Château Léoville Barton ‘La Réserve de Léoville Barton’
71% Cabernet Sauvignon 25% Merlot 4% Cabernet Franc This second wine of Chateau Léoville Barton comes from young vines and plots that have not reached the high level of requirement to enter in the Grand Vin. The wine is then aged between 16 and 18 months in French oak barrels.
Intense garnet color, depth and dense with a beautiful brightness. Opulent nose with spicy, peppery, roasted notes and a touch of strawberry jam. The attack is frank, ample with a beautiful tannic structure. Delicate notes of vanilla and cherry stand out in mouth (Wine maker’s notes).
“The 2014 Réserve de Léoville Barton has a little jamminess on the nose (one of the few Left Bank 2014s to demonstrate this.) It feels a little volatile and lacks some cohesion. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy red and black fruit, voluminous and smooth, quite enjoying to drink even if it is not an intellectual prospect. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. 2019 – 2026”
86/100 – Neal Martin, vinous.com, March 2018