1996 Chateau Leoville Barton

1996 Chateau Leoville Barton

1996 Chateau Leoville Barton

Saint julien, Bordeaux, France, 750ml
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An enormous, masculine, backward wine, Leoville-Barton's 1996 exhibits an opaque black/purple color, and sweet, earthy, prune, and blackcurrant aromas intertwined with scents of licorice and Asian spices. Enormous and full-bodied, with a sweet mid-palate and mouthsearing tannin in the finish, this exceptionally dense, powerful, layered wine will require significant patience. Its explosive power and richness may push this wine's ultimate rating into the mid-nineties. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2040. Robert Parker
  • Alcohol %: 12.5%
  • Decant Time: 2 hours
  • Taste: cassis, dark cherry, cedary oak, tobacco leaf, ripe fruit, lively acidity
  • Food Matching: Grilled lamb chops, Beef Wellington, Roasted duck breast, Mature hard cheeses
  • Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon : 72%, Merlot : 20%, Cabernet Franc : 8%,


Tasting note


The 1996 Chateau Leoville Barton is a testament to the grandeur of Saint-Julien terroir. This vintage exudes a deep, dark ruby hue, with a bouquet rich in cassis and framed by refined cedary oak. On the palate, it reveals sumptuous dark-cherry fruit, elevated by a vibrant acidity. The tannins are abundant yet velvety, contributing to a concentrated mid-palate. The wine is impeccably balanced with alcohol, and the lingering finish is adorned with notes of cassis and tobacco leaf. A wine of exceptional depth and structure, it promises to evolve gracefully.

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