Anthony Barton's second growth is always a top quality Bordeaux of classic proportions. Structured, Cabernet Sauvignon dominated wines are produced here that are serious, controlled and pure. The 50 hectare vineyard is planted 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc. Always the epitome of Saint Julien and the ultimate "Englishman's Claret". The Barton family traditions continue with Lilian at the helm and her son Damien now taking an active role too.
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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. 2026 - 2065.
Sporting a deep garnet-purple color, the 2019 Léoville Barton comes bounding out of the glass with exuberant notes of black raspberries, wild blueberries and crushed red and black currants plus hints of cedar chest, pencil lead, crushed rocks and red roses with a suggestion of Indian spices. The medium-bodied palate is chock-full of ripe, expressive black fruits and a very sophisticated, fine-grained texture, possessing plenty of freshness and finishing with impressive style and poise. While this beauty is just dripping with class, it's that flirtatious peek of perfume and fruitiness that really makes your heart pound. Love it! 2025 - 2055
A pure, focused red with blackberries and blackcurrants. Very floral, too. Medium-to full-bodied, tight and fine-tannined. Pretty clarity and balance to this. Less muscular than the 2018, but very attractive all the same.
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.
84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot.
Dark, deep purplish crimson. Briary, high-toned nose. A very long-term proposition! Massive tannins and dry Cabernet fruit. Quite painful at this early stage. 14%
Drink 2033 – 2050
84% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Merlot. Saturated purple colour. Intensely focused on pure cassis fruit on the nose, layers of cedar, menthol and pencil shavings come through with air. The palate is both intense and very driven. Mouthcoating, chewy tannins ensure great ageing potential, but dark fruit rushes through this structure, unfurling from a tightly wound core. Smoky spices build through the mid palate, but there is no escaping the density of both fruit and structure. Growing through the finish, this muscular, powerful effort should be left for at least a decade. It is an outstanding effort from the Chateau that will age effortlessly for decades.
The 2019 is a blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Merlot, with ageing to take place in 60% new French oak as normal. Opaque purple colour in the glass. Superb purity on the nose, with refined cassis, cedar and light accents of nutmeg. The palate follows this precision, with real drive of black fruit that has huge intensity but narrow focus. The tannins are mouthcoating and grippy, but are ripe - they will allow this wine to age for many decades. The balance and proportion in this muscular wine are absolutely superb, and leave a harmonious, pure, black-fruited finish with finely integrated dark chocolate and vanilla. A superb Léoville Barton.
Big rich, powerful wine with pencil lead precision. This is a brilliant wine, I loved it En Primeur and it is delivering on expectations. It's big, as is Langoa in this vintage, with damson and black cherry fruits, and tons of gourmet notes from brioche to bacon rind to chocolate shavings. The tannins are going to need a good decade to soften, but when it is ready, this is going to be such a fun wine to share with friends.
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. Drinking Window 2029 - 2045
84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot. Barrel sample.
A graceful wine but with plenty of reserve. Great depth and purity of fruit. Refined cedar and cassis nose. Vibrant palate with a juicy quality to the fruit, plentiful tannins and a texture that is silky and smooth. Fresh, long and persistent. The absolute in harmony. (JL)
Drink 2030 – 2050