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WTN: Another Barton, this time the 1998

by David M. Bueker » Sun Apr 15, 2018 8:28 pm

1998 Château Léoville Barton - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien (4/15/2018)
Following up from a bottle of the 1999 I had last week, I decided to open the 1998 with our beef stew. It’s a step up in depth and complexity from the 1999, though the two wines have a clear connection-they are both clearly Barton. For the 1998 there is deep red fruit, cedar plank, tobacco, and dusty, round finishing tannins. It’s quite complete and satisfying in a classical mode. Overall it’s pretty much everything I want in a Bordeaux. Drink now or ten years from now.
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Re: WTN: Another Barton, this time the 1998

by Tim York » Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:07 pm

I was a bit worried about a tendency to astringency in the acids of the two bottles which I opened in 2015 and wondered whether it would soften or become even more dominant with time. Your TN suggests the former. I have one bottle left.
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