Originally part of the great Leoville Estate the property was split into three smaller parcels which are now known as Leoville Barton, Leoville Poyferre and Leoville Las Cases. The Barton family took ownership of their part of the Leoville Estate in 1836 and it has been a much revered wine since. They Barton family also own Langoa Barton and it is at this Chateau that the wines of both properties are made.
Currants, floral, pure and pristine, oak spice and just a hint of magic in this wine. The palate is dry and savoury. Tight, firm and mean at the moment the balance here is excellent. The class of the Barton family shines through. Buy as much of this as you can afford and leave it for as long as you can.
St-Julien – Described as ‘the Gentlemans Claret’ for its elegance and restraint. These wines often impress for the balance but never blow you away with overt characters or brass flavours. St-Julien wines age very well and in a good cellar the top wines will probably out live anyone of us.
2010 – Largely over looked after the amazing 2009s. Is this better than 2000, 2005, 2009? Is it more like the famous vintages to follow up the greats such as 1996 and 2001? All I know is that after tasting the first shipment of 2010s my customers requested a second tasting and fast. See Decanters notes of the vintage here.