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 Vintage2006 Label 1 of 109 
TypeRed
ProducerChâteau Léoville Barton (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
Designationn/a
Vineyardn/a
CountryFrance
RegionBordeaux
SubRegionMédoc
AppellationSt. Julien
UPC Code(s)031259027562, 3660327010617, 616773412478

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2017 and 2030 (based on 94 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Leoville Barton on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.7 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 102 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Asmiller on 5/16/2015 & rated 93 points: great wine, drinking very well right now. (932 views)
 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 5/13/2015 & rated 91 points: Concentrated, with loads of cedar, tobacco and tannin, the fruit is fresh, ripe, clean, sharp and tannic. This classic Bordeaux demands at least another decade in the cellar to come around. (1439 views)
 Tasted by maxima on 4/9/2015 & rated 89 points: Une valeur sure en Bordeaux mais ce 2006 semblait un peu fermé.
Nez assez discret sur la terre, le chocolat et les fruits rouges.
En bouche, belle classe et un boisé qui gagnera a s'intégrer, longueur moyenne...à revoir! (2703 views)
 Tasted by DeGuoRen on 2/21/2015 & rated 89 points: Typical cabernet nose, slightly alcoholic. Mouth: After PuP tanic, quite acid, slightly watery and nothing going on. After 6 hours in the decanter much better, more dark cabernet aromas with fine tannin and balancing acid. After two days in the open bottle and decant for another hour the remaining half bottle, everything quite balanced. Rather cool style, at the moment still to young, will open the next bottle in some years. (3351 views)
 Tasted by Ramona on the Rampage on 1/17/2015 & rated 95 points: Drinking nice now (decanted for 2 hours) great wine really enjoyed it with fillet mignon.
The wine looks purple colored. It smells like clove. It tastes like clove. The body is medium/full. The wine has round texture. (3777 views)
 Tasted by Comte Flaneur on 11/25/2014 & rated 91 points: A larger framed wine than the 2008 with bigger tannins. As a result it needs protracted cellaring. It has graphite and restrained fruit, with a lovely mouthfeel. Silky, balanced and harmonious. (4455 views)
 Tasted by rossi.wine on 11/15/2014 & rated 91 points: Really dark in colour, just a hint of evolution towards the rim. A bit more open on the nose compared to the 2008, cassis, dark fruit, spice box, tobacco. On the palate still quite grippy and tight, but showing a bit more evolution, mineral, dark fruit again, a little drying. Classic tart finish. Needs time. 90-91+ (3695 views)
 Tasted by MEKWINE on 11/15/2014 & rated 91 points: Dark fruits, spice box, graphite and minerals. Plenty of puckering tannins and balanced with good acidity, this is a big wine, big colour, big tannins. (4114 views)
 Tasted by R. Hung on 5/9/2014 & rated 93 points: Dark cherry, mint, red flowers on the nose. Good complexity and structure with black fruits, cherry, mints, charcoal and dark chocolate in the palate. Full body with chewy tannins and nice finish. Need at least an hour in decanter if drink now, but I think it will be much better after 2 years. (7393 views)
 Tasted by JSOL on 4/29/2014 & rated 90 points: Complex, slightly earthy/vegetal nose. Quite closed and austere. A bit light for L-B. (6482 views)
 Tasted by AMM3RD on 4/27/2014: Probably a little too young, but nice typical Bordeaux. Not a great QPR. (5376 views)
 Tasted by Purple Tooth on 3/16/2014 & rated 93 points: This wine is still way too young, way young…Shows huge tannins and yet the big fruit stuffing still makes a big statement. The fruit is huge and the wine is just starting to make the transformation into Bordeaux and has all the elements to mature into a great St. Julien. Flavors of cocoa and tobacco rule the roost in this beautiful Cuvee. Another fine example of a GREAT 2006 (a mis-understood) VINTAGE. (5695 views)
 Tasted by stevenjstein on 3/16/2014 & rated 93 points: Rich, concentrated, fruit, but more savory than berry flavors along with some chocolate and tobacco. Well structured. A classic, well-balanced, St. Julien that should have many good years ahead of it. (6098 views)
 Tasted by mattyboy_ on 3/6/2014 & rated 93 points: We were open for business with just an hour's rest in the decanter. Baked berry, baked cherry, cassis, new leather, maduro tobacco, crushed bayleaf. finely knit tannins with medium to full weight. Behind the soft tannins is a deep core of red and dark fruit. Couldn't stop smelling this. Very nice preview and very accessible at this stage. (4150 views)
 Tasted by MarcoAzevedo on 2/15/2014 & rated 95 points: Powerfull but elegant, robust, but you can drink it now. Cedar, leather and black fruits. Could easily wait for another 5 years. (4275 views)
 Tasted by robrats on 1/28/2014 & rated 90 points: Pnp and drank. Needed more time to breathe. Blueberry. Loads of tannins on finish. (5040 views)
 Tasted by sandwich on 12/20/2013 & rated 92 points: Nice classic Bordeaux but way too young. Put this in the back of the cellar and forget about it for ten more years. If you don't trust me and you pop one prematurely you'll find loads of tannins, gravel, tobacco, and some big blueberry notes. (4670 views)
 Tasted by julius111 on 12/18/2013 & rated 93 points: Very opaque with lots of black fruits. Intense aromas. Round and elegant tannins and requires some time to open (4452 views)
