2015 Chateau Leoville Barton La Reserve de Leoville Barton

Year: 2015
Appellation: Saint-Julien
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 91
James Suckling: 93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.0%

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DUE IN: SUMMER 2018

Price :
$39.95

FANTASTIC SECOND LABEL IN THIS VINTAGE, HUGE SAVINGS

"Offers a wonderful display of dark fig, boysenberry and blackberry preserve flavors scored liberally with pastis, licorice snap and ganache notes. The roasted apple wood backdrop on the finish lets the fruit play out. Will be hard to lay off in the near-term. Best from 2020 through 2030. 4,583 cases made. –JM " (WS)

"A round and velvety second wine from Léoville Barton with currants, minerals and sandalwood. Medium to full body, ultra-fine tannins and a vivid finish. No new oak. Drink now or hold." (JS)

My Additional Two Sense:
TAKE IT FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH....97 POINTS, JEB DUNNUCK, FOR THE FIRST LABEL ($99.95+)
I absolutely loved the 2015 Léoville-Barton and this has everything you could want from a Left Bank Bordeaux. Cassis, smoked earth, graphite, tobacco leaf, and thrilling amounts of minerality all emerge from this inky colored, full-bodied, power-packed, brut of a Saint-Julien that holds everything together and stays pure, balanced and elegant on the palate. It has a lot of tannins, yet more than enough fruit. The 2015 is a blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Merlot, brought up in 60% new French oak, and it needs 7-8 years of bottle age and will shine for 2-3 decades. Bravo!

Winery Notes:
Blending:
70% Cabernet Sauvignon 22% Merlot 8% Cabernet Franc

Tasting:
Beautiful purple color, the nose is fresh, elegant and complex with slightly minty notes and ripe red fruits. The mouth is fleshy, the tannins are charming. This wine features power and finesse. Good potential with a very approachable style.