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Léoville Barton 2005

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

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Tasting Notes

The Château Léoville-Barton 2005 has a more multi-dimensional bouquet compared to the Langoa with blackberry, bilberry, a hint of ""Liquorice All Sorts"" and crème de cassis. The palate is medium-bodied with dense ripe tannins, a gentle but insistent grip and superb delineation on the finish that reins the power back in, ensuring that this Barton is linear, classic in style. There is great persistence here - a Saint Julien from the top drawer that will give as much pleasure to you as your kids (once they reach drinking age of course). Drink 2019 - 2050

Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, February 2015

Léoville Barton’s 2005 has an inky ruby/purple color and shows fairly high tannin levels, but the balance is slightly better that the Langoa Barton, which is very hard. This is probably a 30-year wine and needs at least another 20 years of cellaring, and while the tannins are high, they are balanced more thoroughly and competently. With deep cassis and red currant fruit, the wine is earthy, spicy, medium to full-bodied, and needs at least another decade. Drink it between 2025 and 2050.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (219), June 2015
James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, February 2008

Deep garnet-brick in color, the 2005 Leoville Barton wafts out with evolved notions of cigar box and dried cherries on the nose, giving way to touches of underbrush, spice box, and fragrant earth. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has a sturdy, chewy frame with a lively line lifting the mature flavors, finishing on a lingering, stewed-tea note. No need to hold on any longer to get maximum pleasure, this makes for pleasant drinking right now and should hold steady for another 10-15 years+.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Independent, July 2022

Deep ruby red, this is great stuff, broad-shouldered, laced with aniseed, liqourice, touches of bitter black chocolate, muscular tannins and a luscious fruit core. Lip smacking stuff, with 2005 energy and excitement. Gets more serious as it opens, revealing black pepper spice, sage, rosemary and white pepper. A wonderful wine, one to sink into. You can easily wait to drink this, and it will reward another three to five years in bottle, then go for decades. If you do open it, give it a long carafe. 50% new oak.

Jane Anson, JaneAnson.com, September 2022

Tasted blind. Healthy deep crimson. Clean, intense nose. Lots of ripe if slightly simple blackcurrant fruit. Dusty end. No charmer! A mouthful of minerals. But there is life here too.
Drink 2020-2040

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, March 2017

Deep ruby. Wonderfully perfumed nose offers cassis, minerals, tobacco, flowers, mocha and truffle. Bright, mineral-driven and concentrated, with terrific underlying backbone giving energy and definition to the dark berry, mineral and chocolate flavors. There's a floral lift here that's exhilarating to find in the very ripe 2005 vintage. Finishes very long and classy, with a firm tannic spine. An outstanding vintage for this wine.

Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, June 2008

Sweet vanilla fruit, crushed black fruit. Appealing. Sweet, floral perfumed oak, good depth and ripe, very attractive with good length to balance oak. Drink from 2016. Awarded 4 stars.

Decanter.com, Decanter.com, July 2008

Came nineteenth out of 184 wines

-, Southwold Bordeaux Tasting, January 2009
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Another prodigious, but brutally tannic, offering from the affable Anthony Barton, the inky/blue/black-hued 2005 Leoville Barton exhibits a sensational perfume of charcoal, burning embers, underbrush, cedar, creme de cassis, and subtle toasty oak. Painfully concentrated (much like the 2000 was at the same stage), with full body, admirable purity, and several boatloads of muscular tannin, this St.-Julien is built for 50-60 years of cellaring. Its purity and precision are typical of today’s winemaking, but Barton is certainly not making a wine for near-term gratification. This is another 2005 that will require enormous patience. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2065.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (176), April 2008
James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, February 2008

Fantastic aromas of currants, black licorice and berries. Fresh flowers. Light smoke. Big and velvety with loads of fruit. Long. Gorgeous. Sexy. Love it. Seems like another 2003; wait and see.

James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, March 2006

Blackish crimson. A much subtler nose than the Langoa. Rigorous, dry, sleek and polished although, as with the Langoa, there is a very slight hint of sweet oak. The finish here is completely dry, however. Very classic and no hurry whatsoever to drink this polished leathery wine. 13%
Drink 2025-2045

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2015

Looks very youthful. Tight, concentrated and very focused. Luscious texture and a wine that slides across the palate. There is masses of tannin on the finish but it is ripe enough. This could be Barton. Very youthful but convincing. Bone dry in Barton style compared with the sweetness of Ducru-Beaucaillou

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2009

Lively crimson - looks very youthful. Light, mineral notes on the nose. Fine tannins at first, becoming dominant on the mid palate. Very tight and fine-tuned. Reined in. Far from opulent with lots of dryness on the finish. Dry, grainy tannins. Extremely solid and earthbound. Set for the very long term. Langoa is more expressive for the moment but may not last as long. Drink 2018-30

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2006
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