Robert Parker 95
"One cannot admire enough proprietor Anthony Barton and his classic, potentially long-lived wines that are models of power, elegance, and longevity – in short, these wines symbolize what makes Bordeaux so world-renowned! Probably capable of rivaling the 2000, the uncompromisingly made, formidably powerful, masculine, and highly extracted 2003 has an inky purple color to the rim, a big, deep personality with a tight but promising nose of forest floor, creme de cassis, smoke, charcoal, licorice, and perhaps even truffle. It is layered, rich, and set for an exceptionally long life, but don’t expect to get a lot of joy even in this somewhat overtly styled vintage for at least another 7-8 years. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2030+."
Wine Spectator 98
"Intense blackberry and cherry, with hints of currant. Toasted oak and sweet tobacco too. Roses and other flowers, such as lilacs. Full-bodied, with masses of tannins yet incredibly long and seductive. Best after 2012. 18,330 cases made. –JS"
Leoville BartonView all from Leoville Barton
The 50 hectares of Léoville and the 17 hectares of Langoa planted in a gravelly soil on a clay subsoil, include a high proportion of old vines in order to obtain the best quality possible. The distribution of the grape varieties is 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc for Léoville Barton, while the Langoa Barton terroir is distributed between 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc. Both properties benefit from the same vinification methods.