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2003 Leoville-Barton Bordeaux Blend

  • Bordeaux Blend
  • 750ML
  • WS98
  • RP96
  • WE95
  • NMWJ94
  • IWC93
  • JS92
  • JR90

Reviews

WS98
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, March 2006
Intense blackberry and cherry with hints of currant. Toasted oak and sweet tobacco too. Roses and other flowers such as lilacs. Full-bodied with masses of tannins yet incredibly long and seductive. Best after 2012. 18330... Intense blackberry and cherry with hints of currant. Toasted oak and sweet tobacco too. Roses and other flowers such as lilacs. Full-bodied with masses of tannins yet incredibly long and seductive. Best after 2012. 18330 cases made. (JS)
RP96
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 2014
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... 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. - Robert Parker
WE95
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, May 2006
Somehow Barton has overcome the heat of the 2003 vintage and has come out with a new wine that is rich and elegant. There are generous tannins, ripe black currant fruits, balancing acidity, all in an ensemble that is so... Somehow Barton has overcome the heat of the 2003 vintage and has come out with a new wine that is rich and elegant. There are generous tannins, ripe black currant fruits, balancing acidity, all in an ensemble that is so much more than the sum of its parts.
NMWJ94
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, May 2013
Tasted at Bordeaux Index's "10-Year On" tasting in London. The Leoville Barton 2003 has a lifted bouquet of blackberry, raspberry coulis, liquorice and flecks of dark chocolate - all very defined and... Tasted at Bordeaux Index's "10-Year On" tasting in London. The Leoville Barton 2003 has a lifted bouquet of blackberry, raspberry coulis, liquorice and flecks of dark chocolate - all very defined and focused. The palate is medium-bodied with a sumptuous entry - seamless tannins, quite plush in the mouth but perhaps missing some complexity and vigour towards the finish. It is drinking beautifully now, though the question nagging my mind is...for how long?
IWC93
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, June 2006
Good medium ruby. Explosive nose of black raspberry coffee and leather. Hugely rich dense and sweet with deep flavors of currant plum and chocolate complicated by underlying minerality. Wonderfully dense and full on the... Good medium ruby. Explosive nose of black raspberry coffee and leather. Hugely rich dense and sweet with deep flavors of currant plum and chocolate complicated by underlying minerality. Wonderfully dense and full on the back end with broad tannins and palate-staining length. Today the 2005 comes off as dry by comparison. A standout of the vintage and likely to be long-lived in the context of the year.
JS92
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, March 2011
Currants and plums with mint on the nose follow through to a full body, with soft and velvety tannins and a new wood, ripe fruit aftertaste. Tight and firm, but wait until after 2012 to pull the cork.
JR90
Jancis Robinson - Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages, March 2013
Mid garnet. Lovely cedary black fruit aromas. Almost the first time I have written fragrant in this tasting. Some oak sweetness on the palate but it's fresh too and the tannins are fine and resolved, still with some... Mid garnet. Lovely cedary black fruit aromas. Almost the first time I have written fragrant in this tasting. Some oak sweetness on the palate but it's fresh too and the tannins are fine and resolved, still with some density. 17/20 (JH)