Léoville Barton 1999

RegionBordeaux
SubregionSt Julien
ColourRed
TypeStill


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Tasting Notes

Score: 88+Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

The vintage's lower acids give the 1999 Leoville-Barton a more forward character than normal. The color is a dense ruby/purple. The wine reveals fine body, a softer, friendlier, mainstream style, in addition to abundant weight and richness. Cedar, cassis, minerals, underbrush, and earth dominate both the aromatics and flavors. I suspect it will firm up after bottling. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2025.

Score: 88/90Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (134), April 2001

This full-bodied Léoville Barton is one of the most concentrated and ageworthy wines of the vintage.

Score: 90/93Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (128), April 2000

Black licorice and roasted coffee aromas. Medium to full bodied, with velvety tannins and a long finish. Tight wine. Give it time. Solid barton. Best after 2004. 19165 cases made

Score: 89James Suckling, Wine Spectator (31/3/02), March 2002

Score: 88/90James Suckling, Wine Spectator

Dark, mossy nose. Lots of luscious fruit. Very dense and complete. Bit dusty but great balance. Would not disappoint any claret lover and may gain exciting complexity. Drink 2008-2024. Date tasted 25th June 09.

Score: 17+Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, September 2009

Exceptionally deep blackish crimson. Low-key, but subtle, nose. Very intense. Dry. Glamorous. Convincing tannins.

Score: 18Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, October 2005

Consistently brilliant quality in recent years and a reasonable pricing policy makes this one of our best selling wines. Very good colour, this is serious, with plenty of deep Cabernet Sauvignon cassis fruit. There is nice interplay of power and depth and an enveloping cloak of sweet vanilla oak. As good as the marvellous 1998.

Score: 16Farr Vintners, June 2000

Score: 17/25Andrew Jefford, Decanter Magazine (Jun 2000), June 2000

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