Chateau Leoville Barton 2016 - Case of 6 Bottles (75cl)
The 2016 Leoville-Barton is 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 2026 - 2055.
Country/Region: France, Saint Julien
Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon 86%, Merlot 14%
Packaging: OWC - 6x750ml
Robert Parker: 93-95 /100