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.
'Tasted at BI Wine & Spirits' 10-Years-On tasting, the 2007 Leoville-Barton is more vigorous and fruit-driven than the Langoa, with gorgeous dark berry fruit, wilted rose petals and orange blossom scents that really blossom in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with a sensual, quite rounded opening that belies the structure of this Leoville Barton, armed with black pepper and cedar towards the long finish. This is a Saint Julien that has always threatened to come good and at ten years of age, and it is beginning to take flight. A couple of cases of this in your cellar and you cannot go wrong.' Tasted February 2017. 92 pts, Neil Martin, Jun 2017, www.robertparker.com