CHÂTEAU LÉOVILLE BARTON

1996 2ème Cru Classé Saint Julien

Grapes Merlot, Cab Sauv, Cab Franc
Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Haut Médoc
Village Saint Julien
Classification 2ème Cru Classé

On three separate occasions, Léoville-Barton's 1996 proved to be spectacular, not surprising in view of the fact that this effort is from a château that has produced nothing less than top-flight wines for more than a decade. The 1996 possesses explosive richness, undoubtedly from a higher percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the final blend. The colour is a dense, opaque purple/black. The wine gives up sweet cassis fruit, with pain grillé notes. The attack is fabulous, with layers of structured, super-concentrated, sweet fruit making a massive impression. This is a powerful, full-bodied, layered, multi-dimensional wine that will require patience. The 1996 will need 12-15 years to reach full maturity, yet it will last for more than three decades. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2030 Rating: 92-92 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (Mar 2005)

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