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Château Léoville Barton 2018

Bordeaux - Saint-Julien - 2ème Grand Cru Classé - Château Léoville Barton
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Bottle 0.75L
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Stored in air-conditioned cellar
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Grape varieties
Cabernet Sauvignon 82%
Merlot 18
Château Léoville Barton

Château Léoville Barton

The Château Léoville Barton is one of the must-have references in 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 Léoville's Domaine, which he renamed Léoville Barton. In the famous 1855 classification, Château Léoville Barton was given the title Second Grand Cru Classé. Today, the Barton family is still at the helm of Domaine, making it the oldest family still owning a Cru Classé from Bordeaux. 

The 50-hectare vineyard is planted on gravel-clay soils facing the Gironde estuary, with 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc. The wines are aged for 18 months in 60% new barrels. 

The Domaine produces a Second wine, the Réserve de Léoville Barton.

The Château Léoville Barton reveals itself to be a wine of great subtlety, complex and seductive. A nectar that deserves to improve for a few years to reveal an even more grandiose face.

Critics Château Léoville Barton 2018.

Robert Parker
94/100
James Suckling
97/100
Wine Spectator
97/100
Jancis Robinson
18/20
Vinous - A. Galloni
96/100

Description Château Léoville Barton 2018.

The 2018 vintage is a very successful one in Bordeaux, marked by several climatic acts. The spring was rather constraining for the technical teams in the vineyard, but the summer proved to be magnificently sunny. The exceptional conditions of August and then the after-season made it possible to harvest red grapes that were particularly rich in sugar and with a high aromatic potential.

Blend of the 2018 vintage: 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot

The robe presents a magnificent deep purple color, adorned with brilliant garnet highlights.

The nose is a harmony between power and finesse, offering beautiful notes of red fruits, raspberry and cherry, menthol, violet and white pepper.

The mouth is silky, voluminous and offers a delicate touch. Releasing greedy flavors of black cherry, spice and roast, it is carried by very fine tannins, to a fleshy finish with great freshness.

Food and wine pairing:

Château Léoville Barton 2018 will go wonderfully with a matured rib of beef cooked on vine shoots from the Médoc, a lamb mouse confit with garlic, a shoulder of wild boar roasted in cider or a stuffed turkey.
For a pairing with cheeses, favor those with uncooked pressed paste: Cantal, Edam, aged mimolette, morbier with truffles or Saint-Nectaire.

For desserts, enjoy it with a milk chocolate and hazelnut dessert, a chocolate ganache or an extra hazelnut tart.

Ageing potential and tasting:
Château Léoville Barton 2018 has a great ageing potential, and will reach its peak between 2035 and 2040.

2018 is a vintage of good drinkability, and for this reason, 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, at an optimal hygrometric degree of 70%.

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