Awarded 94 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their January 2021 edition article, Wines Of The Year (see blue link below).
Chateau Leoville Barton, 2eme CC, St-Julien 2016 - January 2021 Decanter review
Awarded 95 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) (see link below).
Chateau Leoville Barton, 2eme CC, St-Julien 2016 - Decanter review
- Wine Spectator 97 points (Wine #1 top 100, 2019)
- James Suckling 97 points
"The 2016 Léoville-Barton is fabulous. A wine of breadth and power, the 2016 has so much to offer. The black cherry, chocolate, gravel, smoke and licorice flavors are all boldly sketched. A host of expressive savory and mineral notes develop into the substantial finish. Drink: 2026-2046. 96 points" - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, (Jan 2019).
"Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Leoville Barton delivers a superstar nose of crème de cassis, plum preserves and blueberry compote with suggestions of fragrant earth, unsmoked cigars, licorice and cedar chest. Medium to full-bodied, rich and seductive with firm yet velvety tannins, it has a decadently rich finish. Drink: 2021-2046. 95+ points" - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (30/11/18, issue 231)
The Barton family's passion for wine is reflected in the elegance and consistency of Château Léoville Barton. This estate was classified as a 2nd Grand Cru Classé in 1855 and lies within the iconic terroir of Saint Julien in the Médoc.
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 across at Langoa.
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 with around 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and most of the rest being Merlot.
For the 2016: Harvested 29th September to 1st October (Merlot), then from 5th to 13th October (Cab Sauv).
Elevage in 50-60% new (French oak) barriques for 18 months.
Cabernet Sauvignon 86%, Merlot 14%.
Intense ruby colour, the nose reveals vivid notes of black fruits (black cherry, blackcurrant, blueberry) with a touch of ink. The mouth is ample, powerful and you feel the freshness of the red fruits. The tannins are delicate with a long finish.