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1996 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien

SKU #110393 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 1996 Leoville Barton appears more youthful than the 1996 Langoa Barton in the glass with a healthy deep garnet core. The aromatics unfurl gracefully in the glass revealing briary, wild hedgerow, black truffle and sandalwood scents -- firmly in secondary aroma stage but with appreciable presence and intensity. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannin that form its firm and classic structure, spice, white pepper and cloves infusing the slightly animally red berry fruit. This is an adorable Léoville Barton that is occupying a very 'happy' place at the moment -- superb precision, old school claret at its best. Decant for an hour no more, then enjoy. (NM) Inner quote mark (10/2016)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Blueberry, roasted nuts, mint and a hint of game on the nose. Fat, sweet and multilayered; rich, ripe and deep. Offers a generous mouthfeel for a young '96 from the Medoc. Substantial ripe tannins spread out over the palate. Very long, ripe aftertaste. (ST) Inner quote mark (5/1999)

91 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Wild berries on the nose, with an exotic flower undertone. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long, rich finish. Gorgeous red. Give it time. (JS, Web—2007) Inner quote mark


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By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/4/2011 | Send Email
This was one of the hits of the tasting. Expressive now, this showed dried cranberry, cassis and plum. The beautiful palate displayed dried red fruit, a background of cassis, earth, spice and graphite. The tannins are mostly resolved, with some coming through on the long finish of spice and dried fruit.

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