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Léoville Barton 2008

SubregionSt Julien
Grape VarietyCabernet Sauvignon/Merlot

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Tasting Notes

Typically extracted and powerful (which is atypical in a vintage such as 2008), this offering may lack charm, but it is "locked and loaded" with plenty of background oak, huge black cherry and black currant fruit, medium to full body and a boatload of tannin. Forget it for 8-10 years and drink it over the following three decades.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (194), May 2011

Another blockbuster, long-term wine from proprietor Anthony Barton, this 2008 is among the biggest, most back-strapping efforts of the vintage. As with many vintages of Leoville Barton, it is best forgotten for another decade. An inky/purple color is followed by notes of forest floor, camphor, red and black fruits, and a hint of wood. This brawny, masculine-styled St.-Julien possesses huge body, massive concentration, and mouth-searing levels of tannin. However, the tannins are much sweeter than the 2005's were at the same stage, so that should not be an issue as long as potential purchasers exercise patience. This impressively pure, classic Bordeaux should be at its finest between 2020-2050.

Robert Parker, RobertParker.com (182), April 2009

The 2008 Léoville Barton has a lovely, heart-warming bouquet of ripe blackberry and cedar, touches of graphite, precise and supremely well focused. Classic Barton. The palate is medium-bodied, fresh and lively with impressive density; structured with a firm backbone on the graphite-tinged and tensile finish that suggests that it deserves another 3-4 years in bottle. Excellent. 2022 - 2045

Neal Martin, vinous.com, February 2018

Tasted ex-château and single blind in Southwold. The Leoville Barton 2008 has a very ripe, opulent bouquet that reminded me of Poyferré! It has impressive definition and purity; very good lift but there is a lot of oak to be subsumed. The palate is medium-bodied with a succulent, velvety entry that disguises its serious tannic backbone. It is very stylish and suave, although there is just a touch of dryness towards the finish. I think it will improve with another decade on the clock. Tasted January 2012.

Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, January 2012

A blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc, similar to Langoa this is very ripe and rich on the nose - blackberry, a touch of cedar, fig and Xmas cake. Good definition. The palate is tannic, masculine, good level of ripeness with cedar, blueberry, cassis and blackberry. Very assertive, really lacquers the mouth although I cannot help but think it is a degree too sweet on the prune-tinged finish. Tasted April 2009

Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2009
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Roses, blackberries, currants and wet earth. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and very pretty fruit. Long and juicy. A delicious wine, very balanced.

James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, April 2009

Purplish with a lightish rim. Quite integrated nose. Well balanced. Some savour though no great intensity. Very fine tannins and good balance even if not a very firm imprint of personality. Marked tannins on the finish without a great weight of exciting fruit.

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2009

Black fruits enrich the nose lots of power and depth. The palate has black cherry and
blackcurrant with some fresher bramble and bilberry in the middle then a touch of dark
chocolate and liquorice richness. The tannins are firm but feel ripe and the richness of the black
fruits fills out the back palate. 2017-2030

Derek Smedley MW, November 2012

The nose is packed with power all very black fruited. There is a lot happening on the palate, the firm cassis and sloe fleshed out by plum, enriched by dark chocolate and coffee and given an underlying freshness by bilberry. A tannic structure supports the power house of fruit that lasts long on the palate.

Derek Smedley MW, April 2009
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