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Bordeaux 2019: Château Léoville Barton
17 June 2020

We have long been champions of the Barton wines. A more quintessentially British claret is hard to find in all of Bordeaux. But where this may have equated to a structured firmness in years gone by, recent vintages have seen a refinement of tannins, more plushness to the fruit, and greater overall polish. The firm core of St Julien fruit remains, the terroir has not changed after all, but the arrival of Lilian’s son Damien seems to be running concurrently with a Leoville Barton that brings a little 21st Century magic to its already hugely popular formula. The breath-taking 2016 seemed to mark the start of something special and the 2019 looks set to repeat the feat. And it’s not just the grand vin Leoville Barton that’s coming in for improvement, both Langoa and Mauvesin have made great strides in quality in recent years. With today’s prices of £324/6 for Leoville Barton, and £177/6 for Langoa Barton, these look like firm buys for followers of either estate. Mention should also be made of Mauvesin Barton, their hugely improved Moulis – at £67/6 this is dinner party magic in the making…. “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. 2026 – 2065. 94-96/100”. - Neal Martin, vinous.com    Read More

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