2004 Ch. Léoville-Barton, St Julien

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Anthony Barton was not over-estimating this wine when he compared it to his outstanding 1996 - it is unquestionably of super Second Growth quality. With its more masculine style, this is always the star performer of the Barton brace and the 2004 expresses all that is best about this aristocratic estate. The nose is very fine and displays multi-faceted, lively fruit characteristics.The palate is dense with delicious, ripe, complex blackcurrant fruit and a fabulous, long, cool finish. This is a resounding success for the Barton family and is undoubtedly one of the star wines of the vintage.