Vinous Table: The Sportsman, Kent, UK (Sep 2022)

Next came a 1970 Léoville Barton. Predating Anthony Barton, this was not an auspicious era for one of my favourite Saint-Julien estates. With rusty old nails on the nose and a touch of chlorophyll, this lacks the cohesion of its peers. The palate is better with decent weight, surprisingly sweet (maybe chaptalized?) fruit, nice balance, yet far away from what you would call a complex wine. I wonder if there are superior examples out there.