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Château Léoville Barton 2ème Grand Cru Classé  1996 - Lot of 12 Bottles
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Château Léoville Barton 2ème Grand Cru Classé 1996

A great wine to age; very typical for Médoc in its concentration and power.

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Lot Description: Château Léoville Barton 2ème Grand Cru Classé 1996

Lot description

  • Quantity 12 Bottles
  • Level:12 into-neck
  • Label: 12 good appearance
  • Origin: Private individual
  • Type of cellar: Classic underground cellar
  • Recoverable VAT: No
  • Original Wooden Case: Yes
  • Custom Seal : no
  • Alcohol percentage : 12.50 %

Information about the wine

  • Country/Region: Bordeaux
  • Appellation/Wine: Saint-Julien
  • Classification: 2ème Grand Cru Classé
  • Producer/Owner: GFA des Châteaux Langoa et Léoville Barton
  • Vintage: 1996
  • Color: Red
  • Grape variety: 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 8% Cabernet franc
  • Peak: Drink ideally by 2030
  • Service temperature (in °C): 16

Information about the producer

  • Viticulture: Conventional
  • Size (in ha): 50
  • Volume: 250000 bottles
  • Yield (in hl/ha): 40
  • Intensity : Classic
  • Dominant aroma : Black fruit
  • Tasting occasion : Gastronomic wine
  • The property's wines offer an exuberant bouquet of dark fruit (cherries and blackcurrants), spices, cedar and coffee. On the palate, they are concentrated and distinguished, characterised by powerful but very supple tannins and a superb velvety texture. This grand vin needs several years in the cellar to open up, and has a remarkable potential to age.

    Château Léoville Barton was created from the division of the Domaine de Léoville in 1826, when Hugh Barton, an Irishman who already owned Château Langoa in Saint Julien, bought part of the vineyard. A new great Bordeaux property was therefore born, alongside the two other plots that resulted from the sale, Léoville Las Cases and Léoville Poyferré. Today, nearly two centuries later, the property still belongs to the Barton family, a relatively rare occurrence in Bordeaux, where châteaux have a habit of changing hands fairly regularly. After taking over in 1983, Anthony Barton managed to put the difficult vintages of the Second World War and the period of decline in the 1970s behind him, and launched a spectacular revival that has been particularly notable since 1985. The 21st century began with a remarkable 2000 vintage, followed by a simply sublime 2005. The property's numerous strong points include a high proportion of old vines and the use of traditional wooden vats, which were deliberately preserved when most Bordeaux properties began changing over to stainless steel. There is no château or winery on site; vinification and ageing are carried out at Langoa Barton.
    *The above information describes the wine and is not vintage specific.

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Further information

Rating
93/100Wine Advocate (Parker/Martin)
91/100Wine Spectator
16,5/20Jancis Robinson
92/100J.-M. Quarin
  • Service temperature16°
  • Peak Drink ideally by 2030

Tasting notes - Extract
L'impressionnant 1996 est un classique du millésime. Malgré son caractère peu évolué, il présente une robe rubis-pourpre dense, ainsi qu'un généreux fruité de cassis nuancé de chêne épicé et de truffe Attestant une vinification impeccable, il se montre très corsé, musclé et serré en bouche, où il déploie encore une concentration et une pureté extraordinaires. (...) Source: Robert Parker (1/99)