Robert M. Parker (Wine Advocate): 96+ Punkte
A splendid showing, much stronger from bottle than it was from barrel, the Leoville Barton is one of the spectacular wines of the vintage. Inky purple to the rim, its huge tannin gives this wine real potential for 30-50 years of longevity. It is a classic, powerful Bordeaux made with no compromise. A superstar of the vintage, the wine has notes of pen ink and creme de cassis, good acidity, sweet, subtle oak, and massive extraction and concentration. I thought it was one of the most backward wines of the vintage two years ago, and nothing has changed in the ensuing upbringing of the wine in cask except that the wine now seems even richer, denser and fuller than I previously thought. The beautiful purity, symmetry, and huge finish of nearly a minute make this one of the all-time great classics from Leoville Barton. Anticipated maturity: 2028-2065+. Genussreife: 2028-2065+
Weinwisser (René Gabriel): 18/20 Punkte 77 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 21 % Merlot, 2 % Cabernet Franc. 40 hl/ha. Sattes Purpur-Granat. Nobles Bouquet mit viel würzigem, tiefgründigem Cabernet-Touch, Brombeeren und Cassis und Palisandernoten. Seidiger Gaumen, lang geformt, mit eleganter Adstringenz, Lakritze und wieder viel Cassis im sehr langen Finale, bei dem man sich dann hinten etwas mehr Druck gewünscht hätte. Genussreife: 2018-2055
Wine Spectator (James Molesworth): 96 Punkte Takes a modern approach, with dark mocha- and espresso-infused toast leading the way, featuring an extra ganache kicker before dark currant preserves and roasted plum fruit strides in. Dense and extracted through the polished finish, this features a charcoal spine that gives rise to extra blueberry and pastis notes. Should cruise in the cellar. Best from 2018 through 2038.
Decanter (Steven Spurrier): 18,5/20 Punkte Fine concentration, quite understated at the start, then the purity and depth of fruit, classical Leoville firm texture and length becomes plain, a wine that repays keeping. Genussreife: 2020-2040