In 1826, Hugh Barton, owner of Château Langoa Barton, purchased part of the vineyards of the Léoville estate, which was then renamed “Léoville Barton“. The quality of the estate’s wines was acknowledged in the famous 1855 classification, when it was listed as a second growth. The estate is still owned by the Barton family who believe very much in the importance of the terroir. Together, they produce signature Saint-Julien wines with superb finesse, balance, and a long-lasting freshness.
Twice in the history of the Bartons, one of the family members has been forced to flee from France: in 1793 Hugh returned to Ireland during the French Revolution, and later, Ronald had to temporarily abandon the château in 1940. He returned in 1945 to produce a mythical vintage. Today, Lilian Barton Sartorius represents the ninth generation of Bordeaux winegrowers and the oldest family to still own a great growth estate.
The 2019 Léoville-Barton is fabulous. In the glass, the 2019 captures all of the natural intensity of the year while remaining so true to its identity; that's always the sign of a great terroir. Graphite, lavender, crème de cassis, licorice, jasmine and dark spice are some of the many nuances that unfold across this wine. What a gorgeous wine the 2019 is. 94-96 Galloni
The 2019 Léoville Barton is a different kettle of fish compared to its sibling Langoa. It has a complex bouquet of blackberry, sous-bois, tobacco and minerals, much more introverted yet exceedingly complex. The palate is exquisite in terms of balance, laden with intense black fruit laced with orange zest, that citrus element counterbalancing the tannic grip and structure. There is a sense of completeness to this Léoville-Barton, certainly on par with the best vintages in recent years. A formidable yet charming Saint-Julien in the making. 94-96 Neal Martin
Medium to full intensity in colour, this is glass-staining ruby and yet another hit from an estate that is making seriously great wine right now. Mint and eucalyptus are clear, tension and grip held through the palate. This has shoulders and swagger to the tannins, pure cassis hit of fruit and some lovely black chocolate and slate overtones along the way. Strays almost to Pauillac in terms of the weight of the tannins, but it's brilliant."
-Decanter Magazine, 96/100 Points
AREA UNDER VINE 50 hectares
TOTAL PRODUCTION 180,000 bottles
SOIL Gravel on a clay subsoil
GRAPE VARIETIES 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc
AGEING 18 months in French oak barrels - New barrels: 60%
SECOND WINE La Réserve de Léoville Barton