 Tasted by millesime66 on 11/29/2013 & rated 90 points: Je crois qu'il est en phase de dormance et qu'il faille l'attendre encore 2-3 ans pour le laisser révéler ses grandes qualités. Ceci étant dit, on sent et goûte le grand vin avec toute la classe qu'il y a derrière. Le bois domine pour l'instant alors que le fruit est en retrait. (4511 views)
 Tasted by PinkMoonWinery on 11/25/2013 & rated 92 points: Re-tasted after cold decanting for 2 days... Based on the results I guess this needs 30 years to reach its peak... Still closed with tannins that just make you shut up... (4586 views)
 Tasted by RickyT12 on 9/30/2013 & rated 90 points: Popped and drunk. Jelly and powder donuts on nose. Little medicinal. Good. Very sophisticated. Hand cream like nose. Light weight. Mineral flavors, red currant. Quite nice. (5868 views)
 Tasted by SonnyChiba on 9/28/2013 & rated 91 points: Beautiful nose - Graphite, dark chocolate, dark fruits, vanilla and blackberry jam. Good structure on the palate, but tightly wound and needs more time. I can still feel the tannins the next day. Not as complex as I was hoping for, and flowed over the palate quickly and disappeared. That said, it did have a nice backbone to it, some nice fruit still, and enjoyed it. But would hold off on this vintage for a bit longer. (4560 views)
 Tasted by hackey37 on 9/22/2013 & rated 90 points: This wine is dark black-garnet with violet hues to the rim, is densely colored and almost opaque. The aromas are leather, meat, perfume, vanilla, and floral notes. The tastes are currants, cherry, earth, minerals, vanilla, dry tobacco leaves, and some cedary/woody notes. The tannins are furry and the finish is lengthy. (4961 views)
 Tasted by pjaines on 9/3/2013: Yeah...pretty tight and dumb at the moment. These wines need years to come round and while this has all the classic Barton depth it will need a good 10 years at least before it starts to be ready. (5617 views)
 Tasted by Oakwine on 7/6/2013: - Brick color. It's balanced with a medium/full body. Narrow texture with a medium finish - May have opened a little early. Still it was enjoyable and certainly shows promise for holding quite a while. My remaining ones will get much more mature before going under the screw. (5673 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
The World of Fine Wine, March 2011, Issue #31
(Château Léoville Barton 2ème Cru) Login and sign up and see review text.
The World of Fine Wine, December 2010, Issue #30
(Château Léoville Barton 2ème Cru) Login and sign up and see review text.
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (1/21/2010)
(Ch Léoville Barton St-Julien Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2009, IWC Issue #144
(Chateau Leoville Barton Saint Julien) Subscribe to see review text.
By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Mar/Apr 2009, Issue #20, The 2006 Bordeaux Vintage: A Snapshot of a Pretty High Quality Year
(Château Leoville-Barton) Login and sign up and see review text.
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (11/7/2008)
(Ch Léoville Barton St-Julien Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2008, IWC Issue #138
(Chateau Leoville Barton Saint Julien) Subscribe to see review text.
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (7/31/2007)
(Ch Léoville Barton St-Julien Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2007, IWC Issue #132
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By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, November 2010
(Chateau Léoville-Barton (St Julien)) Dense and concentrated on the nose, black fruit delivered in a very precise and well defined fashion, with a gritty suggestion of sweetness but nothing suggesting anything overly soft. Very nicely put together on the palate, elegant, fresh, very appealing in its composition. Good firm edges, vigour, fine substance and stoically firm tannins too. It is not at all unassailable though, plenty of flesh, but tightly honed and structured. Very impressive vigour. It needs the cellar (don't they all!) but it has great potential.  17.5+ points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (1/18/2009)
(Château Léoville Barton) Opaque dark red violet color; lovely black berry, berry, black fruit poised nose; tasty, soft black fruit and blackberry palate with firm, sweet tannins; medium finish (drinking nicely now, but will clearly be even better in a few years)  92 points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, October 2008
(Chateau Léoville-Barton St Julien) A dark layer of cherry fruit here, although presented in a reserved fashion, with a dense macerated richness hidden behind the oak and the aroma of dusty cabinets. Very rounded, supple entry, with lots of austere structure on the midpalate. There is a pile of grip beneath, but it is never truly austere, and it has fresh acidity. Certainly in need of some cellar time.  17.5+ points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, April 2007
(Chateau Léoville-Barton St Julien) Attractive, open fruit, strong, appealing, and even a little delicate perfume which is a tad surprising. Nice weight, good texture, rather chalky tannins below which are not wholly covered by the wine. Firm, fresh acidity, it has a lot of structure and borderline sufficient fruit. It has some vivacity. It is for the long haul and is probably good for it, but a note of caution here, this is not a great Léoville-Barton. And will the price be right?  16-17? points
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Château Léoville Barton

