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 Vintage1996 Label 1 of 187 
ProducerChâteau Léoville Barton (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
AppellationSt. Julien
UPC Code(s)3277034831857

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2008 and 2026 (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 91.9 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 275 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Remony on 6/15/2015 & rated 92 points: Fabulous, wholly classic and intense nose of pure St Julien graphite. But on the palate, less profound than the nose promised. Some watering at rim. Mellow, relatively soft wine, better without food. No real bite, no unresolved tannins, very approachable. Delightful, but not as serious as expected. Certainly not in decline, but I doubt there is much upside to come. (1884 views)
 Tasted by LFCHALA on 5/20/2015 & rated 93 points: Excellent as always (2404 views)
 Tasted by Paul D on 5/6/2015: 1996 Bordeaux at RSJ (RSJ, Southwark): A touch closed at first. Youthful, deep black fruit, touch of soil and mineral. Medium bodied, deep, intense black fruit, touch of mineral, tannins still a touch firm, attractive leafy edge, long,firm finish. Excellent ***(*1/2), in need of another 5 years. My 3rd/ Group 2nd. (2308 views)
 Tasted by Gabbby on 5/1/2015 & rated 92 points: Dark ruby red color, dark fruit with silky tannin. The wine is drinking very well now, medium to full-bodied with good structured depth. (2498 views)
 Tasted by tinybubbles on 4/8/2015 & rated 91 points: Blackberry, white pepper, wet rocks and cocoa. 91+ (1169 views)
 Tasted by sfowine on 4/5/2015: Red currant, cedar, light worn leather notes. Perfect w rosemary/thyme scented lamb. Opened for 1.5 hours before drinking, was continuing to open up on the nose and gain weight. Hold or drink next bottle. Tannins well-integrated at this point. (2621 views)
 Tasted by TRough on 4/3/2015 & rated 93 points: Very good. Still has life ahead of it. (2298 views)
 Tasted by dream on 3/21/2015 & rated 93 points: Dark ruby color with a deep, opulent, brooding nose with notes of black currants, char, tobacco and gray slate. A thickly-textured, young wine still even at age 19 with rich flavors of blackberries, minerals and slate. Finishes still tannic and taut but with wonderful complexity lurking underneath. A great vintage for LB that still needs 5+ years to reach its peak. 93+ (2317 views)
 Tasted by KCBrian on 3/1/2015 & rated 91 points: Decanted about two hrs before dinner. Still some solid tannins and acidity. A bit of cedar and nose and secondary flavors that became more pronounced over time. (2393 views)
 Tasted by paulst on 2/22/2015 & rated 90 points: Some cherry-blackberry with earth; decent structure; tannic and developing. (2814 views)
 Tasted by MrBrege on 2/1/2015 & rated 91 points: A lovely nose of fruit and pencil shavings. But after slow-oxing for 24h most of that fruit has disappeared. I am left with great cedar wood, but also with too much acidity... same as a year ago. I don't think this wine will get better. (2568 views)
 Tasted by LJT on 1/11/2015 & rated 91 points: Very good, typical bouquet, from the beginning. Opened an hour before starting dinner. Taste was also typical, but a bit tannic still. (2758 views)
 Tasted by Yiannis on 1/6/2015 & rated 95 points: Dark garnet with some ruby hues. Fantastic nose with cassis, cedar, pencil shavings, perfectly integrated noble animal scents, smoke and spice. Med+ bodied with firm but good quality tannins, vibrant fruit and balancing acidity. Long aftertaste. Unmisteakably left bank Bordeaux of top quality. Could improve even further over te next decade. (2934 views)
 Tasted by Stefanos T. on 1/6/2015 & rated 94 points: Great mature left bank Bordeaux.
Typical aromas with somewhat pronounced funk on the nose but
palate more than made up for it with its elegance.
I truly love when a wine can have such depth, flavor, complexity while
still light on its feet. (2661 views)
 Tasted by Jimb1001 on 1/1/2015 & rated 92 points: Great expression of left bank bordeaux. Needs two hours decant. Wine is in great shape and can easily go for 10 more years. (1912 views)
 Tasted by Zinlady on 1/1/2015 & rated 89 points: Decanted for four hours. Was not as big as I hoped. Dark but does have signs of aging. Love this winery. (2268 views)
 Tasted by StefanAkiko on 12/26/2014 & rated 93 points: Wineferno Tokyo 2014 (La Rochelle Akasaka (Tokyo)): Wanted this to perform better, but guess this is good enough... (I was 90% sure this was my wine.)

