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. Drink 2017-2027.
|Score: 91+||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, January 2016|
Plenty of juicy blackcurrant fruit and background oak are present in this plump, medium to full-bodied, ripe, well-made wine. Not nearly as tannic as I feared, this wine shows a forward plumpness, excellent purity, texture and length. Drink it over the next 15-20 years.
Drink: 2015 - 2035
|Score: 90||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (218), April 2015|
Fruity, short and narrowly constructed, the 2012 Langoa Barton displays a deep ruby/plum/purple color, fresh acids, sweet tannins and less weight, muscle and power than usual. It is a good but uninspiring effort to drink over the next 10-12 years.
|Score: 86/88||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (206), April 2013|
The Langoa Barton is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc picked between 3 and 15 October at 32hl/ha. It has a surprisingly high-toned, quite glossy, exotic bouquet at first, although it appears to "calm down" in the glass to leave plenty of ripe red cherry and strawberry fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe, supple tannins. This is a generous, confident Langoa Barton, quite feminine (living up to its name) with a lovely ripe, quite sensual finish that exhibits deftly integrated oak. Tasted twice with consistent notes, there is great potential here. Tasted April 2013.
|Score: 90/92||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, May 2013|
The 2012 Langoa-Barton is fleshy and supple, with lovely aromatic top notes that give the wine much of its inviting personality. Sweet red cherries, herbs, mint and white pepper are laced together in a delicate, nuanced wine that is ready to drink now. Drink 2016-2022.
|Score: 89||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, January 2016|
Dark crimson. Edgy, leafy nose with thick appeal though it lacks a bit of really spontaneous freshness. Solid.
|Score: 16.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2013|
Léoville Barton's 15 hectare sister Chateau is normally very fairly priced for the consistent quality. Grape varieties, viticulture and vinification are similar to those of Léoville. Quality is often very similar too. This year the yield was only 32 hl/ha, made from 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, and 8% Cabernet Franc in 60% new oak. This wine has a very attractive nose of roasted barbecue meat with tobacco, cigar box and vanilla pod notes. The palate has good depth of cherry and cassis fruit, a nice touch of spice and considerable depth for the vintage. A very good effort.
|Score: 15.5+||Farr Vintners, March 2013|
The fruit feels ripe giving richness on the nose and the start of the palate. Black fruits cassis and blackberry are very much to the fore but underpinning is the freshness of bilberry and bramble. The sweetness on the back palate gives way to freshness giving a slightly lighter feel to the finish. 2018-28
|Score: 89/91||Derek Smedley MW, May 2013|