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Château Léoville Barton

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Château Léoville Barton, St-Julien Grand Cru Classé

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Château Léoville Barton, St-Julien Grand Cru Classé

Château Léoville Barton is a Deuxième Grand Cru Classé in St.-Julien.

Léoville-Barton was once part of the great Léoville estate, which encompassed what are now Léoville-Barton, Léoville-Poyferré and Léoville Las Cases

Irish Bordeaux merchant Hugh Barton (a friend of fellow Irish merchant Bernard Phelan of Phélan Ségur) first settled in Bordeaux in 1722.  The Bartons first purchased Langoa and then in 1826 bought that part of the Léoville estate which was to become Léoville-Barton.  With no château of its own, Léoville-Barton is made at Langoa. This is also the château featured on the label. 

The 50 hectares of vineyards are planted to 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc.  The soils are gravel over clay, with a high proportion of old vines.

The Barton's spent the majority of their time in Ireland until Ronald Barton took over.  He became the first Barton to be based at the estate.  His nephew Anthony Barton, who took over in 1983, did much to define the austere, classical style here, favouring traditional vinification and as little intervention as possible, to allow the wine to express its terroir.  The estate is now run by Anthony's daughter, Lilian Sartorius-Barton.

RED 1981 1 case Château Léoville Barton 75cl £1,495 per case of 12 Château Léoville Barton
1981 / 1 case / 75cl
£1,495 per case of 12
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RED 1982 1 case Château Léoville Barton 75cl £2,600 per case of 12 Château Léoville Barton
1982 / 1 case / 75cl
£2,600 per case of 12
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RED 1986 1 case Château Léoville Barton 75cl £1,650 per case of 12 Château Léoville Barton
1986 / 1 case / 75cl
£1,650 per case of 12
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RED 1989 1 case Château Léoville Barton 75cl £1,400 per case of 12 Château Léoville Barton
1989 / 1 case / 75cl
£1,400 per case of 12
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RED 1990 2 cases Château Léoville Barton 75cl £1,540 per case of 12 Château Léoville Barton
1990 / 2 cases / 75cl
£1,540 per case of 12
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Tasting Notes"Dark garnet. Complex nose. Sweet and maybe just a notch riper than ideal for Léoville Barton but giving lots of pleasure now. Bone-dry finish but very Léoville Barton! Lovely nose and some freshness on the palate suggests there is no hurry to drink this. Drink 2006 – 2036. 18 points" jancisrobinson.com 2022
RED 1991 9 bottles Château Léoville Barton 75cl £55 per bottle Château Léoville Barton
1991 / 9 bottles / 75cl
£55 per bottle
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RED 1995 1 case Château Léoville Barton 75cl £1,050 per case of 12 Château Léoville Barton
1995 / 1 case / 75cl
£1,050 per case of 12
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RED 1996 1 case Château Léoville Barton 75cl £1,295 per case of 12 Château Léoville Barton
1996 / 1 case / 75cl
£1,295 per case of 12
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RED 1997 1 case Château Léoville Barton 75cl £750 per case of 12 Château Léoville Barton
1997 / 1 case / 75cl
£750 per case of 12
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RED 2000 1 case Château Léoville Barton 75cl £1,450 per case of 12 Château Léoville Barton
2000 / 1 case / 75cl
£1,450 per case of 12
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RED 2001 1 case Château Léoville Barton 75cl £1,040 per case of 12 Château Léoville Barton
2001 / 1 case / 75cl
£1,040 per case of 12
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RED 2003 1 case Château Léoville Barton 75cl £1,280 per case of 12 Château Léoville Barton
2003 / 1 case / 75cl
£1,280 per case of 12
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RED 2004 1 case Château Léoville Barton 75cl £795 per case of 12 Château Léoville Barton
2004 / 1 case / 75cl
£795 per case of 12
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RED 2005 1 case Château Léoville Barton 75cl £1,250 per case of 12 Château Léoville Barton
2005 / 1 case / 75cl
£1,250 per case of 12
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RED 2010 1 case Château Léoville Barton 75cl £1,295 per case of 12 Château Léoville Barton
2010 / 1 case / 75cl
£1,295 per case of 12
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RED 2011 3 cases Château Léoville Barton 75cl £680 per case of 12 Château Léoville Barton
2011 / 3 cases / 75cl
£680 per case of 12
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RED 2016 1 case Château Léoville Barton 75cl £1,050 per case of 12 Château Léoville Barton
2016 / 1 case / 75cl
£1,050 per case of 12
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RED 2017 2 cases Château Léoville Barton 75cl £550 per case of 12 Château Léoville Barton
2017 / 2 cases / 75cl
£550 per case of 12
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RED 2018 2 cases Château Léoville Barton 75cl £660 per case of 12 Château Léoville Barton
2018 / 2 cases / 75cl
