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Château Léoville Barton is the smallest portion of the great Léoville estate and has been owned by the Barton family since 1826. There is no château and the wine is made at Langoa Barton.
Léoville Barton's 48 hectares of vineyards are located in the east of the St-Julien wine appellation and lie on gravelly-clay soils. They are planted with Cabernet Sauvignon 72%, Merlot 20%, Cabernet Franc 8%. The wine is matured in oak barriques (50% new) for 18 months.
Since Anthony Barton took over the reins from his Uncle Ronald in the mid 80s, quality has soared at Léoville Barton and the wine has gone from being a solid mid-league performing 2ème Cru Classé to one of the most exciting and scintillating wines in St. Julien.
Léoville Barton is tannic and austere in youth but with time develops the classic cedary character that is the hallmark of St. Julien, along with intensely pure blackcurrant and cassis fruit notes. Léoville Barton's wines are made for extended cellaring and tend to show at their best with 10-15 years of bottle ageing.
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"Closed in with only hints of fruit in evidence now. Brilliantly crafted modern style. Rich carpet of fruit with encompassing fine tannins. Serious wine. 5-12 years. 5 Stars." Hugo Rose - Decanter - Apr-2005
Bottle 12 x 75cl
Whenever Bordeaux is criticised for its price rises or lack of understanding of customer needs there is one name that is always excepted: Anthony Barton. Not only are his wines always very fairly priced, but at their best they rival the quality of the First Growths. 2003 is yet another such year. A lovely fresh herbaceous nose of fine cassis, eucalyptus and tarry hints is followed by a powerful, masculine palate with rich blackcurrant fruit, Léovilles classic clout and a typically long finish.
Magnum 6 x 150cl
Bottle 6 x 75cl
No property epitomises the success in St Julien more than this one. A fabulous wine with its firm, chewy, intense flavours supported by a refined elegance on the finish. Outstanding. A truly fine wine from a property of immense class.
Very much the epitome of an English gentleman, the charming Anthony Barton must be one of the most reasonable proprietors in Bordeaux. Year after year he leads the quest for prices to come down; if only other châteaux owners would follow suit! The 2008 is loaded with massive, chewy tannins that coat the mouth while the underlying essence of dark, brooding blackcurrant fruit is perfectly complemented by notes of coffee and chocolate. It will take many years for the complexity and depth of this wine to shine through but the long, fulfilling finish is an indication of just how good it will become. This will be a force to be reckoned with when fully mature.
As with its sister property Ch. Langoa Barton, Ch. Léoville Barton shows well in 2012. Not as initially exuberantly fruity as Langoa, but more profound. There is a good density of fruit and a robust but not a clumsy approach. The tannins which, in 2012, can be problematic elsewhere, are well-judged and support the typically assertive Léoville Barton fruit. Again, selection was the key. The difficulties faced in 2012 persuaded the Bartons to rent a new-fangled optical sorter for the harvest, a machine originally developed for the garden pea industry and subsequently found to be ideal for identifying and ejecting less than perfect grapes. It has become the must-have gadget in the most advanced Bordelais cellars. The Barton cellars retain a homely feel, but such was the success of the optical sorter that the short term rental was quickly converted to a full-time purchase. The proof of the value of the investment is in the wine. Mark Pardoe MW, Wine Buying Director
D. Magnum 1 x 300cl
As ever, the urbane Antony Barton is the voice of reason in 2007: prices must come down but we should not forget that 2007 has yielded some very good wines. His Léoville-Barton is convincing proof of that! More feminine than usual with lovely charm and finesse, this Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated (70%) wine has harmonious, focused black cherry and blackberry fruit supported by firm but supple tannins and an impressive minerality. Creamy and restrained it has the cedar and leather notes of great St Julien. Like a finely tailored bespoke suit, this Léoville-Barton is perfectly judged and as classy as ever.
Once again a deep, dense wine, Ch. Léoville Barton’s 2009 massively concentrated with dark, hedgerow fruit and ripe, but refreshingly firm tannins. An earthy complexity and savoury hint of oak mingle with the fruit on the palate. This will be a wine to keep for many a long year but it will be well worth the wait.
Anthony Barton was not over-estimating this wine when he compared it to his outstanding 1996 - it is unquestionably of super Second Growth quality. With its more masculine style, this is always the star performer of the Barton brace and the 2004 expresses all that is best about this aristocratic estate. The nose is very fine and displays multi-faceted, lively fruit characteristics.The palate is dense with delicious, ripe, complex blackcurrant fruit and a fabulous, long, cool finish. This is a resounding success for the Barton family and is undoubtedly one of the star wines of the vintage.
A huge wine. The stunningly complex and perfumed nose has a aromas of pure berry fruit, mocha, spice and reviving minerality, combined with the richness evident in the Langoa. The palate is at the same time exuberantly rich and enticing as well as being demurely delicate and fresh with an astoundingly long length. The great structure implies that this will require some patience. This is a superbly sexy Leoville Barton that has a certain "wow" factor and is a cellar must-have. Fine Wine Team, Oct 2008 This is a powerful brooding Léoville-Barton. As classy as ever, it has lots of everything - fruit, tannins and acidity - all in perfect balance. There is an exciting mineral tension to the taut, concentrated wild blackberry and cedar flavours, reflecting both the elegant, classic character of 2006 as well as St Julien's inimitable style. Another very good result for the Barton clan. (Simon Staples, Fine Wine Director, June 2007