Rp 93 points - This is powerful Cabernet, with gutsy weight, but polished feel to the fresh plum, warm blackberry sauce, bittersweet ganache and roasted apple wood notes. Long and tarry through the finish, but still invigorating despite its heft. Will need some time to round
fully into form. Best from 2017 through 2035. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 21,000 cases made. —J.M.
Rated #6 in Wine Spectator’s 2012 Top 100
Aromas of warm plums, blackberry compote, cloves, cinnamon and tree bark plus the faintest whiff of VA. This medium to full bodied wine has a taut structure even for this vintage with medium+ acidity and very firm, tight-knit tannins fleshed by dense, muscular fruit. Long finish.
Head and shoulders above its stablemate, Langoa Barton, proprietor Anthony Barton’s 2009 Leoville Barton is another massive, excruciatingly rich, tannic, potentially long-aged wine. Meant for consumers with old fashioned tastes, it boasts a dense opaque purple color as well as a bouquet of licorice, forest floor, unsmoked cigar tobacco and a hint of earth. The wine reveals tremendous denseness and richness, a broad, savory mouthfeel and elevated tannins in the finish. However, there is a sweetness to the tannins and no trace of bitterness and astringency, always a sign of a top vintage as well as fully mature grapes. Still a monolithic baby, this 2009 should be forgotten for at least a decade, and consumed over the next 30-50 years.