Château Léoville Barton 2014 2015 2016 (3 vintage

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• Domaine: Château Léoville Barton
• Appellation: Saint-Julien
• Classification: Second Growth, 2ème Grand Cru Classé
• Origin: Left Bank, Bordeaux, France
• Importer: Laguna Cellar

This is a vertical selection of 3 vintages of Château Léoville Barton. It contains one bottle each from 2016, 2015, and 2014.

Château Léoville Barton is steeped in the traditions of the past but make no mistake -- the future for this brilliant estate is an exciting and promising one. With a remarkable history entrenched in a single-family dynasty, Château Léoville Barton boasts the longest familial legacy of a vineyard in all of Bordeaux.  Château Léoville Barton has proudly been in the Barton family for centuries, starting in 1725 with Thomas Barton, an Irishman.  

Château Léoville Barton was once part of the enormous Léoville Estate, consisting of Château Léoville Barton, Château Léoville Las Cases, and Château Léoville Poyferré.  The large property was sectioned off to nobility and fell into Thomas’ hands.  Thomas had no choice but to hold onto the estate for the remainder of his life; if he passed away, the holdings would be given to the French Crown due to his Irish heritage.  Eventually, the stubborn and unyielding Thomas passed it on to his son, Hugh.  Hugh wanted to take over the family business and become a négociant or wine merchant.  Hugh had quite the talent for working in the Wine Trade, and Château Léoville Barton thrived under his leadership.  

Château Léoville Barton was given the ranking of Second Growth during the 1855 Classification.  It is impossible to talk about Château Léoville Barton without mentioning its sister property, Château Langoa Barton.  There is no château at Léoville Barton; the wines are all made in the same vat room as the wines at the other estate.  Interestingly enough, the structure depicted on a label of Château Léoville Barton is actually the property at Château Langoa Barton.  One might ask what the difference is between the two wines if they have the same staff and same vinification room. Though both wines have a ripe, concentrated, spiciness, Château Léoville Barton has garnered quite a bit of attention over the years.

The wines from this esteemed producer are unique to Saint-Julien due to their higher concentrations of Cabernet Sauvignon. This is reflected in the plantings of the vineyards at this 51 Hectare property. The gravely topsoil is planted with mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and dwindling percentages of Cabernet Franc.  Since they’ve increased their percentages of Cabernet Sauvignon in the wine, they continue to plant more of this varietal in the vineyard.  Interestingly enough, their oldest vines are Merlot – some of which are 60 years old.

Many wine drinkers are often taken aback by the strength and fortitude these wines possess, and stylistically they resemble the wines of Pauillac more than their softer Saint-Julien counterparts.   Under the new ownership of Anthony Barton, the quality of these wines continues to skyrocket.  The esteemed wine critic, Robert Parker Jr, considers the wines of Château Léoville Barton to be, “grossly underpriced,” and the quality level to be close to “Super Second Level.”  The accolades continue to pour in.  Château Léoville Barton’s 2016 vintage enjoyed critical success when the wine was rated as Wine Spectator’s #1 Most Interesting Wine in 2019.  Get ready world – it is clear Château Léoville Barton has arrived.

Tasting Notes

This is a vertical selection of 3 vintages of Château Léoville Barton. It contains one bottle each from 2016, 2015, and 2014.

"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." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (11/30/18, Issue 230), Ratings: 95+, Drink: 2021-2046

"The 2015 Léoville Barton has one of the richest bouquets in the appellation, boasting almost ostentatious blackberry, raspberry and bilberry scents on the nose, suffused with crushed limestone and light graphite aromas. The medium-bodied palate is taut and crisp, delivering a fine bead of acidity and freshness from beginning to end. Mainly black fruit here, with suggestions of leather and mocha toward the finish. Superb. Tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting" - Neal Martin, vinous.com, (July, 2019), Rating: 95

"The 2014 Leoville Barton is one of the must-buys of the vintage. Now in bottle, it has a very pure bouquet that gains intensity in the glass, laden with blackberry and raspberry coulis scents, cold wet stone, a wonderful mineralité that becomes more conspicuous with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with tensile tannin, a fine line of acidity that lends this precision and nervosité. There is class and sophistication in situ, not a powerful Léoville Barton, but beautifully poised. This is just a brilliant forerunner to the 2015 and it should represent great value." - Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate (3/17/17), Rating: 94, Drink: 2020-2050

 


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Brand Chateau Leoville Barton
Shipping Weight 9.000000
Stock Status In Stock
Appellation Saint-Julien
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