Irish trader Thomas Barton arrived in Bordeaux in 1725. He became an important figure in the wine trade during his lifetime but didn't buy any vineyards. His son, Hugh, purchased Château Langoa in Saint-Julien in 1821 and later acquired a part of the Leoville estate, which would become Léoville Barton. The estate remains in the family today under the stewardship of Lilian Barton. Her children Melanie and Damien have both joined the family business.
This packs some serious punch and drive, with a terrific core of blueberry, açai and plum reduction notes, backed by waves of graphite and roasted apple wood. Has the pleasantly chewy feel typical of St.-Julien, along with an extra-racy graphite edge. Apr 2017, James Molesworth, www.winespectator.com
Score: 96-99/100Wine Spectator
Restrained but textured, a confident delivery of lashings of cassis, bilberry and blackberry fruits. This is an exceptional Léoville-Barton that sacrifices none of its St-Julien signature while delivering a powerful, beautifully sculpted wine. This is a total triumph, my favourite for years at this property. Apr 2017, www.decanter.com, Drink: 2027-2050