1996 Leoville Barton 750ml

France - Bordeaux - St Julien | Second Growth/ Red / Bordeaux Blend
1996 Leoville Barton

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International Wine Cellar | 92

Full ruby color. Blueberry, roasted nuts, mint and a hint of game on the nose. Fat, sweet and multilayered; rich, ripe and deep. Offers a generous mouthfeel for a young '96 from the Medoc. Substantial ripe tannins spread out over the palate. Very long, ripe aftertaste.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 84

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Wine Advocate | 92

This impressive wine is a classic. Although backward, it exhibits a dense ruby/purple color in addition to abundant black currant fruit intertwined with spicy oak and truffle-like scents. The wine is brilliantly made, full-bodied, and tightly-structured with plenty of muscle and outstanding concentration and purity. It should turn out to be a long-lived Leoville Barton, and somewhat of a sleeper. However, patience will be required.

Drink Dates: 2007-2030
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 122

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Wine Spectator | 90

A well-structured, racy red. Lovely, fresh aromas of raspberries, cream and currants. Medium- to full-bodied, with well-integrated tannins which are firm yet silky. One of the more reasonably priced top '96s.

Drink Dates: 2000+

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Score: 93
Author: Dnadoc00
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 01/14/2013
Drink Dates: 2013-2020
Drinking beautifully now. Tannins all resolved and well integrated. Nose of cassis and mild cedar. Medium body and acid.

1 of 1 people found this review useful.

Score: 92
Author: Pierre T184
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 06/01/2012

0 of 1 people found this review useful.

Author: darvid
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 03/16/2011
Drink Dates:
Decanted briefly. Typical profile of L-B at this stage - firm, promising, and not quite ready to unfurl. Those iron gates on the label are there for a reason. Became sweeter and richer, and tannins softened, with air. Needs another five years or so -- worth the wait, to judge from this outing.

1 of 1 people found this review useful.

Score: 90
Author: Ricknat1
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 10/17/2009
Drink Dates: 2014+
Fruit forward nose, cherry and leather. Very well balanced, medium sweetness with a taste of raisins and leather. Tannins still a little strong, but drinking nicely. Will get better. Light fruit and wood, barely getting anything on the nose. Dark fruits, heavy tannins, menthol, no finish now. Try again in 5 years or so. hard to rate

1 of 1 people found this review useful.

Score: 93
Author: flavio
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 06/26/2009
Drink Dates: 2009-2020
Beautiful berries aromas with a hint of mint. Medium to full bodied with soft tannins. Very long finish. Great wine!

1 of 2 people found this review useful.

More Vintages and Sizes of Leoville Barton:

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2000 (750ml)

About This Producer

Leoville-Barton is one of the five St. Julien Second Growth properties designated in the 1855 classification. It is often referred to as a "super-second", though, because its wines are at a quality level approaching that of a First Growth. The chateau is not only considered one of the top wines in St. Julien, but also one of the best values. Leoville-Barton wines have a higher percentage of Cabernet-Sauvignon than other proprietors' blends, a typical blend consisting of 70% Cabernet, 20% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Franc. Leoville-Barton produces a second label called La Reserve de Leoville-Barton. The Barton family owns both Chateau Langoa-Barton and Chateau Leoville-Barton, having acquired them in the 1820s.

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