2004 - Ch Léoville Barton 2ème Cru St Julien
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Léoville Barton
Region
St Julien
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2011 - 2025
Case size
6x150cl
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2004 CH LÉOVILLE BARTON 2ÈME CRU ST JULIEN - 6x150cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Léoville Barton
Region
St Julien
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2011 - 2025
Case size
6x150cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £932.14 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, May 2005,
    Score: -

    "You have to like this" writes James Suckling, a note which could be applied to any vintage of Leoville Barton over the past decade. The modest and reasonable Anthony Barton just keeps producing brilliant wine, always one of our picks of the vintage. This excellent 2004 compares with the 1996 its is rich in minerals with great reserves of blackcurrant fruit and stylish sweet oak, this is excellent. Drink 2012-2025

  • RP1

    Robert Parker, June 2007,
    Score: 92

    This is an impressively endowed vin de garde that should age effortlessly for 20-30 years. How Anthony Barton continues to fashion uncompromisingly primordial Bordeaux that are always among the biggest and densest of all the St.-Juliens is beyond me, but he does it year in and year out. Moreover, when it's time to set the price, he appears to have the consumer foremost in his mind.The 2004 is a classic Leoville-Barton meant for long aging. Concentrated, with loads of smoke, creme de cassis, forest floor, and earthy notes emerge from this impressive, but oh, so backward wine. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030+.

  • RP

    Robert Parker, June 2006,
    Score: 92-94

    Proprietor Anthony Barton continues to fashion beautifully elegant yet powerful, masculine, virile wines meant for long-term aging. In addition, he exhibits a humility in pricing that is both refreshing and noteworthy. The outstanding 2004 comes close to equaling the spectacular 2000. It boasts a dense purple color as well as aromas of forest floor, underbrush, creme de cassis, new saddle leather, and background oak. There is superb intensity for a 2004, wonderful sweetness, and a surprisingly fragrant perfume. However, the beautiful bouquet does not mean this wine will be drinkable young as it will require 5-7 years of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2025. A very successful vintage at this estate, the 2004 Leoville Barton offers a dense, opaque purple color, a big, deep, meaty nose of dried herbs, new saddle leather, licorice, a hint of toasty barrique, and plenty of black currant fruit. It is pure, ripe, slightly austere and tannic, but also substantial in a vintage that rarely produced wines of this size and power. This will be a wine for patient connoisseurs. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2025.

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2005,
    Score: 16

    Quite deep crimson. Some sweet oak on the nose. A little bit raw then very loose on the palate with slightly fake cherry jam flavours. Tannins very fine. A lot of work in the chai, I think. But ultimately not the noblest expression of either appellation or vintage. Drink 2010-2016

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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.