Once part of the Leoville estates (including Leoville Poyferre and Leoville Las Cases), Château Leoville Barton is the smallest portion of the three and has been owned by the Barton family since 1826. The wines are known for offering great quality at reasonable prices, they are elegant and structured and classed amongst the best of St Julien.
Intense aromas of blackcurrant and blueberry with notes of tobacco and leather. Full bodied with firm tannins and good length.
The 2001 Léoville-Barton is drinking extremely well at 17 years of age. Mellow on the nose with blackberry, sage, tobacco and light graphite notes, there is an uncommon extravagant edge to this wine. That comes through on the palate that feels as if it has slightly lower acidity than other vintages, rounded in texture with a toasty, cedar-infused finish. It does not quite have the breeding that I discerned a decade ago but it still has plenty to offer, not least a sense of approachability. 2018 - 2030- 92 pts Neal Martin, vinous.com