2014 Chateau Leoville Barton

Year: 2014
Appellation: Saint-Julien
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 94
Wine Advocate: 94
Vinous Media: 93
James Suckling: 94
Jeb Dunnick: 93--Wine Enthusiast: 95--Jeff Leve: 93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
Price :

"This has a solid core of cassis, blueberry confiture and plum sauce flavors, wrapped with warm ganache and licorice snap notes, kept honest by graphite rivets along the finish. This has lots of muscle, but stays lean and long. Best from 2020 through 2035. 11,667 cases made. –JM " (WS)

"The 2014 Leoville Barton is one of the must-buys of the vintage. Now in bottle, it has a very pure bouquet that gains intensity in the glass, laden with blackberry and raspberry coulis scents, cold wet stone, a wonderful mineralité that becomes more conspicuous with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with tensile tannin, a fine line of acidity that lends this precision and nervosité. There is class and sophistication in situ, not a powerful Léoville Barton, but beautifully poised. This is just a brilliant forerunner to the 2015 and it should represent great value." (WA)

"The 2014 Léoville-Barton shows remarkable freshness and overall vivacity. Succulent black cherry, plum, violet and blood orange create a distinctive combination of dark fruit and brisk, pulsating acidity. Today, the 2014 comes across as very tight and closed, which is probably good thing for the future. Readers should plan on cellaring the 2014 for at least a few years. Tasted two times." (VM)

"Very aromatic with cherries and blackberries. Hints of flowers. Full body, lightly chewy yet ultra-fine tannins and a fresh finish. Tangy and delicious. Racy. Better in 2021." (JS)

"While a solid step back from the sensational 2015, the 2014 Léoville Barton is still a beauty. Possessing medium-bodied notes of cassis, sweet oak, spice and flowers, this impeccably balanced Saint-Julien is incredibly classy, layered and pure on the palate. While this cuvee can be backward and difficult to taste young, the 2014 has a supple, beautifully textured, fresh style that’s already approachable. Nevertheless, a few years in the cellar will do it well, and it should keep for two to three decades." (JD)

"This wine, with its massive tannins and rich fruit, is obviously set for a long life. It does have the contrast of fresh black-currant acidity to give it a lift. But with the power behind it, the wine will develop slowly. Drink from 2025." (WE)

"Waves of smoke, tobacco, dark, red fruits, earth and cedar are all over the place. Concentrated, with ripe, fresh, berries, round tannins and a lengthy, fruit filled finish. For a wine that can quite often demand 10-15 or 20 years to come around, this should drink well nicely with just 5-7 years of aging. 93 points - Tasted Feb 2, 2017" (JL)