous

 The bottle of 1989 Léoville-Barton is probably the best I have encountered over the years; indeed, it is better than a bottle opened by Lilian Barton-Sartorius when I visited the property a few weeks earlier. It has a comely old-school claret bouquet of red fruit infused with cedar and loamy scents, and maybe some dustiness, but I have come to expect that in older vintages of this Saint-Julien. The palate is medium-bodied, pure and elegant, with svelte tannin and moderate acidity and a surprisingly sweet, almost precocious finish thanks to that year’s hot summer. It has softened in recent years and yet there is still good backbone and grip to this wine. Just enjoy. Tasted at the 1989 Bordeaux dinner at Hatched in London. (NM)  (9/2019)

Jancis Robinson

 A hint of boiled cabbage on the nose initially but that blew off to reveal a wine that's not yet at its peak. Very refined and round. Very Barton. (JR) 18.5/20 points  (2/2019)

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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/11/2015 | Send Email
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Perfect wine in 2015-i just drank 2 bottles-nboth perfect.
Drink from 2015 to 2016

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