Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Thomas Barton, an Irish trader arrived in Bordeaux in 1725. He became an important figure in the wine trade but never purchased any vineyards. But his son Hugh did! He purchased Château Langoa in Saint-Julien and also acquired that part of the Léoville estate, which would become Léoville Barton. The 45 hectare 2nd growth estate remains in the family today under the stewardship of Lilian Barton. Her children Melanie and Damien have both joined the family business.
'The 2013 Léoville-Barton has a more backward bouquet compared to the Langoa-Barton 2013, but there is more perfume here with blackberry, a touch of sea spray and cold limestone. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe tannin, a crisp line of acidity with finesse and elegance on the finish, which is one of the best you'll find in Saint Julien. This finishes with a flourish after a conservative opening and it should yield a decade of pleasure, maybe more. This is a solid showing in a tough vintage.' 90 points, Neal Martin