The history of Leoville Barton is
the history of a family who have managed to preserve their inheritance for more
than 2 centuries. Grandson of Thomas Barton, founder of Barton & Guestier, Hugh
Barton consolidated the considerable family fortune. When he had to flee France
during the Revolution, he returned to his home country, Ireland. In spite of the
many problems encountered in those troubled times, he managed to come back to
France quite frequently to look after his interests. Having acquired château
Langoa in 1821, Hugh Barton bought part of château Léoville in 1826 and called
it Léoville Barton.From one generation to another the wines produced by the two
properties have maintained the quality of their classification, offering wines
at the very top of their appellation.
soil of St Julien is ideal for vines, due to its geographic situation and its
climate ; every element is present to produce wines of exceptional quality and
elegance. Châteaux Langoa and Léoville barton have the great privilege of being
in the very heart of this appellation. The third of the famous trio of Saint
Julien properties that 200 years ago formed one estate belongings to Alexander
de Gasq. Property of the illustrious Barton family since 1836, vineyard has no
actual Château, so the wine is made and bottled at the Barton's neighboring
Chateau Leoville Barton
An opaque purple color is accompanied by reluctant aromas of cassis, earth, oak,
and licorice. The spectacular quality becomes even more evident in the mouth.
The wine is enormous, but symmetrical, with thrilling levels of concentration,
beautifully integrated acidity, tannin, and wood, and a finish that lasts for
nearly a minute. Since Anthony Barton took over the reins from his Uncle Ronald in the mid 80s, quality has soared at Léoville Barton and the wine has gone from being a solid mid-league performing 2ème Cru Classé to one of the most exciting and scintillating wines in St. Julien.