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1986 Château Léoville Barton

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / SAINT-JULIEN
  • 90 WS
  • 88 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 52976-1986

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  • Bordeaux Book(1998) | Rating: 92

    In contrast to the elegant, graceful, finesse-filled 1985 (which may turn out to resemble the classic 1953 in 15 years), the 1986 is a great wine, but so, so backward and tannic. This huge, dense, medium- to full-bodied wine exhibits tremendously rich, classic, weedy, black currant fruitiness with airing, and boasts the judicious use of new oak barrels. The tannins are elevated, but then this is a seriously concentrated, old-style, intense wine for long-term cellaring. The more I taste the 1986 Leoville-Barton, the more impressed I become with the wine's extraordinary power, density, and richness. However, it is not a wine for readers seeking immediate gratification. Although spectacular, it requires another 5-6 years of cellaring. It will easily last for half a century. Last tasted 3/97
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

    Locked up tight with dense currant, spice and cedar flavors framed by tannins. On the finish there are hints of elegance and grace.
    Author: James Laube
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    Still young-looking and - young-smelling. Very full and rich nose. Opulent. Slightly dusty. Even more robust than most other vintages.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
    Issue: 01/23/2008
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Believe it or not, this wine is still inky! I wonder if it has budged at all through the past couple decades? A flamboyant, youthful and exuberant nose that is full of cassis, truffles, loam, mocha, lilacs and even hints at fig in its underbelly. While the palate has a subtle decadence about itself, fashioned with layers of chocolate covered cherries, the texture becomes so overtly muscular on the finish & completely dries out the palate. I couldn'thelp but think of a young Nebbiolo when I was greeted w/ the ?86 Barton?s series set of tannins. A true vin de garde, masculine to a t. While this wine will undoubtedly hold for decades, will it ever actually evolve? Makes me think of the evolution for a Napa cab in that regard?
    Drink Dates: 04-01-2008
    Author: Brad Coelho
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Opened 60 min and decanted 30 min prior consumption. No unpleasant aging tones. Very complex with long aftertaste. Incredible bouquet.
    Author: riffmaker
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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Collector Data For This Wine

  • 391 bottles owned
  • 94 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 94 collectors)