This famous property has been in the same family since 1826, when Hugh Barton purchased a quarter of the big Léoville estate, his part then becoming known as Léoville-Barton. As at Ch Langoa-Barton, the current proprietors are Anthony Barton’s daughter Lilian Barton-Sartorius and her two children Mélanie, an oenologist, and Damien (representing the 8th Barton generation). The Bartons are one of only two families (the others being the Rothschilds) to have retained ownership of their properties, since the 1855 Classification.
In 2016, Cabernet Sauvignons constitute 86% of the blend, with Merlots the balance. Average age of the vines is 38 years, which have given a wine of modest, refreshing alcohol – 13 degrees – now ageing in 60% new barrels. Colour is deep purple, all the way to the rim, with strikingly aromatic, vivacious red and black fruit pungency. The wine is richly structured, with a perfect balance of acidity and tannins, fruit intensity and magnificent length. This wine combines power, fruit concentration, finesse and silky tannins. If you have a child, grand-child or god-child born or conceived in 2016, this could be the perfect gift. The wine will mature gently over two or more decades, gaining length, smoothness, complexity and great beauty through the years – however, our allocations are limited (for drinking 2022-2040+).
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