Spotlight on: Chateau Leoville Barton
One of the few Bordeaux based wine producers that doesn’t actually have a chateau, Leoville Barton has still managed to maintain their esteemed reputation as one of the finest wine producers in the region. Here we list some interesting facts around one of France’s most revered red wines.
- No Chateau, No Problem
Château Léoville Barton is the smallest portion of the great Léoville estate and has been owned by the Barton family since 1826. There is no château and the wine is made at Langoa Barton. Léoville Barton's 48 hectares of vineyards are located in the east of the St-Julien wine appellation and lie on gravelly-clay soils. They are planted with Cabernet Sauvignon 72%, Merlot 20%, Cabernet Franc 8%. The wine is matured in oak barriques (50% new) for 18 months.
- On the Up from the 80s
Since Anthony Barton took over the reins from his Uncle Ronald in the mid 80s, quality has soared at Léoville Barton and the wine has gone from being a solid mid-league performing 2ème Cru Classé to one of the most exciting and scintillating wines in St. Julien.
- All in the Tannins
Léoville Barton is tannic and austere in youth but with time develops the classic cedary character that is the hallmark of St. Julien, along with intensely pure blackcurrant and cassis fruit notes. Léoville Barton's wines are made for extended cellaring and tend to show at their best with 10-15 years of bottle ageing.
- Pruned to Perfection
It is important to note that Chateau Leoville Barton does not green harvest. Instead they rely on pruning to reduce yields. Aside from their vineyards, the estate also include one of the most beautiful, picturesque gardens in the Medoc, located directly behind the chateau.
- Value for money
Leoville Barton is a sturdy, structured Bordeaux wine with tannin that requires time to develop. Traditional, masculine and beefy in style, this property is popular with some collectors because of the reasonable prices the estate charged for their wines.