This is an impressively endowed vin de garde that should age effortlessly for 20-30 years. How Anthony Barton continues to fashion uncompromisingly primordial Bordeaux that are always among the biggest and densest of all the St.-Juliens is beyond me, but he does it year in and year out. Moreover, when it’s time to set the price, he appears to have the consumer foremost in his mind. The 2004 is a classic Leoville-Barton meant for long aging. Concentrated, with loads of smoke, creme de cassis, forest floor, and earthy notes emerge from this impressive, but oh, so backward wine. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030+.
|Score: 92||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (171), June 2007|
A very successful vintage at this estate, the 2004 Leoville Barton offers a dense, opaque purple color, a big, deep, meaty nose of dried herbs, new saddle leather, licorice, a hint of toasty barrique, and plenty of black currant fruit. It is pure, ripe, slightly austere and tannic, but also substantial in a vintage that rarely produced wines of this size and power. This will be a wine for patient connoisseurs. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2025.
|Score: 90/92||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (165), June 2006|
Proprietor Anthony Barton continues to fashion beautifully elegant yet powerful, masculine, virile wines meant for long-term aging. In addition, he exhibits a humility in pricing that is both refreshing and noteworthy. The outstanding 2004 comes close to equaling the spectacular 2000. It boasts a dense purple color as well as aromas of forest floor, underbrush, creme de cassis, new saddle leather, and background oak. There is superb intensity for a 2004, wonderful sweetness, and a surprisingly fragrant perfume. However, the beautiful bouquet does not mean this wine will be drinkable young as it will require 5-7 years of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2025.
|Score: 92/94||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (158), April 2005|
Currant and dark chocolate, with hints of mineral. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a long, caressing finish. Balanced. A more delicate and refined style. Best after 2011.
|Score: 91||James Suckling, Wine Spectator, March 2007|
A lovely wine with a pretty balance of fruit and ripe tannins. Full-bodied yet refined. Silky and beautiful, with blackberry and mineral character. Gorgeous for the vintage. You have to like this. Very close to 92-94
|Score: 89/91||James Suckling, Wine Spectator (April 05), April 2005|
Quite deep crimson. Some sweet oak on the nose. A little bit raw then very loose on the palate with slightly fake cherry jam flavours. Tannins very fine. A lot of work in the chai, I think. But ultimately not the noblest expression of either appellation or vintage.
|Score: 16||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, August 2005|
Complex nose of perfumed dark fruit along with a meaty note. Reasonably firm and young on the palate, not giving much away even now but very well balanced and already showing its elegance. Rich and a little chewy at the end and good length. Drink 2011-2019. Date tasted 17th Feb 09.
|Score: 17+||Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2009|
|Score: 16.5||Farr Vintners, Southwold Bordeaux Tasting, January 2008|