Léoville-Barton 2016, a straightforward and aromatic Saint-Julien
In 2016, Château Léoville-Barton, an 1855 classified wine from the appellation Saint-Julien, harvested its Cabernets Sauvignon and its Merlots between the 29th of September and 13th of October. The blend incorporates 86% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Merlot. Very straightforward this year with a beautiful structure - a character linked to the high proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon, truly splendid in 2016 - Léoville-Barton gains in shoulder width without denying its classic style and Saint-Julien style finish, a style also characteristic of this property.
Léoville-Barton 2016 has a dark and purplish colour. The nose is fine and dense at the same time, with an aromatic character that is a bit mute. Stirring awakens the wine, which provides nice fruity aromas of raspberry, crushed blackberry, and a balsamic (cedar) character. The entry in mouth is precise with good acid support. The mid-palate is aromatic, of great drinkability and freshness, rather tense and juicy on tannins of great maturity and fine grain. The finish is elegant and long on the fruit. What density and class!
Wine Advocate-Parker :
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.