Thursday, October 6, 2011

Chateau Leoville Barton Saint Julien, 1993

1993 was not considered a very good vintage in Bordeaux; Parker rates it 78 (compared to 85 for the mediocre 1981). As a result, prices were reasonable, even for this Leoville Barton which was considered by many to be one of the top wines of the vintage. At 18 years of age, the wine is drinking beautifully.

As to be expected, the color is deeper and darker, with more crimson tones, than the 1981 Cos beside it. And the bouquet is firmer and more intense. This clearly has a high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon; I smell cassis, currants, cedar and a hint of aromatic herbs. Red cherries and berries take over on the palate. Very deep and very ripe with a lush finish that recalls the Henschke Shiraz as well as the Cos d'Estournel (see below). As good as those two wines were, this is even better. And I suspect it still has room to grow.

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