CHÂTEAU LÉOVILLE BARTON
2000 2ème Cru Classé Saint Julien
|Grapes||Merlot, Cab Franc, Cab Sauv|
|Classification||2ème Cru Classé|
Magnificent colour, and cool dry richness throughout. Similar in style to the Langoa, but yet more complete and dense and full. The tannins on the finish are quite severe, but there is easily enough fruit to cope with this. As characterful as anything in the vintage, and if it is a bit wilder, there is nothing that time will not tame - but it will need to be kept ten years or so. L&S (Mar 2005)
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I found this to be one of the more backward wines of the 2000 vintage and gave it a window of maturity of 2015-2040 when I reviewed it in 2003. In my two recent tastings of it, I changed that window to 2018-2050, which probably says more than the following tasting note could say. This is a behemoth – dense, highly extracted, very tannic, broodingly backward, with a dense purple color and very little evolution since it was bottled 8 years ago. Wonderfully sweet cedar and fruitcake notes are intermixed with hints of creme de cassis, licorice, and earthy forest floor. It is full-bodied and tannic, with everything in place, but like so many wines that come from Leoville Barton, it makes a mockery of many modern-day consumers wanting a wine for immediate gratification. Those who bought it should continue to exercise patience and be proud to own a wonderful classic with five decades of longevity ahead of it. Rating: 95-95 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (Mar 2011)
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