Leoville Barton 1998
Tasting Notes Leoville Barton 1998
An exemplary wine. Nose is closed but dense tobacco fruit underneath. Silky smooth tannins. Very classy and feminine. Good depth. Dried leaves and herbs. A powerful liquorish finish. Give it a decade. Certainly a step up from previous vintages. Tasted May 2000.
This opaque purple-colored, muscular, full-bodied, classically made St.-Julien displays impressive concentration, chewy, highly-extracted flavors of black fruits, iron, earth, and spicy wood, and a powerful mouth-feel. A pure, uncompromising, traditionally-styled wine, it is to be admired for its authenticity, class, and quality. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2035. Readers seeking classic, muscular, extremely long-lived Bordeaux should always keep this outstanding classified growth in mind. It continues to sell for a price well below its intrinsic value.