2016 Bordeaux – Leoville Barton, Margaux, Pavillion Rouge

by Edward Richardson

Out today is LÉOVILLE BARTON L&S at £372.50 per 6 bottles IB. The Wine Spectator gave this an outstanding 96-99/100(!). Jancis absolutely loved it too, scoring it 18/20. She praised its ‘glorious texture and flavour‘ and called it a ‘really a standout Barton.’ Jane Anson hailed it ‘a total triumph‘ and her ‘favourite for years at this property‘ (96/100). All we can do is add to the critical acclaim. We found the 2016 had amazing concentration and juicy savour without ever losing the wonderful clarity of expression that is so characteristic of this property. The release price also falls within our estimate so this comes very highly recommended.

MARGAUX was released today at £2,592 per 6 bottles IB. Neal Martin praised its ‘irresistible crescendo‘ and astonishing length. In fact, the finish is so long ‘you could probably write a letter to your friend enthusing about this wine before the aftertaste fades.’ In the letter you’d probably mention the score too – a mighty impressive 97-99/100 from Mr Martin.

Also from the Margaux stable is PAVILLON ROUGE at £690 per 6 bottles IB – well within our estimate. This wine had its highest ever percentage of Cabernet in the blend (84%), including two plots that usually make it into the grand vin. We found it quite difficult to judge at this stage but there is good intense fruit with impressive purity and precision. Galloni was totally convinced though, he gave it 90-93/100 and described this Pavillon as ‘flat-out delicious‘ and ‘one of the best recent vintages I have tasted.’

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