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Château Léoville Barton 2023 released En Primeur 

  • Château Léoville Barton 2023 has been released at £670 per 12×75. 
  • The wine received a barrel score of 92-94 points from Neal Martin. 
  • Buyers looking for value might want to consider the 2017 and 2021 vintages. 

As part of this year’s Bordeaux En Primeur campaign, Château Leoville Barton 2023 has been released at €55.80 per bottle ex-négociant, down 13.1% on the 2022 release (€64.2 per bottle).   

It is being offered by the international trade for £670 per 12×75, a 14.1% decrease on the 2022’s opening price (£780 per case).   

At this price, the 2017 and 2021 vintages offer good value to buyers. See more pricing analysis below.   

Critical response 

Neal Martin (Vinous) gave the wine a barrel score of 92-94 points. Whilst according to Martin, ‘it does not match the imperious 2022, it is a very impressive follow-up’. 

Jane Anson described the wine as ‘understated’ and ‘gloriously drinkable’, awarding a score of 97 points. 

The wine received a score range of 94-96 points from William Kelley (The Wine Advocate). He adds that it is a ‘lovely classic in the making, unfurling in the glass with aromas of cassis and blackberries mingled with notions of pencil shavings, licorice and violets’.  

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW (The Wine Independent) also awarded the wine a score of 94-96 points, noting ‘fragrant scents of violets, fertile loam, and rose oil leading to a core of redcurrant jelly, cassis, and licorice with a touch of cardamom’.  

We will be adding all scores to the critics grid as they are released here. Sign up for release alerts to keep up to date.    

Pricing analysis 

While today’s release comes in at a discount to last year’s, it remains more expensive than many vintages currently available on the market. There are options in back-vintages that offer reasonable value to buyers.  

The 2017 and 2021 vintages, both receiving 94 points from Neal Martin, are available at a discount to today’s release and may be of interest to buyers. The 2017 benefits from extra time in bottle and last traded at £532 per 12×75, while the 2021 currently has a Market Price of £530.  

The 2014 may also present a compelling options to buyers – it is available at a discount to the 2023 release and received 96 points from jane Anson when she tasted it in February this year. The 2018, with 95 points from Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW may also be of interest.

Use our ready-made list to easily spot opportunities in back-vintages of Château Léoville Barton and other Bordeaux wines. 

Our Bordeaux En Primeur 2023 page contains everything you need to know about this year’s campaign. You can also sign up for our daily En Primeur email alerts using the form below.      

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