Chateau Leoville-Barton St. Julien 2010
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Wine Enthusiast 100
WE TOP 100 2013 Cellar Selections Rank 5
"This is a magnificently solid wine, initially even a bit severe. At this young stage, the tannins dominate, but it’s also full of black fruit notes. Very dense and concentrated, this is a wine that’s even better than the legendary 2005. The structure tells of its extraordinary aging potential: don’t even attempt to drink this for 10 years."~RV
James Suckling 97
"Aromas of pure blackberries and violets follow through to a full body, with super velvety tannins and a delicious balance of sweet fruit, light vanilla and nuts. Really savory and beautiful. Superb wine. I like this better than 2009. Try in 2018."
Neal Martin 97
"Tasted at the Union de Grand Cru in London. Anthony Barton appeared to have made a scintillating wine in 2010 and I hoped it would live up to expectations. It does. And judging by the mutterings I heard from others, I was not alone in that opinion. The Leoville Barton is more bashful on the nose than the Langoa Barton, although there are clearly abundant, pure blackberry and blueberry fruit encased within and they will burst forth with bottle age. The palate offers exquisite balance with luscious, intense black tarry fruit on the entry that exert a gentle but insistent grip. There is a wonderful symmetry to this wine and a life-affirming sense of harmony and precision on the finish. This is unequivocally a fabulous Leoville Barton enveloped in an effortless aura – a wine that easily surpassed even my own lofty expectations. Tasted November 2012."
Wine Spectator 96
"Takes a modern approach, with dark mocha- and espresso-infused toast leading the way, featuring an extra ganache kicker before dark currant preserves and roasted plum fruit strides in. Dense and extracted through the polished finish, this features a charcoal spine that gives rise to extra blueberry and pastis notes. Should cruise in the cellar. Best from 2018 through 2038." ~JM
4/5 starsRated by Abdulrahman on 11/13/2013
Chateau Leoville-Barton St. Julien 2010Color, very dark, inky, dark beep ruby color. Nose, blackberries, blueberries, hint of rose petals in the background complimenting the bouquet of the wine, very nice complexity, rich (though it fads away considerably fast!), some pencil shavings come along mildly, however, the wine is very closed. Midpalate, big, bold, hints of violets, crushed blackberries, full bodied. Finish, strong tannins (almost harsh), round, well balanced, lingering, 45+ seconds and I still taste the wine. Overall, this is a very solid bottle of wine, Bordeaux classic of a superb vintage, though it is not offering its best until 2035. Is it a 100 pointer? Absolutely it is not! But that does not mean it is not a superb wine. It is too young to enjoy now. Drink 2025-2035. I am 94+ on this effort. I can see it go up to 96 in 20 years. It has that potential. Happy drinking!