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Léoville Barton 2020

SubregionSt Julien
Grape VarietyCabernet Sauvignon/Merlot

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 Anthony's daughter Lilian at the helm and her son Damien now taking an active role too. A real Farr Vintners favourite and a true Bordeaux classic.

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Tasting Notes

A full-bodied red that builds on the palate with lots of blackberry and blueberry character, as well as chocolate. Mineral and graphite undertones. Chewy, yet very integrated. Excellent, as expected.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2021

The 2020 Léoville Barton reveals a deep purple-black color, springing from the glass with vivacious scents of crushed black cherries, cassis and black raspberries, plus hints of cinnamon toast, wild sage, red roses and sassafras. The medium to full-bodied palate is packed with muscular black fruits, framed by grainy tannins and loads of freshness, finishing long and perfumed.Drink 2026-2047

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (May 2021 W), May 2021

Packed full of black chocolate shavings, liquorice, cocoa bean, concentrated cassis and bilberry fruits. Good quality, will bed down and age extremely well, with depth and character but also classicism. As with many in this corner of the Médoc peninsula in this vintage, the austerity to the tannins is very much to the fore right now. May be upscored when in bottle.

Drinking Window 2029 - 2045

Jane Anson, Decanter.com, May 2021

Full bottle 1,345 g. Cask sample taken 6 April. 85.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14.5% Merlot. Aged for 18 months in barrel (60% new).
Lustrous purple. Minerally, stony, saline nose. Really remarkably opulent on palate entry which almost distracts from those massive tannins underneath. There's just a suggestion of vintage port tannins here (not the sweetness). Very fine winemaking indeed. I have to admit I was tempted to swallow this, it was so majestic. I don't remember being as bowled over by a Léoville Barton at this early stage before. Lovely, confident, persistent finish. Such grace! 13.6%
Drink 2030 – 2055

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2021

The 2020 is a blend of 85.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14.5% Merlot that will be aged for 18 months in 60% new French oak. Harvest took place from 14th-28th September. Yields are low at 34hl/ha. Deep purple in colour. A dense, brooding nose of cassis, menthol and cedar with a little savoury cedar. The palate is brambly and rich, full of cassis, liquorice and toasted spice. The tannins are grippy and full, offering ample structure for long-term ageing. Pure dark fruit lingers on the finish of this impressive, dense wine.

Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, April 2021

(85% CS, 15% M; 34hl/ha; 13.6% ABV; 60% new)
Inky purple; dense, closed, raw blackcurrant and subtle gravel; concentrated, medium- to full-bodied, muscular wine, firm in acidity and firmly tannic, a clear long-term prospect, but without the sinews of 2010, for example; crisply ripe blackcurrant in flavor, long to taste across the palate, with a notable tenacity rather than sheer size. Elegance, complexity, finesse, and length. A sort of 1996 with more matter? This will probably need a decade and a half to really mellow and “bouquet.” 2030–50+.

Michael Schuster, The World of Fine Wine, May 2021
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