Chateau Leoville Barton 2016
Intense ruby color, the nose reveals vivid notes of black fruits (black cherry, blackcurrant, blueberry) with a touch of ink. The mouth is ample, powerful and you feel the freshness of the red fruits. The tannins are delicate with a long finish.
Blend: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot
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Terrific intensity of dark berries, almost peppery blackcurrants and violets with attractive and integrated, spicy oak and an earthy edge. The palate has a super powerful and long, linear core with plenty of fruit flesh strapped in tight for a long and thrilling ride into the finish. A blend of 86 per cent cabernet and 14 per cent merlot. Try from 2024.
Effusively fruity and fresh on the nose and very well-concentrated if showing a bit of youthful tightness on the palate, this wine starts out with a real sense of promise only partially kept in its slightly taut, not-fully-developed flavors. It in some ways recalls the reticence of the wine from its slightly more northerly-sited neighbor, Château Leoville-Poyferré, but it is slightly deeper with more fruit consequence and is the one we would more readily choose to age.
In 1826, Hugh Barton, already proprietor of Chateau Langoa, purchased part of the big Leoville estate. His part then became known as Léoville Barton. Six generations of Bartons have since followed, and continued to preserve the quality of the wine, classified as a Second Growth in 1855.
In 1983, Anthony Barton, the present owner, was given the property by his uncle Ronald Barton who had himself inherited it in 1929. Anthony Barton's daughter Lilian Barton Sartorius now helps her father in managing the estate. Together, they maintain the traditional methods of winemaking, producing a typical Saint-Julien of elegance and distinction. The Château Léoville Barton is the property of the Barton’s family and Lilian Barton Sartorius manages it with her two children, Mélanie and Damien.