No Reserve set on this auction lot.
“Shows plenty of mint, currant and mineral character on the nose. Full-bodied, with big and soft tannins. Plenty of mushroom, berry and fruity character. Opulent and beautiful”.
(James Suckling. The Wine Spectator. Web Only-2009).
“The 1988 Léoville Barton has a lovely nose of brambly black fruit, melted tar, tobacco leaf and undergrowth, very traditional in style but after three decades, remaining fresher and more vibrant than many of its peers. The palate is medium-bodied and possesses more fruit and greater density than the Langoa-Barton. I love the acidity here – very fresh – no sign of hardness or greenness, adorned with a spicy, black pepper and sage-tinged finish that suggest this Saint Julien will offer another decade’s worth of pleasure. Excellent wine from Anthony Barton. Tasted at the château. Drink through 2030”.
Neal Martin. (Vinous. May 2018).
“Magnum. This is what claret is all about. Utterly correct, bone dry, straight-backed, not opulently fleshy nor fruity (cf Ch Brown 2010) but fresh and racy. Super-appetising. A health drink? Certainly not for sipping without food but this went admirably with the duck provided for us 1950s babes”.
Jancis Robinson.MW. (JancisRobinson.com January 2018).
A more recent tasting note on the 1988 Leoville Barton on Cellartracker:-
“Lovely mellow cedar deep blackcurrant with great length of taste and finish. I popped and poured which was a mistake. This needs at least a couple of hours in a decanter”.
WINEFORTH. (Cellartracker. 1/11/2019).