2018 Leoville-Barton Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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JS 97 JA 97 JD 97 JL 97 WE 97 WS 97 DC 96 WA 94
JS 97

jamessuckling.com, January 2021

Sweet berries, blackberries, raspberries and violets follow through to a full body with extremely creamy, polished tannins that caress the palate. It’s really long and polished. Gorgeous finish. Drink after 2025.
JA 97

janeanson.com, March 2022

A brilliant Léoville, continuing to impress as it has every time I have tasted it. The width and depth of the ripe tannins is matched pace for pace by an elegance to the cassis, bilberry, blackcurrant fruit. As it opens...
JD 97

jebdunnuck.com, March 2021

This estate has been on fire in recent vintages, and the 2018 Château Léoville Barton is up there with the best of them. Based on 82% Cabernet Sauvignon and 18% Merlot that was brought up in 60% new French oak, this...
JL 97

TheWineCellarInsider.com, March 2021

With a dark, inky, purple accented hue, the perfume pops with all its ripe, blackberry and currants, accompanied by cigar box, forest floor, herbs, cedar and cigar wrapper notes. Full-bodied, concentrated, powerful, yet...
WE 97

Wine Enthusiast, May 2021

In this wine, fine and rich tannins partner with powerful black-plum and black-currant fruits. Densely textured while also having swathes of rich fruits, the wine shows both a firm side and one that offers total...
WS 97

Wine Spectator, March 2021

Cassis, crushed plum and steeped blackberry fruit is all packed into this wine, along with tar, violet and roasted apple wood notes, plus a terrific tug of warm earth. Shows lots of energy in reserve, with a tightly knit...
DC 96

Decanter, April 2019

They are just hitting it out of the park at Léoville Barton at the moment, keeping the relaxed and effortless feel of a great St-Julien but loading up on the complexity and concentration that lies behind it. You don't see...
WA 94

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, March 2021

(94+ points) Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2018 Léoville Barton needs a little swirling to coax out delicate notions of fresh blackberries, mulberries and cassis, plus touches of pencil shavings, clove oil, charcoal...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Julien
Vintage 2018
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14%
Closure Cork

Introducing the exquisite 2018 Leoville-Barton, a Bordeaux Blend that hails from the prestigious St Julien region in Bordeaux, France. This red wine showcases the remarkable craftsmanship of the renowned producer, Leoville-Barton, and is a true representation of the elegance and complexity that Bordeaux wines are known for.

In the glass, the Leoville-Barton displays a deep garnet-purple color that immediately captures the eye. Its rich and inviting aromas fill the air with sweet berries, blackberries, raspberries, and violets, creating an olfactory symphony that entices the senses.

On the palate, this wine truly shines. It boasts a full body with an incredibly creamy and polished texture, thanks to its extremely well-integrated tannins. The tannins caress the palate, providing a velvety smoothness that enhances the overall drinking experience. The Leoville-Barton is wonderfully long and polished, leaving a lasting impression with its gorgeous finish.

Renowned wine critic James Suckling awarded this wine an impressive score of 97 points, praising its sweet berries, creamy tannins, and remarkable length. Wine Enthusiast also awarded it 97 points, noting its fine and rich tannins, powerful black-plum and black-currant fruits, and its potential for aging.

Other esteemed critics have also heaped praise upon the 2018 Leoville-Barton. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate awarded it 94+ points, highlighting its intensity of earth and mineral-laced black fruit flavors, firm yet ripe tannins, and seamless freshness. Decanter awarded it 96 points, noting its complexity, concentration, and glass-staining extraction.

Jeb Dunnuck was equally impressed, awarding it 97 points and calling it a "straight-up awesome Saint-Julien." He praised its cassis and mulberry fruits, notes of freshly sharpened pencils, leafy tobacco, chocolate, and earth, as well as its pure, perfectly ripe fruit and integrated components.

With its incredible depth, balance, and aging potential, the Leoville-Barton is a wine that will reward patience. While it can be enjoyed now, it is recommended to wait until at least 2025 to truly experience its full potential. However, for those who cannot wait, proper decanting will reveal its many layers and complexities.

In conclusion, the 2018 Leoville-Barton is a wine that exemplifies the best of Bordeaux. Its impeccable craftsmanship, stunning aromas, velvety texture, and remarkable length make it a truly exceptional wine that will continue to evolve and impress for the next 20 years or more. Whether enjoyed now or cellared for future enjoyment, this Bordeaux Blend is a true gem that wine enthusiasts should not miss.