Parker’s latest note from 2009:
Believe it or not, the 1990 Leoville Barton can actually be drunk – something that cannot be said about the broodingly backward, still excruciatingly tannic 1982. The exceptionally concentrated 1990 reveals more polished, sweeter tannins along with a big, sweet kiss of black currant, forest floor, cedar, and spice box notes. While it still has some tannins to shed, this full-bodied, powerful, long wine is approachable. It should continue to evolve for another two decades.
Average Cellartracker score of 92.7pts from over 300 notes. Here are the two most recent ones:
8/21/2019 – drjb Likes this wine: 94 Points
A ‘lost cellar’ wine, this remains a lovely bottle of Barton which opened beautifully with a deep crimson colour and some bricking at the edge . There is a beguiling nose of blackcurrant, crushed raspberry, blackberry leaf and cedar. The palate was rich and ripe with a spherical impression of lovely black fruits leading into a cedar and mineral finish balanced by persistent fine tannins. This is in a perfect place and shows the strength of the 1990 vintage.
8/16/2019 – nskelsey wrote: 93 Points
The 1990 Barton is a gorgeously concentrated claret with well-rounded tannins, a strong note of blackcurrant plus all the usual aromas and flavours one has come to expect from this classic estate – hints of chocolate, tobacco, cedar and spice. All in all a complete wine with no signs of ageing. Thirty years behind it and surely at least another twenty ahead.
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