A.O.C. Saint-Julien, Bordeaux, France
Léoville-Barton, sandwiched between the Gironde and the huge expanse of Château Talbot, is widely considered to be a ’super second’ – an estate that is working at a quality level equal to, or approaching, that of a first growth. It is also without doubt the best value quality wine in Saint-Julien.
The history of the château can be traced back to 1722, when Irishman Thomas Barton established a wine trading company here. The fifth and current generation, under Anthony Barton who took over in 1983, has the drive to continue his forefathers great work, producing traditional Saint-Julien at a price to please mere mortals.
“At six years of age, the Leoville Barton is developing quite a refined bouquet with brambly red-berried fruits laced with cedar and a touch of sage. The palate is medium-bodied with rounded, ripe red fruits, a generous dose of cedar and firm, dry tannins that segue into a dry, aristocratic finish. Conservative, but charming.” eRobertParker.com (Jan 2011)
Optimum Drinking Period: 2015-2030
Robert Parker: 92+
Wine Spectator: 91
Stephen Tanzer: 91