93 Points - Stuart McCloskey
The 2011 is starting to show its true potential and unfurls beautifully after an hour two in the decanter. Everything is in the right place – sweet fruit and cassis, which is perfectly framed with fresh acidity and subtle tannins. Of the best Saint Julien’s in 2011 and a joy to drink...
93-95 Points - Neal Martin
The Leoville Barton has a very elegant bouquet that takes time to unfurl. There are lovely notes of blackberry, dark plum and a touch of graphite. It unfurls beautifully if you lend it five minutes. The palate is very well balanced with fine tannins, good substance, very elegant and refined with a natural, slightly earthy finish that is long in the mouth. Superb persistency – this is one of the top Saint Julien wines. Tasted April 2012.
Château Léoville-Barton is situated in the Saint-Julien appellation of Bordeaux and is classified as one of the fifteen Deuxièmes Crus (Second Growths). Unlike most other châteaux, it does not have a château building as it shares its winery with its sibling Château Langoa-Barton which is the château that can be seen on Léoville-Barton’s bottle. This is because the two châteaux were once part of the same estate. Since 1836, the estate has belonged to the Barton family, of Irish descent. The current owner is Anthony Barton, who has run both estates since 1986. Léoville-Barton's 116 acres of vineyards are located along the Gironde river with a soil composition of mostly gravel and a subsoil of clay.
Bordeaux is not only the most famous wine producing region in France but in the world, with the most prestigious châteaux and wines in the industry. Its history dates back to the Roman times and today is the largest producing region of fine wines. Vineyards in Bordeaux are known by châteaux and therefore the name of each individual château is an important brand.
Many top wines are sold ‘En Primeur’ meaning that they are sold in the barrel prior to bottling. Almost 90% of the wine produced in Bordeaux is red (called ‘Claret’ in the UK) from over 8,500 producers. The main reason for the success of the wine production in Bordeaux is the perfect combination of climate, with long hours of sunshine ideal for ripening the grapes and well-draining gravel soil. Appellations are an important part of the Bordeaux culture and the region has 54 appellations recognized by the AOC, the Appellation d’Origine Controlle.
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