1996 Leoville Barton 750ml

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

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 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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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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Customer Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 93
Author: Jito72
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 04/16/2015
Drink Dates: 2012-2024
This is just getting his mature stage, starting to develop cedary notes although its fruit core (blackberry, blackcherry primary) then comes the anise, licorice, tannins are present but starting to softness now and acidity level have down a little from last time and finish is medium to long. Very interesting and satisfying...very well made. I like it!

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.

1 of 1 people found this review useful.

Rating: 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.

Rating: 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.

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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.

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