2003 Château Léoville Barton, France, Bordeaux, St. Julien, Wine Review
This was from the crazy hot, 2003 vintage. Purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose has cassis, tobacco, slight leather, damp earth and spice. Full bodied. Good balance. On the palate, this is ripe but certainly not over ripe. No prunes or raisins. A really amazing Bordeaux that is just getting to maturity. Loads of cassis with some spice and a bit of Bordeaux funk. Long finish. This should continue to drink well for another ten to fifteen years. Nice on its own, but better with food. This went well with roasted root vegetables and rice.