TN: 1998 Château Léoville Barton (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien)

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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Thanks for the note David,
I have one bottle of this vintage that I bought on close-out and have been vacillating about when to open it. I have queued it up several times only to send it back to the cellar. Sounds like you think it is pretty wide open.

1998 Left Banks are drinking good now. Right Bank and Graves still babies.

David - which is your favorite Leoville estate?

Barton. Las Cases is too expensive, and I do not particularly care for the style of modern Poyferre.