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1996 Leoville Barton Bordeaux Blend - France - Bordeaux - St Julien - Red - Second Growth

France - Bordeaux - St Julien

Red Bordeaux Blend - Second Growth
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Leoville-Barton is one of the five St. Julien Second Growth properties designated in the 1855 classification. It is often referred to as a "super-second", though, because its wines are at a quality level approaching that of a First Growth. The chateau is not only considered one of the top wines in St. Julien, but also one of the best values. Leoville-Barton wines have a higher percentage of... More »

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Drink Dates
Comm: 2013-2020
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Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 84
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Source Jancis Robinson
Author Dnadoc00
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 92.857%
Tasted On 01/14/2013
Drink Dates 2013-2020

Drinking beautifully now. Tannins all resolved and well integrated. Nose of cassis and mild cedar. Medium body and acid.

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Author Pierre T184
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 95.794%
Tasted On 06/01/2012
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Author darvid
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 03/16/2011
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Decanted briefly. Typical profile of L-B at this stage - firm, promising, and not quite ready to unfurl. Those iron gates on the label are there for a reason. Became sweeter and richer, and tannins softened, with air. Needs another five years or so -- worth the wait, to judge from this outing.

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Author Ricknat1
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.332%
Tasted On 10/17/2009
Drink Dates 2014+

Fruit forward nose, cherry and leather. Very well balanced, medium sweetness with a taste of raisins and leather. Tannins still a little strong, but drinking nicely. Will get better. Light fruit and wood, barely getting anything on the nose. Dark fruits, heavy tannins, menthol, no finish now. Try again in 5 years or so. hard to rate

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Author flavio
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 94.828%
Tasted On 06/26/2009
Drink Dates 2009-2020

Beautiful berries aromas with a hint of mint. Medium to full bodied with soft tannins. Very long finish. Great wine!

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Author Spike
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 78.333%
Tasted On 08/12/2008
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Author Brad Coelho
Site / Blog Unidentified Appellation Trust Rating 97.154%
Tasted On 06/18/2008
Drink Dates 04/01/2008

Reminded me of a 3 year old Bordeaux, considering the wine still had toasty, spicy oak elements in its sweet, inviting nose. Other characteristics of melted asphalt, graphite, currant, roast coffee and chocolate ganache make themselves apparent in the palate, which seems nearly precocious until the palate trails away to absolutely nowhere, making me question the wines overall quality and potential. Yet another bottle that almost tricks you into thinking it is a classic, until the true colors show

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The Leoville Tasting
This was a tasting the the three properties that were separated at the turn of the century into Leoville Las Cases, Leoville Barton and Leoville Poyferre.  The tasting was blind and done by vintage.  Vintages tasted...


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