2012 Reserve de Léoville-Barton, St-Julien SKU #1277306


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K&L Notes

This is the second wine of famed Second Growth Léoville-Barton. On a par with Pagodes and Reserve de la Comtesse de Lalande, this is classic St Julien in character, and a great value while you wait for the first wines to come around.

Staff Reviews

  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    K&L Staff Member
    This is yet another 2012 that is drinking beautifully now. The red fruits of the vintage seem to dominate over the more typical dark fruits of Leoville Barton's first wine. With sweet earthy and spicy notes on the nose as well, this is a delicous example of the vintage and of the inherent value in picking a well made second wine from a prestigious property such as Leoville Barton (always one of our favorites).
  • Steve Bearden
    By: Steve Bearden
    K&L Staff Member
    The second wine of Leoville Barton is floral and fresh with the same sweet red and dark fruit as the first wine but none of the tannic scale. This has lots of Leoville character in an approachable style and price.
  • Clyde Beffa Jr.
    By: Clyde Beffa Jr.
    K&L Staff Member
    70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 7% Cab Franc, 3% Pet Verdot. This classic Claret, from the lovely underrated vintage of 2012 provides every bit as much complexity and nuance as both the classed growths Léoville and Langoa Barton. This second wine of Leoville is elegant and polished, displaying red and black fruits and integrated tannins. We found it to be quite approachable and softer than some of the older vintages of this wine. Terrific texture and mouthfeel. Cellar it for a few more years or double decant it and drink now with a rack of lamb.
    Drink from 2016 to 2026


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