Leoville Barton 1996 from half bottle.

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Leoville Barton 1996 from half bottle.

#1 Post by Mark Golodetz » November 22nd, 2020, 4:33 am

I remember tasting this en primeur and liking it enough to buy a case of half bottles.

A few years later we drank through around a dozen bottles at a local restaurant with lousy food, a superb view and the Barton selling for around $65. This is where the joke about BYOF originated.

So fifteen years later, time to try it again. It is a gorgeous, very old fashioned claret. The tannins are not quite resolved, but the fruit is fresh, and it has a cedar and leather profile i have seen in other Bartons. Strong finish. 95
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#2 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » November 22nd, 2020, 5:24 am

Thanks!
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#3 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » November 22nd, 2020, 5:26 am

I need to track some down. Wasn’t there another recent vintage you were raving about?
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#4 Post by Terence Lam » November 22nd, 2020, 5:58 am

I still have a few bottles from that period. Glad to hear that they are still in good shape!

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#5 Post by Ramon C » November 22nd, 2020, 6:04 am

I’ll take the helpful directional data point, even if from 375.

Last time I had, 4 years ago from one of my at-release 750, it was tight and quite unyielding.
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#6 Post by Mark Golodetz » November 22nd, 2020, 6:37 am

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
November 22nd, 2020, 5:26 am
I need to track some down. Wasn’t there another recent vintage you were raving about?
The Langoa 2005. The only vintage of Barton wine I can recall where I preferred the Langoa to the Leoville.
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#7 Post by john enea » November 22nd, 2020, 10:51 am

this (750ml) just showed up at my local costco of all places. looks like I should add a few to the cellar

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#8 Post by David Glasser » November 22nd, 2020, 11:09 am

Thanks for the report Mark. A 750 of 1996 Leoville Barton that I drank in May, cellared since release, was showing some nice early aged complexity. I thought it would develop even more in a few years.

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#9 Post by Br1an Th0rne » November 22nd, 2020, 12:27 pm

Thanks for the data point Mark! Bought a handful of bottles from the original owner earlier this year, and am doing my best to be patient. 2025 seems like a good time to pop a cork.

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#10 Post by Mark Golodetz » November 24th, 2020, 6:18 am

Br1an Th0rne wrote:
November 22nd, 2020, 12:27 pm
Thanks for the data point Mark! Bought a handful of bottles from the original owner earlier this year, and am doing my best to be patient. 2025 seems like a good time to pop a cork.
It is drinking well enough now that you could open a bottle. I like the different stages that a good Bordeaux goes through once it clears its adolescent dourness.
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