Château Léoville Barton 2012 - St Julien - Bordeaux - France
Château Léoville Barton
A part of the old Léoville estate which included the vineyards of Léovilles Poyferré and Lascases. And there is no château of Léoville Barton, the wine being made in the cellars of its stablemate Langoa. Thomas Barton arrived in Bordeaux from Ireland in the early 18th century and set himself up as a wine merchant in the city. His first foray into property came with the purchase of Château Le Boscq in St Estèphe. T
here followed the purchase of what would become known as Langoa Barton, then that portion of the Léoville estate that would be renamed in honour of the family name. This is a 47 hectare vineyard from which emanates one of the slowest maturing wines of the Médoc.
There's a hint of violet to the pure cassis fruit aromas. Nods towards crisp black cherries, too, all overlaid with the wood. Slightly minty aromas emerge. This is backward and firm with rich, increasingly tacky upright tannin, very fresh. A busy and highly structured wine offering a juicy ending that seemingly goes on forever. A big wine with lovely tannins.