2019 Châteaux Léoville-Barton: £648 IB per dozenWednesday, June 17
Our first important releases of today are those great favourites Léoville and Langoa-Barton, both offered at a very compelling discount to the 2018 vintage.
At £324 per six bottles compared to £378 last year, the 2019 Léoville has potential to be long-lived and leans to a more classic expression of this epitomy of St.-Julien, with lots of aromatic complexity. Tasting it last week we were surprised and impressed by the fine fruit purity and elegance of the tannins. Graphite, smoke and tar with fine floral aromas shroud the intense cassis fruit character at the moment, which will express itself wonderfully with around seven or eight years of ageing. We suspect this price will seem very reasonable indeed in 2030!
Martin, Anson and Suckling all score it in the 94-96 point range, which we can't help feel is conservative based on our own tasting. We think the bottle scores will be higher, vis-à-vis the 2016 vintage, which scored fractionally lower than the '19 on release but was chosen as 'Wine Of The Year' by The Wine Spectator in 2019.
Meanwhile, Langoa-Barton continues to go from strength to strength, with the price down and the quality up. At just £353 per dozen bottles compared to £435 last year, the price has a delightfully retro feel to it.
As with the Léoville, we were impressed by the refined tannins, which are extremely well-integrated. This pair of wines more than any other has helped us to grasp how elegance is a key aspect to the 2019 vintage. Unlike Léoville, Langoa could well drink much earlier, in five or six years. With scores just a point or so behind its big sibling, it looks like supply will be limited, so please hurry if you would like to add it to your cellar.
Offered En Primeur, landing Spring 2022
Lilian Sartorius-Barton presents the 2019 vintage:
2019 Château Léoville-Barton, St-Julien Grand Cru Classé
“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 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com
“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. 95-96 points" jamessuckling.com
“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. 96 points". Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine
The vivid purple, almost blue-hued 2019 Château Léoville Barton is a Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated wine that includes 16% Merlot. It will spend 18 months in a mix of new and used barrels. Classic Barton notes of cassis, scorched earth, burning embers, new leather, and violets emerge from the glass, and this beauty is full-bodied, massively concentrated, and structured on the palate, yet it has a beautiful elegance as well as a plushness in its texture. Nevertheless, it's not for those seeking instant gratification and is going to need 10-15 years of bottle age to hit maturity. It reminds me of the 1990 and is a great, great wine in the making. If you love Léoville Barton, don't miss this wine! 97-99+ points." Jeb Dunnuck, Jun 2020
£648 IB per dozen bottles (VERY LIMITED AVAILABILITY)
Offered en primeur, ex-chateau, due to land in the UK in Spring 2022. Priced in bond, excluding UK duty, VAT and onward delivery, payable at the prevailing rate on release from bond. Stock subject to availability, E&OE.