Chateau Leoville Barton 2015
94-96 Pts WA, 94-95 Pts JS, 93-96 Pts AG
12×75 – £580 EP
6×75 – £290 EP
One of the Greatest Leoville Bartons Ever
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The stunning, leading Second Growth, Leoville Barton 2015 has released this morning for £580 per case of 12, £48 per bottle. In 2015 Leoville Barton have produced possibly their greatest ever vintage, awarded 94-96 from Neal Martin, who call it ‘outstanding, classic, drop-dead gorgeous… destined to give immense pleasure over the coming years.’ James Suckling agrees, awarding it 94-95 and Antonio Galloni 93-96 points, he describes it as ‘class personified.’ Today’s release price represents a 25% ex-London increase on last year, an 18% euro increase. To put this into perspective this release price offers a 13% discount to the 96+ scoring 2010, a 7% discount to the 93+ 2009 and a 20% discount to the 92 scoring 2005. As such it provides a real incentive to buy on release and will be extremely successful this campaign. In 2015 Leoville Barton is one of the wines to own.
Leoville Barton represents the archetype of great Bordeaux, each vintage is built to last, an idiom for truly great, age-worthy Bordeaux. However, the price of Leoville Barton has always remained very appealing, the proprietors Bordeaux lovers will appreciate today’s release price and stock up on this magnificent and venerable Chateau for the decades ahead. To put its price into perspective, Leoville Barton 2015 costs half the price of Sassicaia and Ornellaia on release: in 2015 it is arguably better than most of their vintages.
Chateau Leoville was at the time of the French Revolution the largest estate in the Medoc, however, it was confiscated when the Marquis de Las Cases fled the Revolution. Today it occupies a quarter of the original Estate. In 1826 Hugh Barton, of successful negociant business Barton & Guestier bought a share in the Estate with the purpose of returning it to its original owner. The Marquis de Las Cases, unfortunately, was unable to reimburse M. Barton for the land and so he remained the owner. Interestingly five years before, Hugh Barton had also acquired the neighbouring property of Langoa and as there was no chai on the Leoville land he was forced to vinify both the wines of Leoville and Langoa at the chai on the Langoa Estate. This practice continues to this day.
Leoville Barton has been owned by one family for almost two centuries. Since 1986 the Estate has embraced new wine making techniques and the efforts have been reflected in the wines to date. Leoville Barton is situated in the centre of St Julien and has gravely soil with a subsoil of clay. The wine is Cabernet Sauvignon dominate and has flavours of dark fruit and a nose of cedar which is typical of a wine from St Julien. Especially in recent years, Leoville Barton has a reputation of producing wonderful wines at reasonable prices and coupled with the wit and charm of Anthony Barton this is a favourite of consumers and journalists alike.
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Neal Martin, 94-96 Points
The 2015 Leoville Barton is a blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Merlot picked between 19-22 September and 28 September until 5 October for the Merlot and Cabernet respectively. Matured in 60% new oak, it has a more compelling and intense bouquet than the 2015 Langoa Barton at this early stage, whereas in other years I have found the siblings closer together. It delivers some lovely blackberry, sage and cigar box scents. The palate is very refined with edgy tannin, beautifully balanced with seamlessly integrated oak. It is the classic Léoville-Barton style, full of energy and showing more breeding than the Langoa on the finish. This is just an outstanding, classic, drop-dead gorgeous Léoville Barton that is destined to give immense pleasure over the coming years. Bravo Anthony, Lilian et al.
James Suckling, 94-95 Points
A very savory and fruity red with red currant and plum aromas and flavors. Full body, firm backbone of tannins and a fresh finish. A generous and fruity young red. Fruity forward in a reserved way.
Antonio Galloni, 93-96 Points
The 2015 Léoville-Barton is superb. Vivid and wonderfully nuanced in the glass, the 2015 offers exceptional purity in its aromas and flavors. As always, the house style favors finesse over pure power, but in 2015 there is a good bit of both. Graphite, pencil shavings and crème de cassis, herbs and mocha meld into a rich, textured, beautifully persistent finish. The tannins are there, but they are nearly buried. Léoville-Barton is not the most powerful or showy Saint-Julien in 2015, but it is class personified. Don’t miss it. Tasted two times.
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