1999 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien

SKU #999480 92 points Jane Anson

Outer quote mark Smoked earth, tobacco, drying tannins, savoury black fruits, this is classically balanced claret, understated and juicy, with effortless grip, fully in its drinking window but no need to rush, and almost certainly a vintage that will suprise with its stubborn ability to stay at exactly this drinkable, shareable point for decades to come. 50% new oak. Inner quote mark (6/2023)

91 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 1999 Léoville Barton has a delightful bouquet that has held up much better than the 1999 Langoa Barton, brimming over with vivacious black fruit, wild strawberry and cedar; hints of tobacco emerge with time in the glass. This is classic Saint-Julien. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy black fruit laced with black olive, tar and pencil lead. Classic gentleman’s claret and drinking perfectly now, though it will give another 12 to 15 years of drinking pleasure. (NM) Inner quote mark (9/2019)

91 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A powerful nose, with sweet tobacco and sultana, follows through to a full body, featuring ultrafine tannins and a long, long finish, as well as lovely texture. This needs more time. Still tight and structured.—'89/'99 Bordeaux blind retrospective (2009). Best after 2011. Inner quote mark (5/2010)

K&L Notes

One of the big sleepers of the vintage and the region, our current stock is coming direct from the Barton cellars, giving it perfect provenance at over two decades past the vintage. Neal Martin called this (in 2019) a "classic Saint-Julien...drinking perfectly now, though it will give another 12 to 15 years of drinking pleasure." Our own Clyde Beffa says it reminds him of the 1959. Either way, it represents a remarkable cellar-direct opportunity on one of the world's most treasured producers at a remarkable in-stock price.

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By: Michael Pires | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/12/2023 | Send Email
A wonderful wine! '99 was a fruity vintage for left bank Bordeaux, and the black fruit character is still showing nicely here. Sweet tobacco, leather, and earthier notes of truffle are showing in the finish. Smooth tannins and balanced. Great to drink now or hold a little longer.

By: Austin Jenkins | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/11/2023 | Send Email
A beautiful vintage is offered at a considerable value. the structure of the '99s is shining beautifully now, with firm yet soft tannins and a wonderfully medium-bodied palate. Some subtle savory quality but the gorgeous fruit associated with St Julien, and Leoville Barton isn't lost with age. Various red and blue fruit flavors offer themselves at the front of the palate while it finishes with notes of cedar and olive. Absolutely beautiful.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/11/2015 | Send Email
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A steal for $120. A step behind the 89, but very good now.
Drink from 2015 to 2025

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