2016 Mauvesin Barton, Moulis (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1299382 91-93 points Wine Enthusiast

 The tannins in this juicy wine melt into the delicious black currant fruit. It has a crisp edge and a juicy aftertaste. (RV)  (4/2017)

91-92 points James Suckling

 A dense and fruity red with chocolate, walnuts and spices. Medium body and chewy tannins. Firm and structured. Very cool wine.  (4/2017)

Jancis Robinson

 Very neat and polished without being at all forced. Classic stuff — Barton Lite-ish. Very nice top-quality oak influence and a bone-dry finish. Lots of energy here. 16.5/20  (4/2017)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Picked between 3 and 26 October, it has an attractive if comparatively simplistic cranberry, blackcurrant and cedar-scented bouquet. The palate is medium-bodied with light tannin, just a splash of soy on the entry, nicely balanced... (NM)  (4/2017)


 The 2016 Mauvesin Barton is terrific. Silky, layered and gracious, as it usually is, the 2016 also offers a bit more depth and midpalate pliancy than is typically the case. Sweet red and purplish fruit, flowers and mint give the wine aromatic lift, and there is lovely purity to the fruit. In 2016, it is the wine's balance that is truly commendable. (AG)  (4/2017)

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Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/29/2017 | Send Email
I sometimes wonder if the Barton-Sartorius family, owners of Langoa-Barton and Leoville-Barton, acquired Chateau Mauvesin in Moulis in 2011 as much for the quality of its stables as for its vineyards. Daughter Mélanie Barton-Sartorius is an avid equestrian in addition to being a trained oenologist. Whatever the reason, they have certainly spared no expense in developing the property. The old cellars have been restored and new capacity added; the vineyards have been expanded and replanted. Today they have 50 hectares of vineyards planted 45% to Merlot, 36% to Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% to Cabernet Franc, and 2% to Petit Verdot. The 2016 Mauvesin Barton is quite true to the vintage, very pretty with bright red fruits and a hint of spice. Merlot takes the lead here so a bit more ripeness is evident in the rich, textured mid-palate. The finish is understandably firm though quite fine. An admirable effort, very reasonably priced, and a suggestion of even better things to come.

Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/27/2017 | Send Email
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Their best yet-I think so. So fresh and lively with a pronounced red fruit aroma. Quite sweet palate entry and some tannins at the back. Fine structure for the cellar, but tempting now.
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Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/26/2017 | Send Email
The folks at Leoville Barton are doing great things at this property. There is a hard candy brightness to the crisp red fruited entry in this surprisingly forward gem. The finish really tightens up with a firm tannic grip but overall there is more freshness than rusticity. By the time this is released it should have mellowed into a beauty.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


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