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One of the trio of estates that were formed by the split of the giant Léoville estate, this is the smallest of the three. Owned by the Barton family since 1826, Anthony took over from his uncle Roland in the 1980s, and is now aided by his daughter Lilian and grandson Damien. The 2019 is a tour de force, with a certain wildness to the nose, and tons of texture and intensity on the palate. This is clearly a thoroughbred: give it time, and then reap the rewards.
Very finely textured with pure blue fruit and lavender and violet undertones. It’s full-bodied with pure, focused fruit. Extremely long and refined. Clearly better than the 2018.
Medium to full intensity in colour, this is glass-staining ruby and yet another hit from an estate that is making seriously great wine right now. Mint and eucalyptus are clear, tension and grip held through the palate. This has shoulders and swagger to the tannins, pure cassis hit of fruit and some lovely black chocolate and slate overtones along the way. Strays almost to Pauillac in terms of the weight of the tannins, but it's brilliant.
The 2019 Léoville Barton is a different kettle of fish compared to its sibling Langoa. It has a complex bouquet of blackberry, sous-bois, tobacco and minerals, much more introverted yet exceedingly complex. The palate is exquisite in terms of balance, laden with intense black fruit laced with orange zest, that citrus element counterbalancing the tannic grip and structure. There is a sense of completeness to this Léoville-Barton, certainly on par with the best vintages in recent years. A formidable yet charming Saint-Julien in the making.
Ready 2015 - 2024
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Ready 2018 - 2035
Ready 2010 - 2027