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Château Léoville Barton 2017
2nd Classified Growth in 1855
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Château Léoville Barton
The Château Léoville Barton is one of the must-have references of the Saint-Julien appellation. It was in 1725 that Thomas Barton, an Irishman by birth, settled in Bordeaux and founded his own wine trading company. Then in 1826, Hugh Barton, already owner of Château Langoa Barton to Saint-Julien, acquired part of Domaine of Léoville, which he renamed Léoville Barton. During the famous classification of 1855, Château Léoville Barton obtained the title of Sec or Grand Cru Classé. To this day, the Barton family is still in charge of Domaine, making them the oldest family still owning a Cru Classé of Bordeaux.
The 50-hectare vineyard sits on gravel-clay soils facing the Gironde estuary, planted to 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc. The wines are aged 18 months in 60% new barrels.
The Domaine produces a Second wine, the Réserve of Léoville Barton.
The Château Léoville Barton proves to be a wine of great subtlety, complex and showing seduction. A nectar that deserves to improve for a few years to reveal an even more grandiose face.
Critics Château Léoville Barton 2017.
Description Château Léoville Barton 2017.
The Saint-Julien appellation came out with all the honors for this 2017 vintage, where the beginning of the year was initially constraining. But the rest of the viticultural season presented a hot and dry summer, then a magnificent month of September that allowed the vines to give a grape at perfect maturity, concentrated in aromas and color.
Blend of the 2017 vintage : 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot
The robe presents a magnificent deep red color, with beautiful garnet reflections.
The nose plays on seduction, with a bouquet of very ripe forest fruits, blackcurrant and blueberry, enhanced by roasted cocoa, pepper and truffle.
A real olfactory pleasure that continues in the mouth, with a supple and elegant attack revealing a dense, juicy and fleshy body. The tannins coat flavors of currant, blackberry and dark chocolate. Precise and concentrated, it melts into a long, lingering finish.
Food and wine pairing:
Château Léoville Barton 2017 can sublimely pair with beef tenderloin with onions and foie gras sauce, duck breast with pinot noir sauce, pan-fried veal kidneys with mustard, or veal chops with garlic clove.
For a pairing with cheeses, choose uncooked pressed cheeses: Cantal, Edam, aged mimolette, morbier with truffles or Saint-Nectaire.
In desserts, it will be particularly appreciated with a chocolate ganache, a tiramisu but also with a pear-caramel dessert.
Ageing potential and tasting:
Château Léoville Barton 2017 will keep for a long time and will reach its peak between 2032 and 2035.
However, it can be enjoyed beautifully now. To do so, take care to place the bottle in the serving room at room temperature the night before. Open it and decant it at least 6 to 7 hours before tasting.
The bottles will be kept in the cellar, protected from light, lying down, with an optimal hygrometric degree of 70%.