There is little doubt when it comes to Bordeaux that Chateau Leoville Barton is up there with the best. Their wine is the epitome of a fine red Bordeaux and always fairly priced – a fact not lost on avid Bordeaux drinkers who hold Leoville Barton in high esteem for their quality and consistency.
While some properties on both the left and right banks have started to veer away from traditional winemaking into more of a modern approach, Leoville Barton still vinifies in large wooden vats and has stayed true to a style that delivers a classic expression of Saint-Julien, capable of lasting decades.
Now 21 years old, the 2000 vintage in Bordeaux is continuing to live up to initial expectations. Lauded for the concentration of fruit flavours and fine tannins, the wines from the 2000 vintage varied more so because of individual choices rather than natural factors during what was a near perfect growing year. True to form, Leoville Barton made a deeply traditional wine in 2000 that captured not just the beauty of the year, but also the cellaring potential. People lucky enough to have had the chance to try this wine over the last few decades have discovered that it is only now starting to soften and blossom. Never designed for immediate gratification, the 2000 Leoville Barton is classic in every sense of the word.
“Right from the early days of tasting in spring 2001, this was going to be one of the stars of the vintage. And a star it remains.” 96 Points – Wine Enthusiast
“It is full-bodied and tannic, with everything in place, but like so many wines that come from Leoville Barton, it makes a mockery of many modern-day consumers wanting a wine for immediate gratification. Those who bought it should continue to exercise patience and be proud to own a wonderful classic with five decades of longevity ahead of it.” 95+ Points – Robert Parker Jr – The Wine Advocate – Drink 2018 – 2050
Today we have the pleasure of offering the spectacular 2000 Chateau Leoville Barton. Especially exciting is that these particular bottles have been laying in slumber at the Chateau since their inception and so come with perfect provenance.
The wine will be arriving early next year in both 75cl bottles and 37.5cl half-bottles.
96 Points | James Suckling
This wine has always been soft and delicious, with an almost decadent character of strawberry tart, earth, meat and spices. It’s full and very soft, with refined tannins and a very long finish.
96 Points | Wine Enthusiast
Right from the early days of tasting in spring 2001, this was going to be one of the stars of the vintage. And a star it remains. There is big, ripe fruit, with solid, ageworthy tannins. It may not be as powerful as some of the blockbusters of the vintage, but it is certainly more opulent, less classical than Léoville-Barton can sometimes be. (RV)
96 Points | Wine Spectator
Take textbook St.-Julien warmed fig, blueberry compote and blackberry reduction notes along with ample graphite, bramble and tobacco flavors, then dial it up a notch. This has terrific energy to offset the admirable depth and length, and hasn’t even started a second phase yet. One of the stars of the vintage. (JM)
95+ Points | Robert Parker | The Wine Advocate
I found this to be one of the more backward wines of the 2000 vintage and gave it a window of maturity of 2015-2040 when I reviewed it in 2003. In my two recent tastings of it, I changed that window to 2018-2050, which probably says more than the following tasting note could say. This is a behemoth – dense, highly extracted, very tannic, broodingly backward, with a dense purple color and very little evolution since it was bottled 8 years ago. Wonderfully sweet cedar and fruitcake notes are intermixed with hints of creme de cassis, licorice, and earthy forest floor. It is full-bodied and tannic, with everything in place, but like so many wines that come from Leoville Barton, it makes a mockery of many modern-day consumers wanting a wine for immediate gratification. Those who bought it should continue to exercise patience and be proud to own a wonderful classic with five decades of longevity ahead of it. Drink 2018 – 2050. (Tasted 2010)
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