2003 - Ch Léoville Barton 2ème Cru St Julien
06A3LEOB _ 2003 - Ch Léoville Barton 2ème Cru St Julien - 12x75cl
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Léoville Barton
Region
St Julien
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2012 - 2030
Case size
12x75cl
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2003 CH LÉOVILLE BARTON 2ÈME CRU ST JULIEN - 12x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Léoville Barton
Region
St Julien
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2012 - 2030
Case size
12x75cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £1,472.14 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDHA

    Goedhuis, April 2004

    Anthony Barton was on cracking form when we lunched with him. He had the air of a man satisfied that, once again, he had a very successful vintage in the cellar. This is a great Leoville Barton. It has the typically trenchant tannins of 2003 but has such reserves of ripe fruit that one hardly notices them. Very fine indeed.

  • RP2

    Robert Parker, August 2014,
    Score: 96

    A spectacular success, the opaque plum-colored 2003 Leoville Barton is still on the young side of its plateau of maturity. It exhibits a striking bouquet of forest floor and black currants as well as a full-bodied, exuberant, youthful style, an opaque plum/ruby color, a lot of complexity, and striking depth and richness. This is a profound, stunning effort from Anthony Barton and his team. Bravo! It should continue to provide immense pleasure for 20-30 years.

  • RP1

    Robert Parker, April 2006,
    Score: 95

    One cannot admire enough proprietor Anthony Barton and his classic, potentially long-lived wines that are models of power, elegance, and longevity – in short, these wines symbolize what makes Bordeaux so world-renowned! Probably capable of rivaling the 2000, the uncompromisingly made, formidably powerful, masculine, and highly extracted 2003 has an inky purple color to the rim, a big, deep personality with a tight but promising nose of forest floor, creme de cassis, smoke, charcoal, licorice, and perhaps even truffle. It is layered, rich, and set for an exceptionally long life, but don't expect to get a lot of joy even in this somewhat overtly styled vintage for atleast another 7-8 years. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2030+.

  • RP

    Robert Parker, April 2005,
    Score: 93-95

    This is a stunning inky purple-colored effort revealing a tight but promising bouquet of damp earth, forest floor, powerful ripe cassis and black raspberry notes intermixed with licorice and leather. Formidably-endowed, structured, dense, concentrated, and backward, this brawny 2003 should prove to be one of the vintage's most enduring successes. It needs to be forgotten for 7-10 years.Anticipated maturity: 2013-2035. One of the classic wines of Bordeaux and still realistically priced, Leoville-Barton is becoming increasingly popular because of the extraordinary quality/price ratio it offers. Drink: 2013-2035

  • JS

    James Suckling, April 2004,
    Score: 95-100

    Very impressive licorice, blackberry and mint. Pencil. Full-bodied, with silky tannins. Superlong. Wonderful. Is it as good as 2000? Maybe. -- J.S.

  • DC

    Decanter, April 2004

    Huge colour, nose packed with pure blackcurrant leaf fruit, really fine extraction and lovely length, quite fragrant fresh tasting, true vineyard ripeness, very high quality. Drink: 2012-2030.

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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.