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Château Léoville Barton 2006

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A Robust, Long-Lived Bordeaux

In 1722, Thomas Barton left his home country of Ireland for France and eventually created a dynasty and the longest standing family legacy among the Bordeaux Grands Crus Classes. While Thomas established an extremely successful wine merchant business, it wasn’t until 1821 when the Barton’s purchased vineyards in Saint Julien. Hugh Barton purchased Château Langoa, renaming it Château Langoa Barton, and an additional plot from what is now Léoville Las Casse in 1826, thus creating Château Léoville Barton. Today, ninth generation Lilian Barton leads the classified Second Grand Cru Classé estate with her two children Mélanie and Damien Barton Sartorius.

Château Léoville Barton does not, in fact, have a château; therefore all of the winemaking is done at the sister estate Château Langoa Barton. The wines are sturdy and structured with plenty of robust tannins that benefit with age. The wines of Chateau Leoville Barton come from vines of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc that are an average of 40 years old.

The 2006 growing season started off lovely in June and July with a dry hot summer. August was cool and wet leading to a brief period of heat in September, followed by rain.

The Château Léoville Barton 2006 is dense and rich with notes of ripe dark fruit, cedar, and violet. On the palate this wine is medium bodied, with chewy tannins and flavours of blackberries, cassis and leather, along with a mineral backbone and long powerful finish.

Parker : 92 / 100
J. Robinson : 17 / 20
Wine Advocate-Parker :
Tasted at Bordeaux Index's annual 10-Year On tasting in London. The 2006 Château Léoville-Barton has a surprisingly rich and opulent bouquet at first, although it calms down with aeration, offering crushed violet and black cherry scents, reminiscent of a fine Margaux. The palate is medium-bodied with a gentle grip in the mouth. Here the class begins to appear with fine balance and poise, but like the Langoa, it lacquers the mouth with tannins and feels very backward, surprising given the vintage. Cellar this for another decade, folks. Tasted January 2016.
BordeauxSaint-Julien
Alcohol
12.5

Grape varieties
Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc

Dessert wine
No

Environment
Sustainable viticulture

J. Robinson
17

R. Gabriel
19

Wine Spectator
94

Country
France

Wine certification
AOC

Vineyard
Medoc

Area
Bordeaux

Appellation
Saint-Julien

Color
Red

Producer
Château Léoville Barton

Classification
2e cru classe

Parker
92

Allergens
Contains sulphites