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Bordeaux 2020: The Barton Trinity
18 May 2021

Few wines command such reverence and loyalty amongst their followers. Generations of collectors have flocked to Leoville Barton for their go-to quintessential claret. In recent years, under the stewardship of Lilian and her son Damien, the wines have acquired a more refined and cerebral style. The vineyards in the heart of St Julien produce powerful, muscular wines, and with recent technical developments, Leoville Barton now offers complexity, concentration and grand-scale, luxuriant tannins. It’s the perfect expression of classicism combined with modern polished winemaking. Jancis Robinson was “bowled over” as were we. We loved the intensity and purity of fruit, coupled with the regal tannins – this is a proper vin de garde. Langoa Barton is also on a hot streak. There’s a real generosity and charm to the fruit that is most alluring. At £179.00 per six, this is likely to be one of the best value classified growths. And completing the trio, we have the Barton family’s property in Moulis, Mauvesin Barton. Lilian’s daughter, Mélanie has really elevated the quality here, particularly the tannin management. The 2020 is pure, juicy and very drinkable…    Read More

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