Garnet. More guts and less charm than the Langoa 2012. Very dry, uncompromising finish for the moment. Wait!
Anticipated maturity: 2025-2040
The 2012 Leoville-Barton is laced with dark red and blue-fleshed stone fruits, spices, sweet spice, mint and licorice. This is a decidedly understated, forward Leoville-Barton that will drink well with minimal cellaring. The classic Leoville-Barton signatures aren’t fully developed. Perhaps I caught the 2012 in an awkward stage, but today the wine is quite introspective and gives the impression of not being fully formed.
Anticipated maturity: 2017-2027
Robert Parker 92
Dense ruby/purple, with cassis licorice and forest floors notes in the aromatics, Leoville-Barton’s 2012 is a relatively big, rich, masculine style of wine. This full-bodied wine needs 5-8 years of cellaring and should evolve easily for 25-30 years.
Anticipated maturity: 2023-2053