2014 Saint-Julien from Bordeaux
Even though the 2014 Léoville Barton is, at first, restrained on the nose, its aromatic richness is revealed after swirling. Red rose petals (a subtle and elegant aspect of the wine) fragrances and fleshy black fruit notes are given off on a sensation of freshness. This Saint-Julien palate offers an ample structure on thick, elegant tannins with well-proportioned sap. It is a classic Léoville Barton, although this year it is slightly more powerful than usual. It is a great wine.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2014 Leoville Barton is one of the must-buys of the vintage. Now in bottle, it has a very pure bouquet that gains intensity in the glass, laden with blackberry and raspberry coulis scents, cold wet stone, a wonderful mineralité that becomes more conspicuous with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with tensile tannin, a fine line of acidity that lends this precision and nervosité. There is class and sophistication in situ, not a powerful Léoville Barton, but beautifully poised. This is just a brilliant forerunner to the 2015 and it should represent great value.