£660 per case of 12
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Tasting Notes"The 2018 Léoville Barton has a classy bouquet, a little timid at first, that just requires a few swirls to unleash blackberry and blueberry fruit and hints of crushed violet and desiccated orange peel. It blossoms wonderfully in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, wonderful depth and balance, and quite citric toward the finish, delivering plenty of energy. An excellent Léoville Barton whose sheer drinkability will please many, though I would afford it 4–6 years in bottle. 94 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com, March 2021------"This estate has been on fire in recent vintages, and the 2018 Château Léoville Barton is up there with the best of them. Based on 82% Cabernet Sauvignon and 18% Merlot that was brought up in 60% new French oak, this classic, flawlessly balanced, straight-up awesome Saint-Julien has loads of cassis and mulberry fruits as well as notes of freshly sharpened pencils, leafy tobacco, chocolate, and earth. Rich, medium to full-bodied, and concentrated on the palate, it has building tannins and healthy acidity, yet the fruit is pure, perfectly ripe, and wonderfully integrated with all the wine's components. As is normal with this cuvée, it closes down with extended air and is going to take a solid 8-10 years of bottle age to reach the early stages of maturity. It's going to evolve for 30-40 years in cold cellars. 97 points" Jebdunnuck.com, March 2021
RED 2021 5 cases Château Léoville Barton 75cl £669 per case of 12 Château Léoville Barton
2021 / 5 cases / 75cl
£669 per case of 12
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Tasting Notes"St Julien’s location next to the river Garonne saved it from the worst of the frost, and this is one of the best wines in the appellation. It has energy and plenty of depths of fruit to work through, with powerful spice notes of clove, white pepper and turmeric, with the fresh acidities in the cassis and bilberry fruit turned into a prop for propelling things forward through the palate. And even if all this wasn’t the case, this is a wine to buy in 2021 in memory of Anthony Barton, long-term owner and Bordeaux legend, who died in January 2022. 60% new oak. Tasted twice. 94 points." JaneAnson.com (JA) Apr 2022------"The 2021 Léoville-Barton was picked from 27 September until 7October, matured in 603% new oak. The alcohol is 13.12%. It has a clean and pure bouquet with blackberry, bilberry, cedar and hints of shucked oyster shell: focused and very well delineated, classic in style. The palate has a smooth and cohesive entry, very well-knit with beautifully integrated oak. Crisp acidity with the perfect amount of tension on the classically-styled finish, this Léoville Barton demonstrates the advantages of their brand new cellar (even though the reception was not finished in time!) I cannot see any reason not to own a few bottles of this in your cellar. 93-95 points." Vinous.com (NM) Apr 2022------"A terrific success, the 2021 Léoville Barton unwinds in the glass with aromas of blackcurrant, wild berries and plums mingled with hints of pencil shavings, loamy soil and cigar wrapper. Medium to full-bodied, deep and seamless, it's concentrated and tensile, with beautifully refined tannins, lively acids and all the class that an elevated percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon growing in deep gravel can provide. It's the first vintage vinified in the Barton family's new winery, and I suspect that contributes to the ultra-refined quality of tannin this year. The blend is 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc. Tasted three times. 93-95 points." Wine Advocate (WK) Apr 2022
RED 2022 Château Léoville Barton 75cl £220 per case of 3 Château Léoville Barton
2022 / / 75cl
£220 per case of 3
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RED 2022 Château Léoville Barton 75cl £440 per case of 6 Château Léoville Barton
2022 / / 75cl
£440 per case of 6
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Tasting Notes"The 2022 Léoville Barton is a total model of classicism, even in this warm, dry year. All of the Léoville Barton signatures are present, even if the wine is still coming together. Blue/purplish fruit, lavender, spice, gravel and dried herbs open nicely in the glass, but it is the wine's energy and overall tension that I find most surprising. This is classic as classic gets. Not interested in making the richest or showiest wines, nor interested in jacking up prices as high as they can be. Readers will find a straightforward (in the best sense of the term) Saint-Julien that captures the best of what Bordeaux can be. Just enough of everything, but not too much of any one thing. 93-95 points" Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com------"Very polished and poised with blackberry and blueberry character. Medium body with tight and focused tannin tension. Lively finish. Harmonious for the vintage. 