Chateau Leoville Barton
chateau leoville barton saint-julien (grand cru classe) 2016 750ml
CHATEAU LEOVILLE BARTON SAINT JULIEN 2016
#1 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2019
Intense ruby color, the nose reveals vivid notes of black fruits (black cherry, blackcurrant, blueberry) with a touch of ink. The mouth is ample, powerful and you feel the freshness of the red fruits. The tannins are delicate with a long finish.
Blend: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% MerloT
"Terrific intensity of dark berries, almost peppery blackcurrants and violets with attractive and integrated, spicy oak and an earthy edge. The palate has a super powerful and long, linear core with plenty of fruit flesh strapped in tight for a long and thrilling ride into the finish. A blend of 86 per cent cabernet and 14 per cent merlot. Try from 2024."
97 points, James Suckling
"This is so vivid as it brims with pastis-soaked plum, blackberry, black currant and blueberry paste flavors, all carried by a perfectly integrated brambly spine. Tar and ganache notes give the finish an extra kick while everything stays within the mouthwatering roasted apple wood frame. Both regal and rambunctious, this is St.-Julien to a T. Best from 2025 through 2040."
97 points, Wine Spectator
"The Barton family's flagship wine benefits hugely from the age of the vines. This wine is ripe and concentrated, rich in tannins but with the wonderful black fruits that can be conjured from this vineyard. It will age well and is likely to be ready to drink from 2026."
96 points, Wine Enthusiast
"Deep purple-colored and a classic Saint-Julien with its pure creme de cassis, graphite, liquid rock, and essence of lead pencil shavings, the 2016 Chateau LÃ©oville Barton is full-bodied, concentrated, and backward, with bright acidity and ripe yet certainly present and building tannins. This old-school, classic LÃ©oville 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."
96 points, Jeb Dunnuck