Leoville-Barton 2006 - Saint-Julien 2eme Grand Cru Classe
The AOC Haut-Médoc is located south of Gironde and follows the upper reaches of the estuary, north of Bordeaux. It includes 6 appellations that occupy the most prestigious terroirs and include the majority of classified growths. Five wines are also included in the 1855 classification (La Laguna, La Tour Carnet, Belgrave, Camensac and Cantemerle). This designation has beautiful serious cuts, conducive to cabernet sauvignon, and an active trading and many castles. At the gates of the Médoc, Ludon, Château Agassac displays its differences and its anti-conformism. It is owned by Groupama but governed by Jean-Luc Zell, which in recent years has done an outstanding job. Beyond specific to each vintage differences, some constants mark this wine consists of 50% Merlot, 47% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc: character, charm, subtlety, sensuality and aromatic persistence. Dense, always very mature, Castle Agassac delights with its purity and elegance. Local tradition says that a Latin inscription found in Castle underground assigns its construction siècle.Toutefois the XIII, the legend does not say if the first of his known lords Gaillard Gassac, was an amateur product of the vine. One thing is sure, the vast and elegant cellars adjoining the fortress still home today our wines and show an ancient winemaking tradition, one of the latest features was the meeting at the end of the 19th century two areas neighbors: D Agassac and Pomiès-Agassac.
|Bottle Size||0.75 L|
|Main grape||Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Grapes||72 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 20 % Merlot, 8 % Cabernet Franc|
|When to drink||2016-2034|
2006 is a proper vintage, which presents a heterogeneous quality due to unfavorable weather conditions. After heavy rainfall recorded in March, the temperature of the four months that followed clearly exceeded seasonal norms. July was even scorching. However, the region suffers August cool and rainy, which delayed ripening. The beginning of September was miraculous, the reviving temperatures with 35 °, but it was followed by heavy rainfall. The end of September and October benefited sunshine which helped save the day. You had to learn to wait to harvest. Moreover, in this difficult vintage in terms of climate, the human hand has really made the difference, forcing the domains to be selective during the harvest, and again the winery. In the end, this vintage reveals very good in the mouth. Early land planted with merlot well have pulled their game. The designations such as Pomerol and Saint Emilion offer velvety wines. The great Cabernets, yet austere to wine tasting, may ultimately prove to be magnificent, especially from Saint-Julien. But they will be expected 2006 to be a year guard. Graves are proving of great finesse. Pauillac wines are distinguished by their aromatic complexity. Saved by the sun of the first days of September, the dry whites show gourmands, aromatic, well balanced. They can be enjoyed on the fruit, even if their aging potential is good. The vintage has produced the sweet wines have suffered particular climatic conditions that made it difficult or impossible the development of botrytis. The selection has been drastic to keep only the berries affected by the noble rot.