The 2015 Léoville Barton has one of the richest bouquets in the appellation, boasting almost ostentatious blackberry, raspberry and bilberry scents on the nose, suffused with crushed limestone and light graphite aromas. The medium-bodied palate is taut and crisp, delivering a fine bead of acidity and freshness from beginning to end. Mainly black fruit here, with suggestions of leather and mocha toward the finish. Superb. Tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting.
|Score: 95||Neal Martin, vinous.com, July 2019|
The 2015 Leoville Barton is less expressive than the Langoa Barton at the moment, although there is more complexity locked up here. Black fruit, briary, crushed stone and a touch of violet all vie for attention. The palate is fresh and vibrant, nicely structured albeit without the depth and volume that I think the 2016 will bring. I would prefer a touch more persistence but otherwise this is a finely made, stylish Leoville Barton (as usual). Anticipated maturity: 2021 - 2045.
|Score: 94||Neal Martin, -, March 2018|
The 2015 Leoville Barton is a blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Merlot picked between 19-22 September and 28 September until 5 October for the Merlot and Cabernet respectively. Matured in 60% new oak, it has a more compelling and intense bouquet than the 2015 Langoa Barton at this early stage, whereas in other years I have found the siblings closer together. It delivers some lovely blackberry, sage and cigar box scents. The palate is very refined with edgy tannin, beautifully balanced with seamlessly integrated oak. It is the classic Léoville-Barton style, full of energy and showing more breeding than the Langoa on the finish. This is just an outstanding, classic, drop-dead gorgeous Léoville Barton that is destined to give immense pleasure over the coming years. Bravo Anthony, Lilian et al. Drink 2025 -2050.
|Score: 94/96||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (224), April 2016|
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Leoville Barton offers up notions of warm red currants, black raspberries and dark chocolate with wafts of cigar box, violets and bay leaves. Elegant, medium-bodied and sporting great freshness, the taut, tightly wound palate of intense red fruits and floral accents is well-framed with firm, grainy tannins, finishing on a lingering mineral note. 2022 - 2042
|Score: 95||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (Interim Fe), February 2018|
This is a very focused Barton with ultra-fine tannins that are so polished and chalky. It drives through the center palate with currant and berry character. Full-bodied, polished and straightforward with driving tannin. Love the texture. Class. Yes. Drink in 2021.
|Score: 96||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2018|
A very savory and fruity red with red currant and plum aromas and flavors. Full body, firm backbone of tannins and a fresh finish. A generous and fruity young red. Fruity forward in a reserved way.
|Score: 94/95||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2016|
A dense, powerful wine, the 2015 Léoville-Barton is going to need quite a bit of time to come together, as it is massively tannic and structured at this stage. 2025 - 2055
|Score: 96+||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, February 2018|
The 2015 Léoville-Barton is superb. Vivid and wonderfully nuanced in the glass, the 2015 offers exceptional purity in its aromas and flavors. As always, the house style favors finesse over pure power, but in 2015 there is a good bit of both. Graphite, pencil shavings and crème de cassis, herbs and mocha meld into a rich, textured, beautifully persistent finish. The tannins are there, but they are nearly buried. Léoville-Barton is not the most powerful or showy Saint-Julien in 2015, but it is class personified. Don't miss it. Tasted two times.
|Score: 93/96||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2016|
Tasted blind. Blackish crimson. Polished and cool and smooth. Great job of tannin management! Very noble. But not the most concentrated
|Score: 17.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2019|
Deep crimson. Fresh and zesty. Much more lifted than its Langoa stablemate. Really rather glorious actually. Very fresh but with slaty undertow. Now this is a 'mineral' wine!
|Score: 18||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, November 2017|
Glowing purplish crimson. Very obviously 'sweeter' and chunkier than the Langoa Barton just tasted. But not too much. Full of appeal. And there is masses of tannin here! Lots going on here.
|Score: 17||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2016|
Anthony Barton's second growth is always a top quality Bordeaux of classic proportions. Structured, Cabernet Sauvignon based wines that are serious, controlled and pure. The 50 hectare vineyard is planted 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc. However, in 2015 the final blend is 86% Cabernet Sauvignon. There is a modest 13% alcohol. Proper old school claret. Deep purple colour. Focused cassis and a little tar on the nose with some fresh mint. The palate is firm but ripe, with exotic spices paired with ripe cassis fruit and a little graphite. This is precise and poised with firm tannic structure giving an upstanding mouthfeel with great refinement. Elegant and long on the finish, this is one for lovers of classic St Julien.
|Score: 17||Farr Vintners, March 2016|
I absolutely loved the 2015 Léoville-Barton and this has everything you could want from a Left Bank Bordeaux. Cassis, smoked earth, graphite, tobacco leaf, and thrilling amounts of minerality all emerge from this inky colored, full-bodied, power-packed, brut of a Saint-Julien that holds everything together and stays pure, balanced and elegant on the palate. It has a lot of tannins, yet more than enough fruit. The 2015 is a blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Merlot, brought up in 60% new French oak, and it needs 7-8 years of bottle age and will shine for 2-3 decades. Bravo! 2026 - 2056
|Score: 97||Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, November 2017|
The nose is concentrated with depth richness black fruits and the start of the palate has brooding power. The fruit on the mid palate is ripe with black cherry and cassis backed by dark chocolate. A hint of cedar wood at the back adds to the complexity with coffee beans and cassis on the finish.
|Score: 92/94||Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2016|
Grippy and quite backward - as it often tends to be at this early stage - but this has plenty of
fruit power and concentration in reserve, with fine tannins and stylish oak integration. One
for the cellar. Drink: 2025-35
|Score: 94||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2016|
This is a firmly structured Léoville Barton with feisty tannins and cerebral acidity, making you consider this wine’s trajectory
in order to guess at when it will approach its purple period. I venture that we are a decade away because the epic
Cabernet here is cool, introverted and contemplative and this means that it is more backward and less initially flattering
than many other wines. I expect tasters will underestimate this wine and its potential, but is it the very essence of the
estate and it reflects the huge potential of the vintage, too.
|Score: 18+||Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2016|