2005 Château Léoville Barton - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien (1/12/2013)
Opened alongside a 2005 Ladera Napa Cab. Decanted for 2 hours before dinner. 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc. Blackish purple color. What a difference 5 years make. The power and concentration of this wine has dissipated. This wine is in a dumb phase with a muted nose. Very ungiving and closed. Some currant, cedar and herbal notes. Lacked depth now. Give this time to come around. My wife did not think this would ever come around. 89-90+ points
So, are you the new DRAB now?
Thanks for the note. It helps confirm my plan not to touch one of mine until 2020 at the earliest.
Besides the 03 that was delicious on release due to the warm vintage, Barton is not a rewarding drab. In time they are always very solid though and used to be a great value.
That would shock me, and I hope she is wrong.
I gave 6 of these to my kids to drink when they are 50.
I told her that I thought she was as well and said I would put her comment in my TN for future reference.
Nice note VM. Pretty accurate.
I think they are safe W+A.
This wine is tough as nails IMO. One of the harder ones to taste upon release. I cant think of any other vintages other than the 03' that drank decent within the 1st 10 yrs of its life. I bought a case of the 06' for my son, figure it will just start to open up when he is 21, and thats an 'off' vintage.
Say NO to Shiraz!
I find Lb's to be some of the least accessible wines to drink in their youth and vm's tn confirms that. I still think they are relatively affordable in comparison to their qualitative peers but their higher price means I am buying less bottles as futures every year.
Great wine requires a mad man to grow the vine, a wise man to watch over it, a lucid poet to make it, and a lover to drink it. - Salvador Dali
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