95-96 points" jamessuckling.com------"The 2022 Château Léoville Barton is another pretty, elegant wine from this talented team. A blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11.5 % Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc, its ruby/purple hue is followed by a beautiful perfume of ripe red and black fruits, smoked tobacco, graphite, and violets. Playing in the medium to full-bodied end of the spectrum, it has fine tannins, a supple, elegant mouthfeel, and a great finish. It's surprisingly approachable yet I wouldn't be surprised to see this firm up over the course of its élevage. 94-96+ points" Jebdunnuck.com------"One of the stars of the Médoc and a wine likely to equal or surpass its 2019 and 2016 counterparts, the 2022 Léoville Barton unwinds in the glass with deep aromas of cassis, pencil shavings, spices and tobacco leaf, followed by a medium to full-bodied, deep and layered palate that's vibrant, pure and seamless, with beautifully classy tannins and a long, penetrating finish. The 2022 is a blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11.5% Merlot and 5.5% Cabernet Franc; and it's the first vintage produced in the estate's new winery, which more than doubled the number of vats, permitting sub-plot by sub-plot harvesting and vinification, along with a number of other technical improvements which translate into enhanced purity and precision. 96-97+ points" William Kelley, RobertParker.com-----"The 2022 Léoville Barton was picked between 8 and 23 September at 30hL/ha and matured in 60% new oak. This represents the first vintage that has been vinified using gravity and cuvons (basically vats on wheels!) in their newly-built winery. The nose makes an instant impact with intense black cherry, bilberry and violet aromas. A nuanced estuarine/oyster shell scent emerges with time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with finely-chiseled tannins, fabulous precision, a killer line of acidity and more mineralité on the finish, that it knows what to do with. This is a precision-tooled Léoville Barton with the sharpness of a samurai sword. The 2022 marks the start of a new and glorious chapter for the Saint-Julien estate, which passes in the slipstream of the 22019 and 2022. It constitutes the finest Léoville Barton that I have tasted out of barrel. Tasted three times. points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com
RED 2023 Château Léoville Barton 75cl £336 per case of 6 Château Léoville Barton
2023 / / 75cl
£336 per case of 6
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Tasting Notes"The 2023 Léoville Barton was picked from September 12 to October 2 and aged in 60% new oak. This takes a long time to settle in the glass, unfolding with black fruit, wild mint and a subtle seaweed scent. This Saint-Julien gains cohesion with aeration—a bit of pep. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins. A touch of dark chocolate infuses the black fruit, harmonious with a patina of new oak that will integrate with time. This is classic Léoville Barton from tip to toe, and whilst it does not match the imperious 2022, it is a very impressive follow-up due to its interwoven elegance. 92-94 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com------"The 2023 Château Leoville Barton is another terrific wine from this château, and it plays in the fresh, vibrant, lively style of the vintage beautifully. Utterly classic blackcurrants, ripe tobacco, graphite, and cedar pencil notes define the aromatics, and this beauty is medium to full-bodied, has terrific concentration, the pure, focused, mineral-driven style of the vintage, building yet ripe tannins, and a great finish. It has plenty of acidity as well as tannins and is built for the cellar. The blend is 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, and 3% Cabernet Franc, raised in 60% new oak. Harvest dates were the 12th of September to the 2nd of October. 93-95+ points" Jebdunnuck.com------"The 2023 Léoville Barton is a lovely classic in the making, unfurling in the glass with aromas of cassis and blackberries mingled with notions of pencil shavings, licorice and violets. Medium to full-bodied, ample and fleshy, it's layered, concentrated and suave, with beautifully refined tannins, vibrant acids and a long, penetrating finish. Benefiting from the Barton family's new highly functional winery, as well as experimentation with more discreet cooperage choices, it's somewhat reminiscent of the estate's terrific 2016. The 2023 blend is 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc. 94-96 points" William Kelley, RobertParker.com------"The tannins here are cashmere-like. You can touch it, but at the same time it is weightless and beautiful. Medium- to full-bodied and textural. Soars at the end. This is really seamless and dialed in. Third year using the cellar. 87% cabernet sauvignon, 10% merlot and 3% cabernet franc. 96-97 points" jamessuckling.com------"Step into the heart of what St Julien does best here, firm and muscular but thoroughly juicy tannins, concentrated blackberry and cassis fruits that are mature but full of finesse, with just the right amount of precision and tension. This is a wine where a single glass will not be enough, and reminds you that in 2022 the wines were exceptional but atypical for many Bordeaux lovers. Here you get an understated gloriously drinkable St Julien from long-term owners the Barton family that will go the distance. 60% new oak for ageing. 97 points" janeanson.com

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