2016 Mauvesin Barton, Moulis

SKU #1393218 91-93 points Wine Enthusiast

 The tannins in this juicy wine melt into the delicious black currant fruit. It has a crisp edge and a juicy aftertaste. (RV)  (4/2017)

92 points James Suckling

 This has a coal-smoke and dark-stone edge to the nose, which is classic, Moulis style with attractive cassis and brambleberries. The palate delivers a juicy and bold feel with redder fruit, as well as smoothly rendered tannins that hold in almost creamy mode.  (2/2019)

91 points Vinous

 The 2016 Mauvesin Barton has turned out beautifully. Pliant and generous on the palate, the 2016 is wonderfully racy, yet retains its classic mid-weight sense of structure. Sweet red cherry, plum, rose petal, spice and mint all flesh out in this succulent Moulis en Médoc. In 2016, the Cabernet Sauvignon was affected by frost, so there is more Merlot in the blend than is typically the case. Tasted two times. (AG)  (1/2019)

90 points Jeb Dunnuck

 From the team of Léoville Barton, the 2016 Mauvesin Barton is mostly Merlot yet includes 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot. It’s a flowery, tobacco, leafy herbs, and spicy effort that has plenty of black cherry fruits, medium body, moderate tannins, and terrific balance. It’s a charming, elegant Moulis to drink over the coming decade or so.  (2/2019)


 There is a touch of juicy tartness to the attack before filling out extremely prettily, displaying a clear sense of balance and vibrancy to the wild cherry fruits and charred cedar edging with a twist of elegance. It's a step up from the early years under the Barton family, and a good choice for easy drinking, not trying too hard to shout about its arrival. (JA)  (4/2017)

Jancis Robinson

 Very neat and polished without being at all forced. Classic stuff — Barton Lite-ish. Very nice top-quality oak influence and a bone-dry finish. Lots of energy here. (JR)  (4/2017)

K&L Notes

91 points, Neal Martin in Vinous: "The 2016 Mauvesin Barton has a perfumed bouquet of red cherries, crushed strawberry and hints of soy and warm gravel. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, supremely well-judged acidity and a detailed, elegant finish that lingers in the mouth. I must hold up my hands and admit that I underrated this out of barrel (mean old me), and happily upgrade my score." (01/2019)

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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/31/2019 | Send Email
This is Lilian Barton’s home and the property’s third year of production. Their best to date with a spicy and lively entry and red fruit flavors on the palate. It has great balance of fruit, tannin, and acid.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


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