The 2017 Léoville Barton has a high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon this year at 93%, the remainder is Merlot. It was picked between 15 and 18 September for the Merlot and 22 to 29 September for the Cabernet Sauvignon, then aged in 60% new oak. It has a perfumed and pure bouquet that demonstrates a little more cohesion and refinement than some of its Saint-Julien peers. Blackberry and touches of bilberry fruit, cedar and crushed stone – this is a knockout nose with bags of potential. The palate is medium-bodied with filigree tannin, perfectly pitched acidity and beautifully integrated oak. Seriously, this is nudging (not equaling, nudging!) the 2016 in terms of quality and there are just a handful of properties where I can state that this year. 2022 - 2045
|Score: 93/95||Neal Martin, vinous.com, May 2018|
The 2017 Leoville Barton is deep garnet-purple in color with a nose of warm cassis, fresh blackberries and blueberries with hints of violets, dark chocolate and licorice. Medium-bodied with a rock-solid frame of grainy tannins and wonderful freshness, it gives a fantastic core of fruit and wonderful length
|Score: 91/93+||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (236), April 2018|
The purity of cabernet sauvignon really comes through here with currants, blackberries and stones. Perfumed, too. Medium to full body. Very fine, polished tannins and a fresh, fruity finish. This shows a compact palate with a polished, creamy finish. Much higher percentage of cabernet than is usual. Drink after 2023.
|Score: 95||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, January 2020|
This is a really excellent Leoville-Barton with wonderful cabernet sauvignon character of blackberries, blackcurrants and flowers. Full body, firm and lightly chewy tannins and a long and beautiful finish. This has tension and brightness.
|Score: 94/95||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2018|
One of the few truly exceptional Left Bank wines of the vintage, the 2017 Léoville-Barton is simply fabulous. The 2017 also has the distinction of having a very high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon. Inky crème de cassis, white flowers, lavender, crushed rocks, menthol and spice give the 2017 a distinctly layered, resonant feel. The 2017 offers fabulous density and structure, although the tannins need time. The blend is 93% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Merlot. The September rains were especially challenging for the Merlot and Cabernet Franc. As a result, Cabernet is pushed up in the blend, while there is no Franc at all. Tasted two times.
|Score: 93/96||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com (236), May 2018|
Deepest crimson. Dark, savoury and spicy black fruit with a lovely balsamic note but also a light vanilla sweetness and a more subdued graphite layer. Complex already. On the palate, this is succulent, firm but polished. Tannins are very fine, definite. A harmonious whole and a juicy finish.
|Score: 17||Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2018|
With 93% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Merlot in the mix, this is the most strongly Cabernet wine ever produced here. Picked 15-29 September with maturation in 60% new oak. A deep and brooding nose of cassis with a hint of dried violets and smoky liquorice. The palate is richly tannic but ripe. This mouthcoating structure provides an ample frame for pure cassis and cedar. This wine has great delineation of fruit and supreme elegance, but still the power and ripeness to linger with lightly exotic spices of nutmeg and clove on the finish.
|Score: 16.5+||Farr Vintners, April 2018|
Concentrated black fruits the nose is firm the palate has a rich mix of black cherry and cassis. Power in a velvet glove there is mid structure the fruit wrapped around with generous rich flavours the back palate and finish lighter streamlined and elegant. 2026-40
|Score: 90/94||Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2018|
This has a stronger, tighter and more concentrated expression in this vintage than its sister property, although it's not as concentrated as its last few vintages. It's back to a more old school expression for the appellation, suiting the vintage, and it's one of the better-framed wines on display here. Good quality, with ground coffee, dark chocolate and tight cassis notes, all subtly and harmoniously put together. Drinking Window 2024 - 2038
|Score: 95||Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2018|
Rather more structured than Langoa, as usual, but also a little more feisty, dense and rather more tannic and active on the palate, too. There is the traditional cassis theme and the tannins and oak are not dominant, allowing the fruit to expand and develop during the experience. There is some tension with the tannins but they do not shut the wine down as I have seen in other properties. I expect it to age slowly and incrementally, waiting some time before it softens - perhaps a decade or more.
|Score: 18+||Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2018|