Leoville Barton 2016

St Julien, Second Growth

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Tasting Notes

The 2016 Léoville-Barton is fabulous. A wine of breadth and power, the 2016 has so much to offer. The black cherry, chocolate, gravel, smoke and licorice flavors are all boldly sketched. A host of expressive savory and mineral notes develop into the substantial finish.

Score: 96

Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com Maturity: 2026-2046 01 January 2019

The 2016 Léoville Barton has a beautiful bouquet of blackberry, gravel and hints of black truffle and pencil shavings, blossoming with aeration yet remaining classic in style. The palate is medium-bodied with gorgeous ripe tannins that exert gentle grip. Lightly spiced and wonderfully focused, leaving the tongue tingling with glee long after the wine has departed. This is one of the finest wines from the estate in recent years.

Score: 95

Neal Martin, Vinous.com Maturity: 2022-2040 01 January 2019

The 2016 Leoville-Barton is a blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Merlot picked from 29 September until 13 October, matured in 60% new oak and delivering 13% alcohol. It has a more intense bouquet compared to the Langoa-Barton, plenty of intense blackberry and raspberry fruit, minerals, cedar and a hint of licorice. The palate is a little chewy on the entry with good grip in the mouth. This demonstrates the backbone of the finish, just the right amount of spiciness with excellent salinity on the long finish. It is not a once-in-a-lifetime Leoville Barton, but (as usual) it just seems to do everything right. Maybe it's not quite up there with the stellar 2015 Léoville Barton, which I re-tasted at the time, but it is not far off.

Score: 93 - 95

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2026-2055 28 April 2017

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Leoville Barton delivers a superstar nose of crème de cassis, plum preserves and blueberry compote with suggestions of fragrant earth, unsmoked cigars, licorice and cedar chest. Medium to full-bodied, rich and seductive with firm yet velvety tannins, it has a decadently rich finish.

Score: 95

Lisa Perotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2021-2046 30 November 2018

Restrained but textured, a confident delivery of lashings of cassis, bilberry and blackberry fruits. This is an exceptional Léoville-Barton that sacrifices none of its St-Julien signature while delivering a powerful, beautifully sculpted wine. This is a total triumph, my favourite for years at this property.

Score: 96

Decanter Maturity: 2027-2050 20 April 2017

86% CS, 14% . Deep colour. Pronounced aromas of black fruit, lift and perfume and a hint of breadiness. Gorgeously vibrant berries in the mouth, fresh and intense with ripe, high quality tannins and a long fruit-driven finish. Very good

Score: 94 - 96

Albany Vintners 19 April 2017

Dark blackish purple. Less obviously aromatic than Langoa. Tea-leaf notes. Round texture with gloriously ripe tannins. Really a standout Barton. So unusually supple! Yet with masses of tannins underneath. This will surely be one of the vintage's longer-living wines. Glorious texture and flavour. Utterly minerally dry, but not drying. Very good freshness - much fresher than many of its peers. Real energy.

Score: 18

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2027-2047 18 April 2017

This packs some serious punch and drive, with a terrific core of blueberry, açai and plum reduction notes, backed by waves of graphite and roasted apple wood. Has the pleasantly chewy feel typical of St.-Julien, along with an extra-racy graphite edge.

Score: 96 - 99

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator 06 April 2017

Tight and chewy with a solid tannin structure and depth of fruit. Full body and lots of depth and texture. A Barton with lots happening already. Develops beautifully on the palate. Should be better than the 2015.

Score: 95 - 96

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com 24 March 2017