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2012 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien SKU #1204196

Price: $89.99

WE 94-96 DC 92 RP 92
JS 91 VN 91
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K&L Notes

This great property produced a big wine, with loads of grapey, blue/purple fruits, but is rounder and more forward and will drink well relatively young after 7-10 years. It reminds me of the delicious 1999! (Ralph Sands, K&L Bordeaux Expert) 93-95 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "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." (05/2013)

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Staff Reviews

  • Diana Turk
    By: Diana Turk
    K&L Staff Member
    Second growth aged for 20 months in 50% new barriques, this elegant cab-merlot blend shows complexity with solid structure. Cola with bright fruit and an herbal earthiness, Leoville Barton is a bottle I would happily drink now, which is something special for such a young Bordeaux... aging will only improve this beautiful, well-integrated wine.
  • Steve Bearden
    By: Steve Bearden
    K&L Staff Member
    There is wonderful balance and freshness to this substantial wine although a few more years in bottle will work wonders. This is deep, dark and masculine with tons of blackberry and blackcurrant fruit, hints of cola and mineral and absolutely no hard edges whatsoever despite the size and depth. The sense of balance and proportion are what sets this apart.
  • Jacques Moreira
    By: Jacques Moreira
    K&L Staff Member
    Very well polished with the classic notes of cola and cassis. The palate is structured for sure, but all its elements are in such harmony that one forgets it is only a 3 year old wine. Dark fruit, coffee, cola and violets. Quite a stunner.
  • Olivia Ragni
    By: Olivia Ragni
    K&L Staff Member
    Incredibly elegant and complex with aromas of violets, fresh herbs and ripe cherries. The palate has an elegant soft texture while maintaining structure and expresses notes of fresh ground coffee, cassis and pencil shavings. This 2012 is a stunning bottle of elegant, classic Bordeaux that is integrated enough to drink now and complex enough to hold on to for a number of years.
  • Clyde Beffa Jr.
    By: Clyde Beffa Jr.
    K&L Staff Member
    Floral and fruity red with hints of vanilla. Medium to full body, fine tannins and a crisp finish. Loosely knit. This needs three or four years to come together. Better after 2018. A great wine for a great price. Can't miss.
    Drink from 2018 to 2038


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