1996 Leoville Barton

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / SAINT-JULIEN
  • 98 WA
  • 95 WS
  • 97 IWC
  • 85 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 52976-1996-750-3A
  • Rating: 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.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 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.
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 95


    Firm and focused, with beautifully articulated currant, raspberry and nutmeg aromas and flavors; very supple for such a lean-textured Bordeaux. Approaching drinkability, but it can use until 2000 to soften.--Léoville Las Cases vertical.           
    Author: Harvey Steiman
    Issue: Feb 15, 1992
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 97


    Saturated dark ruby. Cassis, shoe polish, camphor and rose petal on the nose; this reminded me of a great vintage of Latour. Dense and extremely concentrated; explosive yet totally backward. There nothing playful about this infant claret. Finishes with extraordinary, slow-building persistence. Very serious juice; one of the great Bordeaux of the 1980s. Drink 2010 through 2035. Reviewed: July 2002

    Drink Dates: 2010-2035
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17


    Bright ruby. Iodine nose. Just a little bit dusty with a dry finish but with real density. This is, unusually, a 1986 that still has some developing to do. Reviewed: July 2016

    Drink Dates: 2005-2020
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 98


    The 1986 Leoville-Las Cases is still so youthful in appearance after 30 years, with only a thin bricking on the rim giving away its age. The bouquet is magnificent: extraordinarily pure and delineated, bewitching black fruit laced with cedar and graphite, the latter lending an almost Pauillac-like personality. The palate is exactly as I have found the previous dozen or so bottles I have tasted: structured, delineated, intense, aristocratic and imperious. It is less formidable than say, ten years ago, so it has probably just stepped onto its drinking plateau. The acidity is perfectly judged lending freshness and tension, crucial to counterbalance those layers of spicy black fruit that fans out with cedar and graphite (again) towards the finish. You come away with the feeling of having consumed a wine with immense energy, yet with so much more to give over the next three decades, and knowing this property, perhaps even the three decades after that! I would agree with the late Michel Delon: the 1986 Léoville Las-Cases is the summit of the 1980s. Tasted September 2016.

    Drink Dates: 2016-2060
    Author: Neal Martin
    Issue: 228
  • Self | Rating: 100

    Author: Spike
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: Pierre T184
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Beautiful berries aromas with a hint of mint. Medium to full bodied with soft tannins. Very long finish. Great wine!
    Drink Dates: 2009-2020
    Author: flavio
  • Self | Rating:

    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.
    Author: darvid
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Drinking beautifully now. Tannins all resolved and well integrated. Nose of cassis and mild cedar. Medium body and acid.
    Drink Dates: 2013-2020
    Author: Dnadoc00
  • Self | Rating: 92

    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
    Drink Dates: 2014+
    Author: Ricknat1
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Reminded me of a 3 year old Bordeaux, considering the wine still had toasty, spicy oak elements in its sweet, inviting nose. Other characteristics of melted asphalt, graphite, currant, roast coffee and chocolate ganache make themselves apparent in the palate, which seems nearly precocious until the palate trails away to absolutely nowhere, making me question the wines overall quality and potential. Yet another bottle that almost tricks you into thinking it is a classic, until the true colors show
    Drink Dates: 04-01-2008
    Author: Brad Coelho
  • Self | Rating: 94

    This is a classic Barton and classic St. Julien, well made and balanced between ripe fruit, oak and tannins. Is mature and full of complexities you expect from this well value, trustee 2nd classified Bordeaux chateau. IT has leather, cedar, ripe fruit and toasty oak but is such balance ...all were so well integrated that is very easy to drink and to enjoy. Medium to full body, medium acidity and medium to long finish. Tasted from Magnum bottle.
    Drink Dates: 2011-2024
    Author: Jito72
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

  • 2493 bottles owned
  • 358 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 358 collectors)