The wines of Anthony Barton of Irish descent (Wild Geeese) exist in a unique place; ranked 2nd grand cru classe’, there are few wines held in such high regard by the press, the trade and consumer alike. The history of the Barton family may be traced back to 1722, when Irishman Thomas Barton left his native Curraghmore for foreign shores, settling in Bordeaux. Here he established a wine trading company. His grandson, Hugh Barton with Daniel Guestier founded one of the region`s best known and long-lived merchant businesses, Barton & Guestier. The château and vineyards were handed down from one generation to the next, ultimately to today`s proprietor, Anthony Barton. At over 180 years this is the longest period of single-family ownership of any property in Bordeaux. There are now 47 ha of vineyards at Château Léoville-Barton, lying close to the Gironde, sandwiched between the water and the huge expanse of vineyards belonging to Château Talbot. They have a typical St Julien terroir of gravelly soils over deeper clay. The vines are 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, the remainder being 20% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc, reflecting the classic, Cabernet-dominated wine produced at Léoville-Barton. There are a significant proportion of old vines. Fermentation is in wooden vats, temperature controlled, with pumping over, with a maceration of about two weeks, depending on the vintage. The wine will spend up to 20 months in oak, 50% new each year, and is fined and filtered prior to bottling.
“A very open, expressive and convincing nose, perfumed and bright, with a direct style of fruit. Really well-formed fruits, defined and yet with substance and polish, with only the faintest hint of oak in the background. On the palate the fruit is supple, the texture harmonious, and from within there emerges grainy tannins and a fine, bright acidity which give the wine lovely shape and definition. A really very impressive wine.” –
The wine doctor – Optimum drinking 2012-2018