1996 Leoville Barton 750ml

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WA 92   IWC 92   WS 90   Collector 93
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | 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.

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

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 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 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.

Drink Dates: 2000+

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

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.

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Rating: 94
Author: Jito72
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 04/25/2015
Drink Dates: 2011-2024
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.

Rating: 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.

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Rating: 93
Author: McCollisterEstate
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 05/27/2015
lovely notes of blackberry and black currant

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

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Average rating: 89, based on 8 reviews
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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.

See other similar producers: Chateau Lascombes, Chateau Beychevelle, Chateau Haut Brion

Wine Varietal: Bordeaux Blend

Six varieties are permitted to be used in a red Bordeaux blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and, less frequently, Carmenere. Each lends a specific characteristic to the finished blends, most of which are dominated by large percentages of either Cabernet Sauvignon, which brings aromatics and age-ability, or Merlot, which adds softness and body. In the Bordeaux region, Cabernet blends are found on the Left Bank and Merlot on the Right.

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