- 1988 Château Léoville Barton - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien (4/8/2006)
Fairly deep red. The nose is lovely and savoury with a rather prominent note of cranberry. It kept changing very much, on first pour seeming almost Burgundian in its red berry and vegetal scents, then came the most pure and arrestingly beatiful note of cassis, then lightly charred oak came to the fore but gladly integrated fully and is now calmed to cigar box and earth aromas. The palate is exactly what I look for in claret. It is light and savoury, has much freshness, fine acidity, the purportedly hard tannins of the vintage are nowhere to be seen though this is a structured and savoury rather than a fleshy wine. The aftertaste is incredibly long, dry and savoury with cassis once again prominent. Showing well now, but I think it will only improve. An outstanding wine from a vintage I see as quite ideal.
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