2016 Leoville-Barton Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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JS 97 WA 97 WS 97 JD 96 JL 96 TWI 96 WE 96 DC 94
JS 97

jamessuckling.com, February 2019

Terrific intensity of dark berries, almost peppery blackcurrants and violets with attractive and integrated, spicy oak and an earthy edge. The palate has a super powerful and long, linear core with plenty of fruit flesh...
WA 97

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 2022

A brilliant young wine, the 2016 Léoville Barton unwinds in the glass with aromas of cassis, dark berries and cigar box mingled with subtle hints of loamy soil. Medium to full-bodied, deep and concentrated, it's seamless...
WS 97

Wine Spectator, March 2019

This is so vivid as it brims with pastis-soaked plum, blackberry, black currant and blueberry paste flavors, all carried by a perfectly integrated brambly spine. Tar and ganache notes give the finish an extra kick while...
JD 96

jebdunnuck.com, February 2019

Deep purple-colored and a classic Saint-Julien with its pure crème de cassis, graphite, liquid rock, and essence of lead pencil shavings, the 2016 Château Léoville Barton is full-bodied, concentrated, and backward, with...
JL 96

TheWineCellarInsider.com, September 2019

Deep in color the wine offers intensity, vibrancy and length. The wine is all about its big, juicy blast of ripe fruit. It is full-bodied, tannic, joyous and classic. If you can wait about 15 years, this is going to be a...
TWI 96

The Wine Independent, December 2023

The 2016 Leoville Barton is deep garnet-colored. It charges out of the gate with powerful notes of blackcurrant pastilles, stewed plums, and blueberry compote, followed by wafts of lilacs, dark chocolate, and licorice...
WE 96

Wine Enthusiast, May 2019

The Barton family's flagship wine benefits hugely from the age of the vines. This wine is ripe and concentrated, rich in tannins but with the wonderful black fruits that can be conjured from this vineyard. It will age...
DC 94

Decanter, October 2020

Intense, luxurious, fresh yet also very classically Bordeaux on the nose. Loads of dark berry and currant fruit, allied to a touch of oaky spiciness. Density on the palate but also refined, elegant, and smooth.


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Julien
Vintage 2016
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 13.1%
Closure Cork

This 2016 Leoville-Barton is a remarkable Bordeaux blend from the St Julien region of Bordeaux, France. With a deep, rich red color, this wine is a true testament to the elegance and complexity that Bordeaux wines are known for.

The nose is immediately greeted by an intense and luxurious aroma, showcasing the wine's depth and quality. Dark berries and currants dominate the bouquet, accompanied by a touch of oaky spiciness that adds depth and complexity. This wine truly embodies the classic Bordeaux style.

On the palate, the Leoville-Barton 2016 offers a perfect balance between density and refinement. The concentration of fruit flavors is impressive, with notes of blackberry, black currant, and plum taking center stage. These flavors are beautifully integrated with the wine's brambly spine, creating a mouthwatering sensation that is both regal and rambunctious.

The wine's structure is impeccable, with finely refined tannins and bright acidity that provide a long and penetrating finish. This balance of power and finesse is a testament to the craftsmanship of Leoville-Barton.

Renowned wine critics have showered this wine with accolades. James Suckling awarded it a remarkable score of 97, praising its terrific intensity of dark berries and attractive, integrated oak. Wine Spectator also gave it a score of 97, highlighting its vivid and brambly spine. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate also joined in with a score of 97, noting its seamless and exquisitely balanced nature.

This Leoville-Barton 2016 is a wine that demands patience and will reward those who are willing to wait. While it can be enjoyed now, its true potential will be unlocked with further aging. Savvy collectors will want to secure a few bottles for their cellar, as this wine is sure to evolve and improve over the next decade.

Overall, this Leoville-Barton 2016 is a stunning example of a Bordeaux blend, showcasing the best of what the St Julien region has to offer. With its depth, complexity, and impeccable balance, it is a wine that will leave a lasting impression on any wine enthusiast.