Leoville Barton 2018 was released this morning at €61.80 per bottle ex-negociant, up 17% on the 2017’s opening price of €52.80. It is being offered by the international trade at £758 per 12×75, up 15.9% on the 2017 release of £654 per case.

James Suckling described the wine as “very structured and powerful” and awarded it 95-96 points. Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW (The Wine Advocate) scored it a similar range of 94-96 points and said that “the 2018 Léoville Barton simply sings of crushed black cherries, blackcurrant cordial and wild blueberries”.

Antonio Galloni (Vinous), who gave the wine 93-96 points, further noted that “in 2018 Leoville-Barton has an extra dimension of volume and resonance, yet it never loses its super-classic mid-weight structure and regal bearing”.

Today’s release also achieved 97-99 points from The Wine Doctor’s Chris Kissack, who said that “this is a tour de force, a hugely impressive example of this wine”, and 96-99 points from James Molesworth (Wine Spectator) who called it “a stunner”.

Leoville Barton has produced a number of serious wines over recent years. As the chart above shows, many of them are currently available below today’s release price.