Réserve de Léoville Barton 2014
To those who revel in great Bordeaux, the wines made by the eponymous Barton family need little introduction.
Their roots can be traced back to 1826, when Hugh Barton bought 50 hectares of vines in the heart of St Julien and subsequently Château Leoville Barton was made a 2ème Cru Classe in the 1855 classification. Today, the Château is run by Anthony Barton’s daughter Lillian and her son Damien Barton-Sartorius and they continue to increase the quality of this grand estate year after year, as we have recently witnessed with their truly brilliant 2018 vintage.
The Grand Vin is always released En Primeur at a sensible price and they are also responsible, in our view, for one of the greatest value clarets in the market today.
The grapes destined for the La Réserve de Léoville Barton come from younger vines and those parcels that haven’t yet reached the optimum level to be allowed into the Grand Vin.
We are continuously asked by our clients for good value, smart every day drinking Bordeaux that will satisfy their thirsty guests and their 2014 vintage, now 5 years old, has mellowed to become a wine that will deliver an enormous amount of pleasure.
The 2014 Grand Vin is on the market today at almost £70/bottle. Their 2nd wine is £28.75/bottle and, at less than half the cost of the Grand Vin, there is no doubt that this offers those who enjoy a delicious glass of claret (or two), exceptional value.