The 2016 La Réserve de Léoville Barton has pleasant light blackberry, raspberry and rose petal scents on the nose; hints of melted tar and licorice develop with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, smooth texture and gentle grip. I like the focus and finesse displayed by this second wine, which should offer 8 to 10 years of pleasure if you can resist temptation.
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2030
Tasted blind. Very dry and ambitious. Not very charming but there is a lot of (pretty dry) fruit packed in there.
Anticipated maturity: 2026-2038