2012 Leoville Barton (St-Julien)

St-Julien, Medoc, Bordeaux FRANCE
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drink or keep
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Wine Score
90-92 points, Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, April 2013
93-95 points, Neal Martin, erobertparker.com, May 2013
91 points, Jean-Marc Quarin, quarin.com, April 2013
90 points, Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, May 2013

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Media Reviews

Robert Parker

This well-made, complete St.-Julien possesses a dense purple color as well as surprisingly soft tannins for this wine which tends to be jacked up with a lot of structure, masculinity and muscle in most vintages. The 2012 offers attractive cedary, black currant fruit and vanilla notes, and a medium-bodied, denser mid-palate than many of its peers. The tannins are noticeable in the finish, so give this wine 4-5 years of cellaring and drink it over the following two decades as it will be one of the longer lived wines of the vintage. 90-92 points

Neal Martin

The Grand Vin is a blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc picked between 3 and 15 October at 32hl/ha. It is more introspective than the Langoa at this early stage, but perhaps more complex with subtle tertiary and pencil lead scents infusing the black fruit profile. The palate is superbly balanced with fine tannins, delineated black and red fruit infused with graphite borrowed north from Pauillac. It exudes focus and precision and should be one of the finest Saint Julien 2012s. 93-95 points

Jean-Marc Quarin

Lovely, deep colour with good intensity. Fruity, fresh and slightly lively nose. Caresses the tongue at the outset, it develops to become very fruity, aromatic and flavoursome; has some taste, standard corpulence and fine tannins as it lingers. Fragrant finish. Very pleasant. 91 points

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