2016 Chateau Leoville Barton

Year: 2016
Appellation: Saint-Julien
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 96-99
Wine Advocate: 95+
Vinous Media: 93-96
James Suckling: 95-96
Jeb Dunnuck: 96+--Wine Enthusiast: 97-99--Jeff Leve: 96
Red Wine

Pre-Order
DUE IN: SUMMER 2019

Price :
$109.95

"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 range: 96-99 -JM " (WS)

"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." (WA)

"The 2016 Léoville-Barton is superb. Precision, nuance and delineation are the signatures in a wine that speaks to class above all else. Eloquent and nuanced to the core, the 2016 is simply magnificent. There is a fair bit of tannin, but the grain is very, very fine. The 2016 is not a huge Léoville-Barton, but it is a wine of nobility and pedigree. Tasted two times." (VM)

"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." (JS)

"Deep purple-colored and a classic Saint-Julien with its pure crème de cassis, graphite, liquid rock, and essence of lead pencil shavings, the 2016 Château Léoville Barton is full-bodied, concentrated, and backward, with bright acidity and ripe yet certainly present and building tannins. This old-school, classic Léoville Barton has a fine thread of acidity keeping the wine focused and fresh. It’s a beauty, but mostly potential at this point, although it does have beautiful fruit. Savvy readers will hide bottles at the back of their cellar, and I wouldn’t start to think about opening bottles for a least a decade. It’s going to be incredibly long-lived. The blend of the 2016 is 86% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Merlot, brought up in 60% new French oak." (JD)

"97–99. Barrel Sample. This is a powerful wine, with superb tannins and blackberry fruits. It has a dense texture allied to stylish fruitiness and acidity. The result is a wine with the potential to age over a long period of time, while probably showing well starting in 2028." (WE)

"This just keeps getting better as it ages in barrel. Showing more depth and concentration, the wine has a polish to its textures, making an even better treat so you can really get into the sweet, ripe, black and dark red fruits, licorice and cigar wrapper nuances. Powerful, refined and long, 15 years in the cellar will allow the wine to really step into high gear. 6548 Views Tasted May 13, 2018" (JL)