2013 - Ch Léoville Barton 2ème Cru St Julien
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Léoville Barton
Region
St Julien
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2020 - 2032
Case size
12x75cl
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2013 CH LÉOVILLE BARTON 2ÈME CRU ST JULIEN - 12x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Léoville Barton
Region
St Julien
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2020 - 2032
Case size
12x75cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £632.14 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, April 2014,
    Score: 90-92

    One of my absolute favourites in St Julien, which for many people was the most successful appellation of the vintage. A lovely balance of aromas between violets, lavender and vanilla pods. This has breadth and volume and whilst not being powerful has good richness and weight. A strong wine.

  • NM1

    Neal Martin, October 2016,
    Score: 90

    The 2013 Léoville-Barton has a more backward bouquet compared to the Langoa-Barton 2013, but there is more perfume here with blackberry, a touch of sea spray and cold limestone. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe tannin, a crisp line of acidity with finesse and elegance on the finish, which is one of the best you'll find in Saint Julien. This finishes with a flourish after a conservative opening and it should yield a decade of pleasure, maybe more. This is a solid showing in a tough vintage.

  • NM

    Neal Martin, April 2014,
    Score: 89-91

    The Château Leoville Barton 2013 is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot picked between 2 and 15 October cropped at 35hl/ha. It has a very elegant bouquet with blackberry, cedar and cigar box with hints of orange rind. The palate is well balanced with fine tannins. It is very natural and poised with a light chalky finish, a Saint Julien that is harmonious and unapologetically "classic" in style.

  • RP

    Robert Parker, August 2014,
    Score: 90-92

    One of the more pigmented and denser colored 2013s, Leoville Barton is atypically forward and tasty at this stage of its development. It possesses a dense ruby/plum color in addition to abundant cassis notes, sound acidity, pure fruit, and a broad, savory mouthfeel. Medium-bodied and packed, it should drink nicely for 10-15 years, and will be one of the longer-lived 2013s.

  • DC

    Decanter, April 2014,
    Score: 91

    Dense young red, fine Cabernet-dominated cassis fruit, a touch of florality, very good middle palate and fine tannins for the future. Drink: 2018-2030

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, April 2014,
    Score: 17.5+

    Yields were 35 hl/ha. New oak is a very controlled 60%. The fruit is strict, tight, focussed and dark. The tannins are firm and grainy but they are complemented by lovely, Dark, cassis fruit. There is a touch of blackcurrant leaf and plum, too. The tannins are not too heavy on the finish and it will soften well in the short term. Impressive claret with very nice, classical lines.

  • TA

    Tim Atkin, May 2014,
    Score: 94

    Anthony Barton has a knack of making excellent wines in tricky vintages. This Cabernet Sauvignon dominated blend (85%) has more stuffing than the Langoa. It’s smoothly oaked, refined and well balanced with notes of cedarwood, cassis and spice. 2020-28

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Producer

Château Léoville Barton

One of the great names in classically styled claret, Léoville Barton has been owned by the same family throughout its entire existence - an unheard of rarity in Bordeaux. 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. Unusual for the Médoc region, there is no château based on the property. As a result, the wines are vinified and aged at neighbouring Langoa Barton, which as its name suggests, is also owned by the Barton family.

Region

St Julien

St Julien is like the middle child of the Médoc - not as assertive as Pauillac or as coquettish as Margaux. It lies firmly between the two more outspoken communes and as a result produces a blend of them both. St Julien's wines have often been sought out by aficionados for their balance and consistency, particularly in the UK. Yet due to its middle child nature, it can occasionally be overlooked globally and as a result underrated by those markets outside the UK. Despite the fact that it has no first growths, it has several second growths including Léoville Las Cases, Léoville Barton, Léoville Poyferré and Ducru Beaucaillou as well as the celebrated châteaux such as Talbot and Beychevelle.