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Château Léoville Barton 2015

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    Benchmark Left Bank Bordeax

    Founded in 1826, Château Léoville Barton is a Classified Second Growth run by the tenth generation of the Barton family. Interestingly enough there is no Château at Léoville Barton. Instead, the wines are made at Château Langoa Barton, the sister Chateau. Hugh Barton purchased one quarter of the Léoville domaine in 1826, which is now known as Léoville Las Casse, and did not purchase the winemaking facility, as he already had one. The label adorned on the Château Léoville Barton bottle depicts the majestic Château Langoa Barton and the wine is a classic long-lived example of the Saint-Julien appellation.

    The 2015 vintage was highly anticipated due to the rule of fives in Bordeaux, which says that all vintages ending in a five are typically good years. Bordeaux was especially excited to see the results of the 2015 vintage after a few rocky years just before. 2015 certainly did not disappoint. The 2015 vintage was compared to past historic 2009 and 2010 vintages for beautiful quality and the ability to age magnificently.

    The summer was hot, dry and sunny, leading to a rainy August. The growing conditions were quite ideal, generally speaking. The Château Léoville Barton 2015 is a generous and elegant Left Bank Bordeaux with a rich, structured backbone. The palate is dense with notes of black fruit, such as plums, blackberries and bramble leading to flavours of leather, tobacco leaf and cedar. Made of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot and aged in 60% new oak, this wine is long-lived and would do wonderfully in a cellar for about 10 years.

    Parker : 95 / 100
    J. Robinson : 17 / 20
    Wine Advocate-Parker :
    Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Leoville Barton offers up notions of warm red currants, black raspberries and dark chocolate with wafts of cigar box, violets and bay leaves. Elegant, medium-bodied and sporting great freshness, the taut, tightly wound palate of intense red fruits and floral accents is well-framed with firm, grainy tannins, finishing on a lingering mineral note.
    BordeauxSaint-Julien
    Alcohol
    13

    Grape varieties
    Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc

    Dessert wine
    No

    Environment
    Sustainable viticulture

    Decanter
    93

    J. Robinson
    17

    J. Suckling
    96

    R. Gabriel
    19

    Vinous - A. Galloni
    96+

    Wine Spectator
    95

    Country
    France

    Wine certification
    AOC

    Vineyard
    Medoc

    Area
    Bordeaux

    Appellation
    Saint-Julien

    Color
    Red

    Producer
    Château Léoville Barton

    Classification
    2e cru classe

    Parker
    95

    Allergens
    Contains sulphites

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