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2002 Chateau Leoville Barton Saint-Julien
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Chateau Leoville-Barton bears the name of one of the most prominent families in the Bordeaux wine trade. Don't be fooled by their Irish roots, the Bartons know wine, and have stamped their name all over the Medoc.

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2002 Chateau Leoville Barton Saint-Julien

Producer: Chateau Leoville Barton
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Bordeaux Blend
Origin: France
Region: Bordeaux
Appellation: Saint Julien

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90-92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2004

Good full ruby-red. Black cherry, cassis and minerals on the nose. As fine-grained as the 2001, but with deeper, more chocolatey flavors of cassis, black cherry, licorice and minerals, nicely framed by harmonious acidity. Finishes impressively long, with substantial but fine tannins. Impeccably balanced wine.

89 Points | Wine Spectator
92 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Quite nice indeed
by panos
I am tempted to give this wine five stars... I guess the only reason I do not is that I have enjoyed other vintages (such as the 2000 or even the more classically made 1982, just 11.7% alcohol) which have more depth. But why almost five stars at this early stage? This wine shows such a fine quality and a certain delicacy, bordering on a Margaux-like laciness, and yet it DOES have power underneath, what you expect from a Saint Julien. It also has a streamlined, focused quality, with no distractions (not excessively thick, but also not too edgy). Based on a tasting in March 2005, so it will likely be closing soon. Based on that tasting: 4 stars+.
rich and full bodied, but acidic
by Gilbert11014037
Certainly an impressive wine, but its acidity detracts from its up-front fruitiness, as does the tannin with fruitiness in the after-taste.
Not such a big deal
by partalien
This is the first "expensive" Bordeaux that I've tried ($45 for me is expensive!). It was a good, strong wine, but I was not overly impressed with the flavor. It had lots of oak and tannin. I recognized the quality in the concentration of the wine, it was very dark and I could tell it was a good wine, but I just was surprised it didn't carry more flavor. For a cheaper wine, it would have got 4 stars, but not at this price (for me).


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