2016 - Ch Léoville Barton 2ème Cru St Julien
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Léoville Barton
Region
St Julien
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2025 - 2045
Case size
12x75cl

2016 CH LÉOVILLE BARTON 2ÈME CRU ST JULIEN - 12x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Léoville Barton
Region
St Julien
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2025 - 2045
Case size
12x75cl

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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, April 2017,
    Score: 97-98

    This is an absolute masterpiece. 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot. This ever-popular estate in the heart of St Julien is one of the stand-out successes of 2016. The inky depths of the wine are mirrored in its intense black fruit perfume, its tannic content, and its generous velvety volume. One of the best the estate has made. CP

  • NM1

    Neal Martin, January 2019,
    Score: 95

    The 2016 Léoville Barton has a beautiful bouquet of blackberry, gravel and hints of black truffle and pencil shavings, blossoming with aeration yet remaining classic in style. The palate is medium-bodied with gorgeous ripe tannins that exert gentle grip. Lightly spiced and wonderfully focused, leaving the tongue tingling with glee long after the wine has departed. This is one of the finest wines from the estate in recent years. 2022 - 2040

  • NM

    Neal Martin, April 2017,
    Score: 93-95

    The 2016 Leoville-Barton is a blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Merlot picked from 29 September until 13 October, matured in 60% new oak and delivering 13% alcohol. It has a more intense bouquet compared to the Langoa-Barton, plenty of intense blackberry and raspberry fruit, minerals, cedar and a hint of licorice. The palate is a little chewy on the entry with good grip in the mouth. This demonstrates the backbone of the finish, just the right amount of spiciness with excellent salinity on the long finish. It is not a once-in-a-lifetime Leoville Barton, but (as usual) it just seems to do everything right. Maybe it's not quite up there with the stellar 2015 Léoville Barton, which I re-tasted at the time, but it is not far off. Drink Date 2026 - 2055

  • AG1

    Antonio Galloni, Janaury 2019,
    Score: 96

    The 2016 Léoville-Barton is fabulous. A wine of breadth and power, the 2016 has so much to offer. The black cherry, chocolate, gravel, smoke and licorice flavors are all boldly sketched. A host of expressive savory and mineral notes develop into the substantial finish. 2026 - 2046

  • AG

    Antonio Galloni, April 2017,
    Score: 93-96

    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.

  • JS

    James Suckling, April 2017,
    Score: 95-96

    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.

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, April 2017,
    Score: 18+

    (86 Cabernet Sauvignon, 14 Merlot) | 60% new oak | 13% alc. With exactly the same statistics and also the same blend as the 2015 vintage you could not have imagined two such different wines. The nose is more open and the palate is more focussed and closed than the 2015 (Lilian Sartorious always shows the last two vintages at her tastings). It was amazing how contrasting these wines are and, of course, the weather is the reason. In 2016, this wine is elongated and slightly less exuberant but it is also seemingly fruitier and more expressive. The oak is very sexy, with cinnamon touches overlaying the sleek cassis fruit. Which vintage do I prefer – I think that the 2016 has the edge.

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2017,
    Score: 18

    Dark blackish purple. Less obviously aromatic than Langoa. Tea-leaf notes. Round texture with gloriously ripe tannins. Really a standout Barton. So unusually supple! Yet with masses of tannins underneath. This will surely be one of the vintage's longer-living wines. Glorious texture and flavour. Utterly minerally dry, but not drying. Very good freshness – much fresher than many of its peers. Real energy. Drink 2027-2047

  • TA

    Tim Atkin, May 2017,
    Score: 93

    Making no concessions to sensitive taste buds during en primeur week, this is an unashamedly firm, tannic, densely constructed St Julien that needs at least another decade in bottle. Oaky, firm and compact, with layers of damson, graphite and blackcurrant fruit and a grippy finish. 2027-40

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Producer

Château Léoville Barton

One of the great names in classically styled claret, Léoville Barton has been owned by the same family throughout its entire existence - an unheard of rarity in Bordeaux. Their roots can be traced back to 1826, when Hugh Barton bought 50 hectares of vines in the heart of St Julien and subsequently Château Leoville Barton was made a 2ème Cru Classe in the 1855 classification. Today, the Château is run by Anthony Barton’s daughter Lillian and her son Damien Barton-Sartorius. Unusual for the Médoc region, there is no château based on the property. As a result, the wines are vinified and aged at neighbouring Langoa Barton, which as its name suggests, is also owned by the Barton family.

Region

St Julien

St Julien is like the middle child of the Médoc - not as assertive as Pauillac or as coquettish as Margaux. It lies firmly between the two more outspoken communes and as a result produces a blend of them both. St Julien's wines have often been sought out by aficionados for their balance and consistency, particularly in the UK. Yet due to its middle child nature, it can occasionally be overlooked globally and as a result underrated by those markets outside the UK. Despite the fact that it has no first growths, it has several second growths including Léoville Las Cases, Léoville Barton, Léoville Poyferré and Ducru Beaucaillou as well as the celebrated châteaux such as Talbot and Beychevelle.