Chateau Leoville Barton St Julien 2006
85% Cabernet Sauvignon 15% Merlot
This smallest portion of the Leoville estate producing some seriously serious wine. Made for extended aging, this is showing perfectly now, but can also be laid down.
Incredible, superexpressive nose full of cassis, dark chocolate and rich crushed flowers. Mellows in the glass making way for great cedar and cigar box solidity. Amazing minerality from somewhere, too. The palate is drippingly rich and fathomless whilst still managing to hit delicate high notes. Gives, pulls back, gives again. An absolute regal star; velvet, gold, sapphires, rubies. Sleek, stunning wine.