“A terrific success, the 2021 Léoville Barton unwinds in the glass with aromas of blackcurrant, wild berries and plums mingled with hints of pencil shavings, loamy soil and cigar wrapper. Medium to full-bodied, deep and seamless, it’s concentrated and tensile, with beautifully refined tannins, lively acids and all the class that an elevated percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon growing in deep gravel can provide. It’s the first vintage vinified in the Barton family’s new winery, and I suspect that contributes to the ultra-refined quality of tannin this year. The blend is 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc. Tasted three times.” 93-95 pts., William Kelley, robertparker.com
2021 Chateau Leoville Barton 2eme Cru Classe, Saint-Julien 6x75cl
£333 / Case£55.50 / BottleDuty Status: In BondAvailability: En Primeur
84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc. Cask sample. Minerally and racy with a density that is often missing in 2021. Layers of fruit and plentiful but refined tannins. Structured and persistent, the quality of the vineyard appreciable. Fresh and well defined. Good balance. Definite potential. [22/04/2022]
Anticipated maturity: 2029-2045
Area under vines: 50 hectares
Soils: gravel on clayey subsoil
Average age of the vines: 30 years
Production: 200,000 bottles a year
Ageing: in 60% new oak barrels for 24 months
- Cabernet Sauvignon 74%
- Merlot 23%
- Cabernet Franc 3%
Second wine: Reserve de Leoville Barton
- Cabernet Sauvignon
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