Château Léoville Barton Saint-Julien Red Bordeaux Blend 1985

$199

This is a glorious '85 and certainly more approachable than the '86. The bouquet is ravishing with roasted herbs, fennel, sous-bois and a touch of black olive...a nod to the Graves here. Wonderfl definition. The palate is very smooth and sensuous, bright red-berried fruits, more savoury than I recall with white pepper and a touch of tar towards the rounded, chestnut-tinged finish. Superb length here. I cannot see this getting any better. Drink now-2018. eRobertParker.com (Neal Martin)

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Ratings on Delectable

Alexa Rose Delectable Pro

About to grill some green bell peppers to compliment this one.

About to grill some green bell peppers to compliment this one.

7.7

Scott McWilliam Delectable Pro

Classic Bordeaux. Light on the finish.

Classic Bordeaux. Light on the finish.

8.8

Barry Schuler Delectable Pro

Owner Meter Vineyard

1985 has it all over the 82s loads of elegance

1985 has it all over the 82s loads of elegance

9.5

Maddie Gregory Delectable Pro

Merry Christmas.

Merry Christmas.

9.6

Arden Barnett

The definition of elegance. What a beautiful wine. Cassis, pencil shavings, green pepper. Grippy finish that lasts for a solid minute.

The definition of elegance. What a beautiful wine. Cassis, pencil shavings, green pepper. Grippy finish that lasts for a solid minute.

9.5

Sylvain Rhainds

1985. Belle complexité et encore bien en vie.

1985. Belle complexité et encore bien en vie.

9.1

Keith Herrick

Night cap. Day 1 it was a little too green, but opened up by day 2 the fruit consumed some of the pyrazines and the wine ended up really well balanced. With a good decant, this is solid bdx, and it still has many years ahead of it

Night cap. Day 1 it was a little too green, but opened up by day 2 the fruit consumed some of the pyrazines and the wine ended up really well balanced. With a good decant, this is solid bdx, and it still has many years ahead of it

9.2

Rutger Mol

With the boys in Mollesund. Still a remarkable wine but started to lose some of its power

With the boys in Mollesund. Still a remarkable wine but started to lose some of its power

9.5

Will Beshears

So well balanced. Vanilla, leather on the nose but not heavy, still has energy.

So well balanced. Vanilla, leather on the nose but not heavy, still has energy.

9.5

Julie Mannarelli

30-year deliciousness

30-year deliciousness

9.5

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