Leoville Barton 2001
Tasting Notes Leoville Barton 2001
A very ripe blackberry and blueberry nose that is lacking some definition. Just a little muffled. The palate is full-bodied, sinewy, good grip with toasty tannins. Blackberry, cedar, mint, tobacco with a very fine tannic off-dry finish. Very correct, good breeding, surfeit finesse on the finish. Tasted October 2007.
Consistent from bottle (I tasted it three times), this is an outstanding offering, although not quite at the prodigious level of the 2000. Civilized and approachable for a young Leoville-Barton, it exhibits a saturated plum/purple color along with classic Bordelais aromas of damp earth, creme de cassis, smoke, vanillin, and tobacco. Medium to full-bodied and rich, with high but well-integrated tannin, and a long, 40+ second finish, it should turn out to be a brilliant effort, and one of the stars of the Medoc. However, patience is essential. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2020.