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CHÂTEAU LÉOVILLE BARTON

2015 2ème Cru Classé Saint Julien

Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Haut Médoc
Village Saint Julien
Classification 2ème Cru Classé
ABV 13%

Léoville has the aristo cut and dash that Langoa does in softness and charm. But this is not too massive nor too intensely concentrated, it should drink at 8-15 years old. A faint hint of menthol, a fine, firm, grippy style, so black in expression it's barely fruit, with chalky, Nebbiolo-ish tannins. Classic black dry aromas and firm spicy tannins, and a sense of energy too. Lovely finish with lots going on. Rating: 94-95 L&S (Apr 2016)

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This is a very focused Barton with ultra-fine tannins that are so polished and chalky. It drives through the center palate with currant and berry character. Full-bodied, polished and straightforward with driving tannin. Love the texture. Class. Yes. Drinking range: 2021 - Rating: 96 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Feb 2018)

Deep crimson. Fresh and zesty. Much more lifted than its Langoa stablemate. Really rather glorious actually. Very fresh but with slaty undertow. Now this is a 'mineral' wine! Drinking range: 2028 - 2045 Rating: 18 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Nov 2017)

Grippy and quite backward - as it often tends to be at this early stage - but this has plenty of fruit power and concentration in reserve, with fine tannins and stylish oak integration. One for the cellar. Drinking range: 2025 - 2035 Rating: 94 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com(May 2016)

This is 86% Cabernet Sauvignon (picked September 28th to October 5th) with 14% Merlot (picked September 19th to the 22nd). Alcohol 13%. A rather restrained, sweet, dusty and perfumed blackcurrant nose, although a second sample is more forceful and expressive. A touch smoky, with some almond chocolate notes. A very pure palate, medium-bodied, poised and elegant but in a polished and confident style, rather wrapped up in oaky vanillin lactones on this showing, which lifts the deliciously ripe tannic core to a greater prominence. A very nice potential here, with lovely fruit character, ripe and classically poised, restrained and understated. Rating: 16-17/20 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com(Apr 2016)

Fine concentration of fruit and lovely fragrance; quite discreet for this château. The controlled vigour of better vintages has been replaced by classic ripeness, integrated tannins and fine balance. Drinking range: 2023 - 2040 Rating: 93 Steven Spurrier(Apr 2016)

Glowing purplish crimson. Very obviously 'sweeter' and chunkier than the Langoa Barton just tasted. But not too much. Full of appeal. And there is masses of tannin here! Lots going on here. Drinking range: 2027 - 2045Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Apr 2016)

The 2015 Leoville Barton is a blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Merlot picked between 19-22 September and 28 September until 5 October for the Merlot and Cabernet respectively. Matured in 60% new oak, it has a more compelling and intense bouquet than the 2015 Langoa Barton at this early stage, whereas in other years I have found the siblings closer together. It delivers some lovely blackberry, sage and cigar box scents. The palate is very refined with edgy tannin, beautifully balanced with seamlessly integrated oak. It is the classic Léoville-Barton style, full of energy and showing more breeding than the Langoa on the finish. This is just an outstanding, classic, drop-dead gorgeous Léoville Barton that is destined to give immense pleasure over the coming years. Bravo Anthony, Lilian et al. Drinking range: 2025 - 2055 Rating: 94-96 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com(Apr 2016)

The 2015 Léoville-Barton is superb. Vivid and wonderfully nuanced in the glass, the 2015 offers exceptional purity in its aromas and flavors. As always, the house style favors finesse over pure power, but in 2015 there is a good bit of both. Graphite, pencil shavings and crème de cassis, herbs and mocha meld into a rich, textured, beautifully persistent finish. The tannins are there, but they are nearly buried. Léoville-Barton is not the most powerful or showy Saint-Julien in 2015, but it is class personified. Don't miss it. Rating: 93-96 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com(Apr 2016)

Gutsy, with mouthfilling blackberry and black currant compote flavors buttressed with very lively bramble and licorice notes. There's loads of grip, but this is velvety in feel. Rating: 92—95 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator(Apr 2016)

A very savory and fruity red with red currant and plum aromas and flavors. Full body, firm backbone of tannins and a fresh finish. A generous and fruity young red. Fruity forward in a reserved way. Rating: 94-95 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Mar 2016)

Château Léoville Barton

St Julien Deuxième cru 1855

When the Marquis de Las-Cases-Beauvoir fled France during the Revolution, his Léoville estate was seized with an eye to selling it off. In the end, only a quarter was sold (although a further division occured a few years later), and this was purchased by Hugh Barton who had acquired the neighbouring estate of Château Pontet-Langlois (and re-named it Langoa-Barton) a few years earlier in 1821. The Barton's ownership of Langoa is the longest ownership by one family of any estate in the Médoc.

Hugh's original intention, so it is said, in purchasing a portion of the Léoville estate was to sell it back to the emigré Marquis, but he was an emigré Marquis without sufficient means and the estate stayed with the Barton family, becoming Château Léoville Barton. There was no château attached and the wines were, and still are, made at Langoa.

The Bartons had already been a fixture of the Bordeaux wine trade for a hundred years at this stage - Thomas Barton left his native Ireland in 1722 and settled in Bordeaux, eventually buying Château le Boscq in St Estèphe in 1745. His grandson Hugh, who bought the two Barton estates, developed a wine merchant's business with Daniel Guestier (Barton & Guestier), and the Guestier family proved crucial in protecting the Barton's châteaux during both the French Revolution and World War II when the Bartons had to flee France.

Léoville Barton has 51 hectares in production, the vineyard is of top-class deep gravels - part of the bank that is closest to the Gironde, continuing southward from Las Cases and Poyferré, with Ducru Beaucaillou beyond - with clay underneath. It is densely planted (9100 plants per hectare) with around 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and most of the rest being Merlot.

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