The Wine

Leoville Barton, Bordeaux, France 1982

Profile: The 50 hectares of Leoville and 17 hectares of Langoa, planted in gravelly soil with a clay sub-soil, include large proportions of old vines in order to obtain the best quality. The grape varieties is 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc for Leoville Barton, while Langoa Barton's terroir is shared as follows 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc. Both properties have the same vinification methods.

The wines are typical of Saint-Julien area, well balanced wines with subtle bouquets and flavors; the emphasis being on elegance and finesse rather than on power and extraction. This achieved by picking the grapes at their maximum ripeness and allowing the fermentation to take place at a controlled temperature of 30/32°C. Although excessive extraction is avoided by removing the juice from the skins at the appropriate time, the wines have a lovely deep color, excellent structure and sufficient tannins to ensure good ageing potential.

Tasting Notes: Blackcurrant, Vanilla, Cedar, Cigar-box, Leather and Earthy

Wine Facts

  • producer: Chateau Leoville Barton
  • varietal: Bordeaux Blend Red
  • country: France
  • vintage: 1982
  • region: Saint-Julien
  • size: 750ml

The Collector

George WatryManaged inventory client since 2020.

“I started collecting wine in the late 1980s beginning with 2 bottles of this wine for $50/btl. I have seen prices for as much as 10x that since. While it is wonderful to know that my wine has appreciated greatly, it was just as wonderful a few days ago savoring how well this delicious wine tasted after almost 40 years when cellared carefully.” was just as wonderful a few days ago savoring how well this delicious wine tasted after almost 40 years when cellared carefully.

The Commentary

Owen Bargreen

“1982 Chateau Léoville-Barton- The 1982 Chateau Léoville-Barton red wine is a stunning bottling from this famed vintage in Bordeaux. Generously shared by some friends, and needing very little time in the decanter to evolve, the 1982 Léoville-Barton opens with a captivating nose of sour red cherry, cigar box with shades of white truffle and a striking herbaceousness.

There is a wonderful, seamless quality to this wine that evokes a harmonious balance on the mid-palate. A bright saline streak dashes through this incredible wine. Showing a wonderfully soft mouthfeel, the wine slowly unveils layers of sour red fruits, exotic spices, red bell pepper, anise and hints of wild blackberry that all marvelously combine with the toasty oak. While absolutely delightful now, this stunning wine will has more than a decade of life left. Drink 2019-2035.”

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