Peter Maude Fine Wines

2023, Château Léoville Barton, SAINT-JULIEN, 2ème Grand Cru Classé

$120 ex. GST
$138 inc. GST
Estimated full landed price – $152.95

Last Year EP $140.00-

The Barton family's second growth is always a top quality Bordeaux of classic proportions. Structured, Cabernet Sauvignon dominated wines are produced here that are serious, controlled and pure. Always the epitome of Saint Julien and the ultimate "Englishman's Claret". A new gravity-fed cellar was built in time for the 2022 vintage.
2023 is 87% cabernet sauvignon, 10% merlot and 3% cabernet franc.

Step into the heart of what St Julien does best here, firm and muscular but thoroughly juicy tannins, concentrated blackberry and cassis fruits that are mature but full of finesse, with just the right amount of precision and tension. This is a wine where a single glass will not be enough, and reminds you that in 2022 the wines were exceptional but atypical for many Bordeaux lovers. Here you get an understated gloriously drinkable St Julien from long-term owners the Barton family that will go the distance.
97 Jane Anson

The tannins here are cashmere-like. You can touch it, but at the same time it is weightless and beautiful. Medium- to full-bodied and textural. Soars at the end. This is really seamless and dialled in. Third year using the new cellar.
96-97 James Suckling.

The 2023 Léoville Barton is a lovely classic in the making, unfurling in the glass with aromas of cassis and blackberries mingled with notions of pencil shavings, liquorice and violets. Medium to full-bodied, ample and fleshy, it's layered, concentrated and suave, with beautifully refined tannins, vibrant acids and a long, penetrating finish. Benefiting from the Barton family's new highly functional winery, as well as experimentation with more discreet cooperage choices, it's somewhat reminiscent of the estate's terrific 2016.
94-96 William Kelley, Wine Advocate.

The 2023 Léoville Barton takes a long time to settle in the glass, unfolding with black fruit, wild mint and a subtle seaweed scent. This Saint-Julien gains cohesion with aeration-a bit of pep. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins. A touch of dark chocolate infuses the black fruit, harmonious with a patina of new oak that will integrate with time. This is classic Léoville Barton from tip to toe, due to its interwoven elegance.
92-94 Neal Martin.

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