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2012 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien

SKU #1204196 94-96 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Firmly tannic in character, this wine is dry and extracted. There's potential for this powerful, impressive wine to bear the wine's very dry character with the weight of its fruit. (RV) Inner quote mark (4/2013)

92 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Dense black-red, firm, quite spicy Cabernet Sauvignon, both ripeness and firmness is there, elegance over power and a good future. (SS) Inner quote mark (10/2015)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Dense ruby/purple, with cassis licorice and forest floors notes in the aromatics, Léoville-Barton’s 2012 is a relatively big, rich, masculine style of wine. This full-bodied wine needs 5-8 years of cellaring and should evolve easily for 25-30 years. (RP) Inner quote mark (4/2015)

91 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Floral and fruity red with hints of vanilla. Medium to full body, fine tannins and a crisp finish. Loosely knit. This needs three or four years to come together. Better after 2018. Inner quote mark (2/2015)

91 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2012 Leoville-Barton is laced with dark red and blue-fleshed stone fruits, spices, sweet spice, mint and licorice. This is a decidedly understated, forward Leoville-Barton that will drink well with minimal cellaring. The classic Leoville-Barton signatures aren't fully developed. Perhaps I caught the 2012 in an awkward stage, but today the wine is quite introspective and gives the impression of not being fully formed. 91+ (AG) Inner quote mark (1/2016)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Tasted blind. Sappy. Aromatic, even a bit racy on the nose! Very clever winemaking almost disguises the lack of ripe fruit. Solid, spicy, something to chew on. A wine with some potential and well-managed tannins. 17/20 Inner quote mark (1/2017)

K&L Notes

This great property produced a big wine, with loads of grapey, blue/purple fruits, but is rounder and more forward and will drink well relatively young after 7-10 years. It reminds me of the delicious 1999! (Ralph Sands, K&L Bordeaux Expert) 93-95 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "The Grand Vin is a blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc picked between 3 and 15 October at 32hl/ha. It is more introspective than the Langoa at this early stage, but perhaps more complex with subtle tertiary and pencil lead scents infusing the black fruit profile. The palate is superbly balanced with fine tannins, delineated black and red fruit infused with graphite borrowed north from Pauillac. It exudes focus and precision and should be one of the finest Saint Julien 2012s." (05/2013)

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By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/12/2015 | Send Email
Second growth aged for 20 months in 50% new barriques, this elegant cab-merlot blend shows complexity with solid structure. Cola with bright fruit and an herbal earthiness, Leoville Barton is a bottle I would happily drink now, which is something special for such a young Bordeaux... aging will only improve this beautiful, well-integrated wine.

By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/4/2015 | Send Email
There is wonderful balance and freshness to this substantial wine although a few more years in bottle will work wonders. This is deep, dark and masculine with tons of blackberry and blackcurrant fruit, hints of cola and mineral and absolutely no hard edges whatsoever despite the size and depth. The sense of balance and proportion are what sets this apart.

By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/14/2015 | Send Email
Very well polished with the classic notes of cola and cassis. The palate is structured for sure, but all its elements are in such harmony that one forgets it is only a 3 year old wine. Dark fruit, coffee, cola and violets. Quite a stunner.

By: Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/14/2015 | Send Email
Incredibly elegant and complex with aromas of violets, fresh herbs and ripe cherries. The palate has an elegant soft texture while maintaining structure and expresses notes of fresh ground coffee, cassis and pencil shavings. This 2012 is a stunning bottle of elegant, classic Bordeaux that is integrated enough to drink now and complex enough to hold on to for a number of years.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/11/2015 | Send Email
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Floral and fruity red with hints of vanilla. Medium to full body, fine tannins and a crisp finish. Loosely knit. This needs three or four years to come together. Better after 2018. A great wine for a great price. Can't miss.
Drink from 2018 to 2038

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