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Léoville Barton 1988

Subregion France > Bordeaux > Left Bank > St Julien
Grape VarietyCabernet Sauvignon/Merlot

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Tasting Notes

Like several other 1988s, this wine's rather hard, unyielding, early style has given way to a classically structured Bordeaux with a very youthful color (younger than the 1989), deep, earthy, cassis fruit intermixed with wood, smoke, mineral, and a hint of roasted herbs. The wine has excellent depth, medium to full body, moderate tannin, and a very youthful, vigorous feel. It is approachable, but seems destined to outlive the more renowned and expensive 1989. Somewhat of a sleeper of the vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2018. Last tasted, 9/01.

Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

Underrated wine. Deep colour. Deep intense meaty nose. Slightly austere. A developing minerally palate. Quite rich and elegant with classic tobacco notes. Intense cranberry finish. A classic Bordeaux in every sense.

Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, July 2001

A fully mature wine from the most popular wine producer in Bordeaux, Anthony Barton. Mid crimson and very juicy and not too hard, Fairly grippy but fine and with Médoc minerals on the finish. Drink 2010-2025

Jancis Robinson MW, Wine Relief Tasting, January 2013

Something to drink now if you fancy something with a bit of age. A herbal, peppery nose and light fruit. There are many better and many not as good.

Phillip Schofield, Wine Relief Tasting, January 2013
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