Producer website - Read more about Chateau Leoville Barton

Red Bordeaux Blend

Read about the grapes used to produce Bordeaux The variety Red Bordeaux Blend in CellarTracker implies any blend using any or all of the five traditional Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. As such, this is used worldwide, whether for wines from Bordeaux, Meritages from California and Canada, some Super-Tuscan wines etc.

France

Vins de France (Office National Interprofessionnel des Vins ) | Pages Vins, Directory of French Winegrowers | French Wine (Wikipedia)

Bordeaux

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Vins Bordeaux (Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux)

History of Bordeaux

History of 1855 Bordeaux Classification

Médoc

Vins du Médoc (Conseil des Vins du Médoc) - Read More about the Medoc
The eight precisely defined appellations of the whole of the Médoc (from Blanquefort Brook to the north of the Bordeaux built-up area, almost to the Pointe de Grave) may claim the Médoc appellation. But there is also a specific territory in the north of the peninsula which produces exclusively wines with this appellation. In the great majority, the Médocs come from the north of the peninsula. The great individuality of this region is that the number of vines has increased more recently here than elsewhere, apart from a few isolated spots where vines have grown for many years. Today, the size of the small estate has brought about the development of a powerful co-operative movement. Four co-operatives out of five belong to the group called Unimédoc which ensures aging, bottling and marketing a large proportion of their wines.

St. Julien

Read more detailed information on St. Julien and its wines The seventeenth century pioneers Traces are to be found of a Saint-Julien de Rintrac, perhaps Saint-Julien's earliest name, as from the thirteenth century. But we have to wait until the seventeenth century pioneers, urban and rural aristocrats, discover the exceptional merits of these terroirs.
Traces of this system still exist today in the structure of estates within the appellation: by the side of the two villages of Beychevelle and Saint-Julien, the large estates are heavily preponderant, representing more than four fifths of the total surface of vineyards.

The terrain is practically identical over all the commune. Only the proximity of the estuary, sometimes close, sometimes further away, can cause slight variations in climate. In fact, Saint-Julien-Beychevelle's layer of gravel takes the form of a huge rectangle over 3 miles long and 2 miles wide. And the alluvial deposits are particularly well fragmented into ridges of Garonne gravel of the early Quaternary. Accordingly, the vines are safeguarded from stagnant water.

The wines from the Saint-Julien appellation may be recognized by their unparalleled bouquet, particularly harmonious and mild. They have a fine deep colour and combine the finesse of their aromas and a solid constitution. They have body, are very rich in flavour and have a delicious and delicate bouquet.

Production conditions (Decree dated November 14, 1936)
In order to have the right to the Saint-Julien appellation of controlled origin, red wines must:

- come from the commune of Saint-Julien and from precisely defined parcels in the communes of Cussac, and Saint-Laurent, "excluding the parcels situated on recent alluvium and sand on impermeable subsoils",
- satisfy precise production conditions: grape-varieties (Cabernet-Sauvignon, Cabernet-Franc, Carmenère, Merlot Noir, Petit Verdot, Cot or Malbec), minimum of sugar (178 grammes - 6.27 oz. - per litre of must) degree (an acquired 10°5) base yield (45 hectolitres per hectare).

 
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