Château Léoville Barton Saint-Julien Red Bordeaux Blend 2004

$79.99

This is an impressively endowed vin de garde that should age effortlessly for 20-30 years. How Anthony Barton continues to fashion uncompromisingly primordial Bordeaux that are always among the biggest and densest of all the St.-Juliens is beyond me, but he does it year in and year out. Moreover, when it's time to set the price, he appears to have the consumer foremost in his mind. The 2004 is a classic Leoville-Barton meant for long aging. Concentrated, with loads of smoke, creme de cassis, forest floor, and earthy notes emerge... Robert Parker

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Ratings on Delectable

Cameron Parry Delectable Pro

Perfect timing. The 2004 is showing beautifully now. Just the right amount of Brett and big floral notes. Great structure and bright fruit.

Perfect timing. The 2004 is showing beautifully now. Just the right amount of Brett and big floral notes. Great structure and bright fruit.

9.2

Josh Luhn Delectable Pro

Luhn Wine Consulting Owner, Luhn Family Wines

Better than the last one I opened a few weeks back.

Better than the last one I opened a few weeks back.

9.3

Matty Wicksteed Delectable Pro

Manager The Wine Cellars

Nose here has loads of well defined blackcurrant, black cherry, plum, new and rather plush leather and then some red fruit coming through, seems quite youthful. Palate also seems somewhat youthful, tannins are tightly grained, fruit is fresh and firm, still plenty to come from this.

Nose here has loads of well defined blackcurrant, black cherry, plum, new and rather plush leather and then some red fruit coming through, seems quite youthful. Palate also seems somewhat youthful, tannins are tightly grained, fruit is fresh and firm, still plenty to come from this.

9.3

William Meznarich Delectable Pro

Texas distributor

More approachable than 2000

More approachable than 2000

9.2

Bret Barker

I’m a sucker for barton. Family liked the pontet canet better but this st julien was delicious. Black currant, leather, mineral - classic Bordeaux. If you want a producer well priced and built to age this is it.

I’m a sucker for barton. Family liked the pontet canet better but this st julien was delicious. Black currant, leather, mineral - classic Bordeaux. If you want a producer well priced and built to age this is it.

9.4

Rick Jordan

VINTAGE: 2004 BOTTLE: 375ml APPEARANCE: Deep red, garnet meniscus, viscous legs. NOSE: Allspice, white pepper, bell pepper, dark fruits. MOUTHFEEL: Round, medium - acidity, medium + tannins. PALATE: Cinnamon, tomato leaf, leather, hints of vanilla. FINISH: Long with sandalwood throughout and some cocoa at the very end. NOTES: Picked this up in December of 2017, thinking the 375 bottle will have made this ready to drink immediately. Was not wrong, it is drinking well, but there is sufficient backbone left in this wine to age for many more years to come, even in a 375. Nice layers of complexity that were fun to tease out, but still many notes that I don’t yet have the ability to properly identify. I look forward to trying again with more years under its belt.

VINTAGE: 2004 BOTTLE: 375ml APPEARANCE: Deep red, garnet meniscus, viscous legs. NOSE: Allspice, white pepper, bell pepper, dark fruits. MOUTHFEEL: Round, medium - acidity, medium + tannins. PALATE: Cinnamon, tomato leaf, leather, hints of vanilla. FINISH: Long with sandalwood throughout and some cocoa at the very end. NOTES: Picked this up in December of 2017, thinking the 375 bottle will have made this ready to drink immediately. Was not wrong, it is drinking well, but there is sufficient backbone left in this wine to age for many more years to come, even in a 375. Nice layers of complexity that were fun to tease out, but still many notes that I don’t yet have the ability to properly identify. I look forward to trying again with more years under its belt.

9.0

Rodolfo Coppel

Magnum

Magnum

9.5

Kyle Volluz

Fantastic. Excellent with cheese course.

Fantastic. Excellent with cheese course.

9.1

Max Kelly

This is the lightest of the mini-vertical of the '99, '00, '03, and '04. Still distinctly LB, but with a slightly stronger herbaceous note, and much shorter, more dilute finish. Would be perfectly good for a lesser estate, but showing the shortcoming of he vintage.

This is the lightest of the mini-vertical of the '99, '00, '03, and '04. Still distinctly LB, but with a slightly stronger herbaceous note, and much shorter, more dilute finish. Would be perfectly good for a lesser estate, but showing the shortcoming of he vintage.

8.8

Becs Edgeworth

Drinking beautifully

Drinking beautifully

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