Leoville Barton 2006
Tasting Notes Leoville Barton 2006
Not surprisingly, Leoville Las Cases has produced another classic, potentially long-lived wine in 2006. Among the St.-Juliens, it, Ducru Beaucaillou, and Leoville Barton possess the potential for the greatest longevity. Interestingly, when I visited this chateau in January, proprietor Jean-Hubert Delon offered me two samples, one where the cork had been pulled immediately prior to tasting, and another that had been decanted four hours earlier. Both were superb, but the wine that had had extended aeration was clearly the finer offering. The opaque purple-hued 2006- only 40% of the crop made it into the final blend- exhibits a personality that mimics the superb 1996. Classic aromas of sweet black raspberries, kirsch, cassis, and subtle toasty oak are followed by a full-bodied, concentrated wine displaying moderately high tannin. This cuvee can often resemble a Pauillac wrapped in the St.-Julien appellation, and the 2006 is no exception. A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14.5% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc, it will require significant cellaring before consumption. Anticipated maturity: 2019-2035+.
Tasted blind at Southwold ’06 Bordeaux tasting. The nose has opened up since 2008, the fruit very vibrant and lively with aromas of black cherry, kirsch, briary and a touch of blueberry, though it would benefit from more delineation that should develop with time. The palate is rounded on the entry, quite opulent and seductive compared to Gruaud ’06, slightly lower acidity, plush in texture, but very pure with a dense, slight herbaceous finish that needs time to meld together. Tasted January 2010.