Réserve de Léoville Barton 2012
A SUPERB SECOND WINE FROM THE BARTONS
As attention turns to Bordeaux and the impending 2017 en primeur campaign, I wanted to highlight the second wine of one of our favourite and best respected chateau from the 2012 vintage, not for the future but for enjoying right now.
David Roberts MW said of 2012: “Our first impression of the vintage is that it has produced, albeit in a lighter style, some of the most pleasurable drinking wines of the last 15 years.” At five years old this Reserve de Léoville Barton is a ringing endorsement of that early assessment.
Gloriously fruit-driven, full of red summer berries, blueberries and currants, this is drinking brilliantly now. Not a powerhouse, but beautifully balanced between a rounded palate, restrained tannins and a touch of freshness on the finish.
Neal Martin describes the wine as, “a fruit-driven, open, pure raspberry and crushed strawberry scented bouquet” and “designed to seduce”. At just over £25 per bottle on your table this is guaranteed to please.
A superb second wine for immediate drinking or to lay down for another few years. Limited availability of halves and magnums. Don’t miss out.
Tasted blind at the Southwold Bordeaux tasting. The 2012 Réserve de Léoville-Barton has a fruit-driven, open, pure raspberry and crushed strawberry scented bouquet that is simple but designed to seduce. "Punter friendly," as they say. The palate is medium-bodied with a sweet entry, fleshy in the mouth, soft tannin with a smudged, easy-drinking, commercially-minded finish. Tasted January 2016. Drink 2016-2021
Tight and flavorful with blueberries, currants and fresh earth character plus just a hint of minerals. Medium to full body, fine tannins and a fresh finish. Drink or hold.