CHÂTEAU LÉOVILLE BARTON
1996 2ème Cru Classé Saint Julien
|Grapes||Cab Sauv, Cab Franc, Merlot|
|Classification||2ème Cru Classé|
The 1996 Leoville Barton appears more youthful than the 1996 Langoa Barton in the glass with a healthy deep garnet core. The aromatics unfurl gracefully in the glass revealing briary, wild hedgerow, black truffle and sandalwood scents -- firmly in secondary aroma stage but with appreciable presence and intensity. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannin that form its firm and classic structure, spice, white pepper and cloves infusing the slightly animally red berry fruit. This is an adorable Léoville Barton that is occupying a very "happy" place at the moment -- superb precision, old school claret at its best. Decant for an hour no more, then enjoy. Tasted July 2016. Drinking range: 2016 - 2035 Rating: 93-93 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (Oct 2010)
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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. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2030. Drinking range: 2007 - 2030 Rating: 92-92 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (Apr 1999)
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