2021 - Ch Léoville Barton 2ème Cru St Julien
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Léoville Barton
Region
St Julien
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2027 - 2045
Case size
6x75cl
En Primeur

2021 CH LÉOVILLE BARTON 2ÈME CRU ST JULIEN - 6x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Léoville Barton
Region
St Julien
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2027 - 2045
Case size
6x75cl
En Primeur
In Bond
Case price £335.00 (Ex. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • NM

    Neal Martin, April 2022,
    Score: 93-95

    The 2021 Léoville-Barton was picked from 27 September until 7 October, matured in 60% new oak. The alcohol is 13.12%. It has a clean and pure bouquet with blackberry, bilberry, cedar and hints of shucked oyster shell: focused and very well delineated, classic in style. The palate has a smooth and cohesive entry, very well-knit with beautifully integrated oak. Crisp acidity with the perfect amount of tension on the classically-styled finish, this Léoville Barton demonstrates the advantages of their brand new cellar (even though the reception was not finished in time!) I cannot see any reason not to own a few bottles of this in your cellar. Drink 2026 - 2050

  • WA

    Wine Advocate, April 2022,
    Score: 93-95

    A terrific success, the 2021 Léoville Barton unwinds in the glass with aromas of blackcurrant, wild berries and plums mingled with hints of pencil shavings, loamy soil and cigar wrapper. Medium to full-bodied, deep and seamless, it's concentrated and tensile, with beautifully refined tannins, lively acids and all the class that an elevated percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon growing in deep gravel can provide. It's the first vintage vinified in the Barton family's new winery, and I suspect that contributes to the ultra-refined quality of tannin this year. The blend is 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc. Tasted three times.

  • AG

    Antonio Galloni, April 2022,
    Score: 92-94

    The 2021 Léoville-Barton is a wine of notable intensity, but all of that power is directed inward. Tightly coiled and vibrant, the Léoville-Barton is going to need time to be ready, but that is to be expected. There is terrific energy here, if not the volume of the preceding three vintages. That's not a problem. Drink 2031-2061

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, April 2022,
    Score: 94-96

    2021 Léoville Barton should be remembered not just as Anthony Barton’s last vintage since inheriting this beautiful estate and Langoa Barton from his Uncle Ronald in 1983, but also for its fine quality. Léoville is never ostentatious in style, with 84% Cabernet Sauvignon in the finished blend it embodies composure and class. The initial entry provides flavours of mocha and dark chocolate, layered with graphite and blackberry. So much class and great length.

  • WCI

    Wine Cellar Insider, April 2022,
    Score: 92-94

    Garnet in color, the wine shows cedar, tobacco leaf, pepper, forest leaf and currants on the nose. The wine is medium/full-bodied, juicy, fresh, vibrant, spicy, floral, chewy, crunchy and crisp, with a nice bite of energetic, peppery red fruit in the finish. Blending 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc, 13.2% ABV. The yields were 39 hectoliters per hectare. Drink from 2027-2060.

  • JA

    Jane Anson, April 2022,
    Score: 94

    St Julien’s location next to the river Garonne saved it from the worst of the frost, and this is one of the best wines in the appellation. It has energy and plenty of depths of fruit to work through, with powerful spice notes of clove, white pepper and turmeric, with the fresh acidities in the cassis and bilberry fruit turned into a prop for propelling things forward through the palate. And even if all this wasn’t the case, this is a wine to buy in 2021 in memory of Anthony Barton, long-term owner and Bordeaux legend, who died in January 2022. 60% new oak. Tasted twice.

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, April 2022,
    Score: 18+

    This is another beautiful wine from the Barton portfolio, and it is a tribute to the great Cabernet Sauvignon grape. With lovely density despite the low alcohol level and stunning freshness and drive throughout, this is a rare wine with actively fit and toothsome tannins. While the tech sheet says 60% new oak, this carpentry has been sucked up greedily by the Cabernet, making this a thoroughly complete and accurate creation. A fitting tribute to the late Anthony Barton, this is, not surprisingly, the model of sophistication and restraint.

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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.