“... certainly on par with the best vintages in recent years. A formidable yet charming Saint-Julien in the making.”
94-96 POINTS - NEAL MARTIN, VINOUS (on 2019 Chateau Leoville Barton)
Today sees the much-anticipated release of Chateau Leoville Barton 2019, with a 20% reduction in price from the 2018 release price in keeping with the top price reductions during this campaign.
This chateau always remains a popular choice during en primeur offering and the wines in recent years have never been better. This 45-hectare, Second Growth Château lies in some of the most enviable rich gravelly ground in the Saint-Julien appellation where Cabernet Sauvignon thrives and accounts for a little more than 70 percent of plantings.
Damien Barton-Sartorius, director of Château Léoville Barton describes how the heat spikes in early July worked in their favour as the veraison happened fast and homogeneously due to the reasonable hydric stress. What’s more, their old vines enabled them to find water even in a the driest part of the summer, the result being a wine of tremendous balance.
When the rain episodes did come in September, Damien believes it was very positive providing the right quantity to dilute the very high sugars, pushing acidity up without creating too much rot pressure. The final result is a wine with fantastic freshness and poise.
This Estate has been on a fantastic roll the last handful of vintages, adeptly handling the different challenges each vintage brings and the 2019 looks like another enticing buy from Saint-Julien in 2019.
Chateau Langoa Barton, the neighbouring estate to Leoville Barton, also owned and operated by the Barton family, always requires a warmer vintage to get the best out of its north facing slopes - and in 2019 it has absolutely excelled. Garnering an impressive 93-95 points from Neal Martin, this is another great value buy in 2019.
"The 2019 Léoville Barton is a different kettle of fish compared to its sibling Langoa. It has a complex bouquet of blackberry, sous-bois, tobacco and minerals, much more introverted yet exceedingly complex. The palate is exquisite in terms of balance, laden with intense black fruit laced with orange zest, that citrus element counterbalancing the tannic grip and structure. There is a sense of completeness to this Léoville-Barton, certainly on par with the best vintages in recent years. A formidable yet charming Saint-Julien in the making."
94-96 POINTS - NEAL MARTIN
"Very finely textured with pure blue fruit and lavender and violet undertones. It’s full-bodied with pure, focused fruit. Extremely long and refined. Clearly better than the 2018."
95-96 POINTS - JAMES SUCKLING