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 blind at the Southwold Bordeaux 2010 tasting. The Léoville-Barton 2010 has a very impressive, very showy bouquet with mineral-driven black fruit mixed with hints of liquorice and cigar box that unfolds with every passing moment in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with a fleshy ripe but structured opening. The acidity is very well judged with a fine line of acidity, real depth and flavour here with a long, light peppery finish. Excellent - an accomplished Saint Julien from Anthony Barton and his team. Tasted January 2014."
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
Chateau Leoville-Barton St. Julien 2010 - Color, 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!
Posted by Abdulrahman on 11/13/13 [Verified]