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Château Léoville Barton




St Julien

Grape Blend:

Cab. Sauvignon | Merlot

Château Léoville Barton, 2ème Cru Classé, St Julien, 2003

12x75cl £1,050.00

1 bottle

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12x75cl £1,100.00

1 case

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Tasting Note:

We are concerned that the 2004 Barton may exhibit a vague goût de camionette, as we found one upside-down on it’s roof among the vines on our previous visit in January this year, after trying to escape from the Pauillac gendarmes. Luckily, we had no concerns whatever for the 2003. We had heard ahead of our tasting that the 2003 Léoville-Barton was head and shoulders above the local competition, and were glad to find this to be true. Never flashy, never over-made, always honest and seriously good, Barton is occasionally a stunner – as it is this time round. Very good concentration on the nose, with slightly less of the usually strong dark-fruit character (Barton sometimes shows hints of tar and rubber from barrel), the fruit on the palate is tightly packed, a mix of blackberry, loganberry and cassis, with excellent clarity and a hint of bitter chocolate. It has a beautifully seductive, soft exterior. The overall impression is one of polish, balance and great length. Similarly, a blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot and 10 Cabernet Franc, cropped at 40hl/ha.

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