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2016 Château Leoville-Barton

Light label condition issue

ITEM 8311731 - Removed from a subterranean, temperature and humidity controlled residential cellar

Bidder Amount Total
$170
Item Sold Amount Date
I8351706 2 $160 Jul 31, 2022
I8346305 1 $160 Jul 24, 2022
I8264048 1 $185 Jun 12, 2022
I8194725 1 $185 Apr 24, 2022
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RATINGS

97Wine Spectator

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.

96+ Jeb Dunnuck

...pure crème de cassis, graphite, liquid rock, and essence of lead pencil shavings... ...full-bodied, concentrated, and backward, with bright acidity and ripe yet certainly present and building tannins... ...a beauty... ...It’s going to be incredibly long-lived... (February 2019)

95+ The Wine Advocate

...delivers a superstar nose of crème de cassis, plum preserves and blueberry compote with suggestions of fragrant earth, unsmoked cigars, licorice and cedar chest. Medium to full-bodied, rich and seductive with firm yet velvety tannins, it has a decadently rich finish.

95Vinous / IWC

...very well delineated and manifesting lovely incense and pressed violet aromas with aeration. The oak is neatly integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, fleshy and ripe, and gently grippy, leading to a detailed and quite plush...

#1 of 2019Wine Spectator Top 100

PRODUCER

Château Leoville-Barton

Château Léoville-Barton is a Second Growth Bordeaux located in St.-Julien. It was once part of a vast estate owned by the Marquis de Léoville. After the French revolution the estate was divided and sold at public auction. In 1836 an Irishman named Hugh Barton bought the property and it has remained with his descendants, the Barton family. One thing that sets Château Léoville-Barton wine apart from other Medoc wines is that it is made with only a small amount of Merlot. Since there is no château on the estate, the wine is actually made at nearby Château Langoa-Barton, also owned by the Barton family. The wines of Léoville-Barton have been extraordinarily well reviewed since the 1980s, and some critics consider them the best value of all the premier wines of St.-Julien. Château Léoville-Barton is made up of 123 acres of vineyards planted to 72 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 20 % Merlot and 8% Cabernet France. The average age of the vines is 30 years. About 264,000 bottles are produced annually. La Reserve de Léoville-Barton is the estate's second wine.

REGION

France, Bordeaux, St.-Julien

Saint-Julien is the smallest of the four main Médoc appellations with 2,175 acres of vineyards. It is just south of Pauillac on the left bank of the Gironde, and although it has no First Growth châteaux, its 11 Classified Growth estates are widely admired. Robert M. Parker Jr. has written that winemaking in Saint-Julien from all classifications “is consistently both distinctive and brilliant.” He adds it is Médoc’s “most underrated commune.” The best-known estates are Léoville Las Cases, Ducru-Beaucaillou, Léoville Poyferré, Léoville Barton and Gruaud Larose, and most of those have riverside estates. The soil in this appellation is gravelly with clay. Cabernet Sauvignon is the main grape grown, and it is blended with Cabernet Franc, Merlot and sometimes small amounts of Petit Verdot.