2006 Château Léoville-Barton, Cru Classé Saint-Julien
Château Léoville-Barton has always been a favourite Bordeaux estate for us at Mr. Wheeler. From the Saint-Julien commune, Léoville Barton is a second growth wine and yet it has always been much more fairly priced than its more expensive siblings, such as Léoville Las Cases at almost double the price. More than anything, though, it is how it tastes. For many of us here at Mr. Wheeler, red Bordeaux - and especially from the left bank - has a flavour profile like no other wines from anywhere in the world. One might describe it as a savoury coolness, with plenty of dark fruit that isn't over extracted, and that strangely appealing characteristic of pencil shavings. PS We think it is also a great wine bottle label; not that we judge a book by its cover.
"Good bright ruby-red. Pretty aromas of black cherry, cassis, tobacco leaf, minerals, licorice and violet. Chewy, rich and deep, with good dense mid-palate fruit and excellent concentration. Fuller and sweeter than the Langoa. Finishes long and delineated, with powerful tannic clout and terrific mineral thrust".
"Tasted at Bordeaux Index's annual 10-Year On tasting in London. The 2006 Château Léoville-Barton has a surprisingly rich and opulent bouquet at first, although it calms down with aeration, offering crushed violet and black cherry scents, reminiscent of a fine Margaux. The palate is medium-bodied with a gentle grip in the mouth. Here the class begins to appear with fine balance and poise, but like the Langoa, it lacquers the mouth with tannins and feels very backward, surprising given the vintage. Cellar this for another decade, folks."
92 points, The Wine Advocate
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