2012 Leoville-Barton Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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WE 96 JA 95 NM 95 TWI 94 VN 93 DC 92 JL 92 WA 92 JS 91
WE 96

Wine Enthusiast, April 2013

(WE94-96 points) 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.
JA 95

janeanson.com, March 2022

As with most of these St Juliens, the colour is medium intensity ruby with lovely reflective pools. Sweet notes of smoked caramel, graphite and campfire stealing in along blackberry and cassis fruits. Overall the fruit...
NM 95

Neal Martin's Wine Journal, May 2013

(NM93-95 points) 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...
TWI 94

The Wine Independent, December 2023

The 2012 Leoville Barton has a medium to deep garnet-brick color. It wafts effortlessly out of the glass with evocative scents of boysenberries, juicy black plums, and crème de cassis, followed by earthy/minerally...
VN 93

Vinous, September 2022

The 2012 Léoville-Barton has a touch more precision and drive compared to 2012 Langoa-Barton, blackberry and raspberry, cedar and mint, almost Pauillac in style. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy black fruit, quite...
DC 92


Dense black-red, firm, quite spicy Cabernet Sauvignon, both ripeness and firmness is there, elegance over power and a good future.
JL 92

TheWineCellarInsider.com, March 2015

Filled with juicy, ripe cassis, cedar wood, tobacco, soft tannins, length and freshness, this is a really nice wine that will improve with age. Read more...
WA 92

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2015

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...
JS 91

jamessuckling.com, February 2015

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.


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Julien
Vintage 2012
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 13%
Closure Cork

Introducing the exquisite 2012 Leoville-Barton, a stunning Bordeaux Blend from the renowned St Julien region of Bordeaux, France. This wine is crafted by the esteemed producer Leoville-Barton, known for their commitment to excellence and tradition in winemaking. With a deep red color that catches the eye, this wine is a true representation of elegance and sophistication.

On the nose, the 2012 Leoville-Barton offers a complex and alluring bouquet. Subtle tertiary notes and pencil lead scents intertwine with the black fruit profile, creating an introspective and captivating aroma. As you explore further, hints of vanilla and floral tones come forward, adding a touch of finesse to the overall experience.

Upon the first sip, this wine reveals its true character. The palate is beautifully balanced, with fine tannins that provide structure and support. Delineated black and red fruit flavors dance on the tongue, accompanied by a distinct graphite note borrowed from the neighboring Pauillac region. The precision and focus of this wine are truly exceptional, making it one of the finest examples of Saint Julien in the 2012 vintage.

The 2012 Leoville-Barton has received high praise from esteemed wine critics. Neal Martin's Wine Journal awarded this wine an impressive score of 95 points, noting its complexity and superb balance. Wine Enthusiast also recognized its potential, scoring it 96 points and highlighting its powerful yet dry character with the weight of its fruit.

With an alcohol percentage of 13.0%, this wine is crafted to perfection and will continue to evolve gracefully with age. It is recommended to cellar this wine for a few more years to allow it to fully integrate and come together. However, for those who can't resist, decanting for a couple of hours will reveal its true potential.

In conclusion, the 2012 Leoville-Barton is a wine that embodies the essence of Saint Julien. With its refined elegance, complex aromas, and impeccable balance, it is a true masterpiece that will leave a lasting impression. Whether enjoyed now or cellared for future enjoyment, this wine is a must-have for any discerning wine enthusiast.