No reserve on this auction.
Parker’s review from back in 2001:
“This opaque purple-colored, muscular, full-bodied, classically made St.-Julien displays impressive concentration, chewy, highly-extracted flavors of black fruits, iron, earth, and spicy wood, and a powerful mouth-feel. A pure, uncompromising, traditionally-styled wine, it is to be admired for its authenticity, class, and quality. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2035.”
Some much more recent Cellartracker notes:
12/5/2018 – wineappreciaton wrote: 92 Points
Black fruits, chalk, cigar box, lovely mellowed nose; smooth, gradual, long-lived, balanced, sloping, pleasing
9/8/2018 – Keith Cooper Likes this wine: 90 Points
At home with friends, an evening of wines from the 1998 vintage. Served to accompany lamb shanks. I’m a Bordeaux lover so I expected this to be my favourite wine of the 1998s tasted on the evening. However, I ranked it second best (putting the Miguel Merion Rioja in top place). Fully mature and a pleasure to drink if you are a Bordeaux lover as it is very typical of the style of the 1998 vintage. Lots of farmyards overtones, though perhaps less earthy than I had expected. Smooth, rich and long fruit. Very good.
6/3/2018 – Keith Cooper wrote: 94 Points
Very kind of our host for lunch to open this 20 year old Leoville Barton.
Served with roast lamb. Colour is dark maroon, tending to black. The nose shows damson, cloves, nail varnish. Smooth, earthy, silky, good balance of fruit. Long and well balanced overall. Excellent. It’s my view that this has certainly reached full maturity and I would not recommend keeping any longer.
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