1999 - Ch Léoville Barton 2ème Cru St Julien
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Léoville Barton
Region
St Julien
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2006 - 2020
Case size
12x75cl
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1999 CH LÉOVILLE BARTON 2ÈME CRU ST JULIEN - 12x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Léoville Barton
Region
St Julien
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2006 - 2020
Case size
12x75cl
Available Now
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Case price £992.14 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, March 2000

    Once again Leoville Barton shows what uncomplicated and traditional winemaking can achieve.Their 1999 is even better than the excellent 1998 and was tasting superbly in March

  • RP2

    Robert Parker, April 2002,
    Score: 88

    Dry tannin and a backward, austere, muscular, brooding personality characterize Leoville Barton's 1999. However, it is packed with grip, body, and depth. Give it 5-6 years of cellaring and hope the tannin melts away sufficiently for the fruit to come forward. It should last for two decades, but will it ever be balanced? Drink: 2007 - 2022.

  • RP1

    Robert Parker, April 2001,
    Score: 88-90

    The vintage's lower acids give the 1999 Leoville-Barton a more forward character than normal. The color is a dense ruby/purple. The wine reveals fine body, a softer, friendlier, mainstream style, in addition to abundant weight and richness. Cedar, cassis, minerals, underbrush, and earth dominate both the aromatics and flavors. I suspect it will firm up after bottling. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2025. Readers seeking classic, muscular, extremely long-lived Bordeaux should always keep this outstanding classified growth in mind. It continues to sell for a price well below its intrinsic value.

  • RP

    Robert Parker, April 2000,
    Score: 90-93

    Leoville-Barton's wines are consistently well-made, so it is not surprising that their 1999 is a muscular, serious, broodingly rich effort. An opaque ruby/purple color is accompanied by impressive aromas of cedar wood, black fruits, spice box, and loamy soil. Dense, chewy, and built to age, this unflattering yet potentially outstanding, full-bodied Leoville-Barton is one of the most concentrated and ageworthy wines of the vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2022.

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, December 2001,
    Score: 17/20

    Excellent colour. More solid and with less lift than the Langoa at present. For the moment less attractive although everything is embedded there for a long life. Drink 2008-2019

  • CC

    Clive Coates, April 2003,
    Score: 18.5

    Full colour. Less backward than Léoville-Las-Cases. Very lovely concentrated Cabernet fruit. This is very classy. Fullish body. Very harmonious. Excellent tannins. Very concentrated, very classy finish. This is very fine. Drink: 2011 - 2028

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Producer

Château Léoville Barton

One of the great names in classically styled claret, Léoville Barton has been owned by the same family throughout its entire existence - an unheard of rarity in Bordeaux. Their roots can be traced back to 1826, when Hugh Barton bought 50 hectares of vines in the heart of St Julien and subsequently Château Leoville Barton was made a 2ème Cru Classe in the 1855 classification. Today, the Château is run by Anthony Barton’s daughter Lillian and her son Damien Barton-Sartorius. Unusual for the Médoc region, there is no château based on the property. As a result, the wines are vinified and aged at neighbouring Langoa Barton, which as its name suggests, is also owned by the Barton family.

Region

St Julien

St Julien is like the middle child of the Médoc - not as assertive as Pauillac or as coquettish as Margaux. It lies firmly between the two more outspoken communes and as a result produces a blend of them both. St Julien's wines have often been sought out by aficionados for their balance and consistency, particularly in the UK. Yet due to its middle child nature, it can occasionally be overlooked globally and as a result underrated by those markets outside the UK. Despite the fact that it has no first growths, it has several second growths including Léoville Las Cases, Léoville Barton, Léoville Poyferré and Ducru Beaucaillou as well as the celebrated châteaux such as Talbot and Beychevelle.