Bordeaux 2017 - Leoville Barton

Bordeaux 2017 - Leoville Barton
Our thoughts echo those of Antonio Galloni and Neal Martin – this is a scintillating Leoville Barton. We shouldn’t be surprised, this Chateau has really upped its game in recent vintages producing serious, muscular, profound wines in a classical style. Cabernet is very much at the fore, a whopping 93% of the blend, and it shows in the glass. The flavour profile is wonderful, the palate is effortless; this is such a refined and stylish wine – a perfect balance of power and tension. It was without doubt one of the most impressive wines of the Left Bank and will be one of the best value ‘super seconds’ of the vintage.

“One of the few truly exceptional Left Bank wines of the vintage, the 2017 Léoville-Barton is simply fabulous. The 2017 also has the distinction of having a very high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon. Inky crème de cassis, white flowers, lavender, crushed rocks, menthol and spice give the 2017 a distinctly layered, resonant feel. The 2017 offers fabulous density and structure, although the tannins need time. The blend is 93% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Merlot. The September rains were especially challenging for the Merlot and Cabernet Franc. As a result, Cabernet is pushed up in the blend, while there is no Franc at all. Tasted two times. 93-96/100” - Antonio Galloni, Vinous

“The 2017 Léoville Barton has a high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon this year at 93%, the remainder is Merlot. It was picked between 15 and 18 September for the Merlot and 22 to 29 September for the Cabernet Sauvignon, then aged in 60% new oak. It has a perfumed and pure bouquet that demonstrates a little more cohesion and refinement than some of its Saint-Julien peers. Blackberry and touches of bilberry fruit, cedar and crushed stone – this is a knockout nose with bags of potential. The palate is medium-bodied with filigree tannin, perfectly pitched acidity and beautifully integrated oak. Seriously, this is nudging (not equalling, nudging!) the 2016 in terms of quality and there are just a handful of properties where I can state that this year. 93-95/100” - Neal Martin, Vinous

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