Château Léoville Barton Saint-Julien Red Bordeaux Blend 1989

$179

The bouquet does not quite have the vivacity, the chutzpah of the 1990 Barton, a little more introverted with notes of cigar box, earth, wet sand and chestnut. The palate is medium-bodied, quite elegant, refined and harmonious with a firm mid-palate. Cedar, sandalwood and dried herbs. Unlike the 1990, the 1989 has a crescendo of flavours towards the finish that demonstrates great structure and persistency. Austere, conservative but classy, there is a chance that the '89 may outlast the '90. Drink now-2025 eRobertParker.com (Neal Martin)

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Ratings on Delectable

Andrew Steffensmeier Delectable Pro

A lot of power, plenty of fruit and acidity for days. This is in a nice spot, but still on the way up. There’s a nice dusty/tar note, fennel, a touch of leather, maybe even a hint of violets. Best with a big rich meal.

A lot of power, plenty of fruit and acidity for days. This is in a nice spot, but still on the way up. There’s a nice dusty/tar note, fennel, a touch of leather, maybe even a hint of violets. Best with a big rich meal.

9.2

Douglas Renall Delectable Pro

Amazing multifaceted wine #leovillebarton

Amazing multifaceted wine #leovillebarton

9.5

Rick VanSickle Delectable Pro

A stunning example of the vintage with depth, layers of flavour, complexity and a dash finesse. Finish lasts a long time. I adore this wine.

A stunning example of the vintage with depth, layers of flavour, complexity and a dash finesse. Finish lasts a long time. I adore this wine.

9.3

Matt Duncan Delectable Pro

Tannic, brooding, dark.

Tannic, brooding, dark.

9.4

Yianni Stoner Delectable Pro

Fresh, crisp acidity. Tannins; Green yet polymerized; austere yet resolved. Lean tobacco spice.

Fresh, crisp acidity. Tannins; Green yet polymerized; austere yet resolved. Lean tobacco spice.

9.1

Jonathan Maltus Delectable Pro

Does it stop

Does it stop

9.3

Samuel James Delectable Pro

The can stay in bottle for a couple more years yet.

The can stay in bottle for a couple more years yet.

9.3

Ted Rutledge Delectable Pro

1989 vintage

1989 vintage

9.2

Damon Levy Delectable Pro

Director/Importer Vine Connections

Ah, the Brits call it claret. I call it utterly beautiful.

Ah, the Brits call it claret. I call it utterly beautiful.

9.6

Jeff Groh Delectable Pro

They made a great wine this year

They made a great wine this year

9.8

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