Red, mature colours.
Nose: Maturing aromas of brown earth, industrial rubber and porty streaks.
Mouth: Wide, fine, maturing Bdx. M body, M+ acids and M++ tannins. Balanced, fine tuned, sumi ink, long finish. The mouth feel is with a very strong presence on tounge, gums and teeth. (1958 views)
 Tasted by La Grappe on 12/25/2014 & rated 92 points: Still vigorous, but reasonably mature, with ripe blackcurrant fruit, discreet oak and some spicy/cedary notes. The acidity is quite noticeable, and should help to keep the wine fresh for some time yet, provided that the fruit holds up. (1887 views)
 Tasted by HowardNZ on 12/25/2014: A Comparative Bordeaux blends tasting (France, NZ, US etc) with Peter: The wine of the flight for me. Aromatically complex with blackcurrant, cigar box, lead pencil, spicy and savoury elements on bouquet. There was also a cheesy, Elastoplast notes Peter identified as Brett, but I did not find these off-putting. On the palate, this was to most, including me, a serious, classy cellar wine. It had the structure, mid palate weight and power and stuffing to support long term cellaring. It had lovely balance and a gorgeous acid profile, one of the best in the tasting. The flavours were largely in the dark fruit spectrum with some minerals and tobacco. Even picking up Brett on the palate, Peter had this quality wine his best of the flight. Definitely drinkable now but would benefit from 5+ years in the cellar. (2162 views)
 Tasted by stayhappy21 on 12/14/2014 & rated 91 points: Tasted this wine at my year end wine gathering at Jade Palace Restaurant.

A classic Bordeaux left bank wine still very much alive after 18 years. The acidity was simply amazing and kept the wine going. (2283 views)
 Tasted by Jwharnish on 12/5/2014 & rated 94 points: Great wine. Still has a long life left. Musty with cedar and tobacco. I have 1 more bottle but will hold for another 5-7 years. (2291 views)
 Tasted by Comte Flaneur on 11/25/2014 & rated 93 points: A much bigger framed wine than the 2004/06/08; more evolved, expressive and rumbustious with plenty of moving parts, red and black fruit, spice box, cedar, tobacco and minerals. Dense and powerful it is in the early stages of what is surely a long drinking window. Possibly lacks the exquisite elegance of some of the younger wines but fabulous stuff all the same. (2723 views)
 Tasted by liber on 11/17/2014 & rated 95 points: 2nd of 24, opened 45 minutes but not decanted, perfect cork and fill - as my June note but showing slightly more development; this is beautiful long haul "gentleman's claret" with outstanding length and grip. Very fine (18.5/20). (2893 views)
 Tasted by rossi.wine on 11/15/2014 & rated 93 points: Lovely nose, very classic and elegant. Cedar, graphite, dark fruit, spice box. On the palate quite evolved, open but still good texture, round and complex, fresh. Very long with a nice, slightly tart finish. Perfect to drink now, but there is no rush. A great wine. 92-94 (2203 views)
 Tasted by MEKWINE on 11/15/2014 & rated 92 points: Drinking wonderfully now, and will for some time to come. Beefy, savoury, leather, cedar and spice box on the nose. Savoury and tobacco on the palate, with fine tannins and good levels of acidity. A beautiful wine. (2327 views)
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By Stephen Tanzer
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 1998, IWC Issue #78
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By John Kapon
Vintage Tastings, Chicago Recap (11/2/2011)
(Leoville Barton) The Leoville Barton was more powerful, as it typically is, with a touch of game and exotic boysenberry in there.  93 points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, January 2003
(Chateau Léoville-Barton St Julien) A chance to reassess this wine which seemed opulent and atypical when last tasted in April 2001. The colour is youthful although, unlike all the other wines in this flight, it has the faintest tinge of maturity. A classic nose - minerals and blackcurrant fruit, and an impressive palate - dense, sweet, intense fruit. Lovely texture, ripe tannins and correct acidity. This displays more typicity than when last assessed. Needs two or three years in the cellar.  18.5+ points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, April 2001
(Chateau Léoville-Barton St Julien) Similarly dense and dark, a feature that had me mark these two wines as the pair of 1996s. Closed on the nose. Strange, very sweet pastille fruit on the palate. Good tannic structure, but not at all austere. Seems opulent and a touch New World in style. Will be interesting to see what happens to that sweet cassis fruit.  18.5+ points
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Château Léoville Barton

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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.


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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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