Château Langoa & Leoville Barton Saint-Julien

Region
France - Bordeaux
Owner
Anthony Barton
Size
47 hectare
Established
1826
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Léoville-Barton, along with Château Léoville-Las Cases and Château Léoville-Poyferré was once part of the vast Léoville estate. The estate was purchased by Hugh Barton in 1826 and continues to be owned by the Barton family, of Irish descent. The current owner Anthony Barton began running the estate in 1983, along with its sister property Château Langoa Barton. The two St. Julien properties have the longest continuous duration of ownership by the same family of any of the other current proprietors in Bordeaux.

Léoville-Barton's 116 acres (47 ha) of vineyard is located in the central part of the appellation along the Gironde river. The soil composition, is mostly gravel with a subsoil of clay. The plantings are 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, and 8% Cabernet Franc with the vines averaging 30 years of age.

Two red wines are produced from the Grand Cru (1855 classification) vineyards of Château Léoville-Barton, an eponymous grand-vin, and a second wine called La Reserve de Léoville-Barton which is produced from lots consisting of younger vines. After a hand picked harvest, fermentation takes place in temperature controlled wood vats for two to three weeks before being transferred into oak barrels (50% of which are new) for ageing before bottling.

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Château Langoa-Barton, , Château Langoa & Leoville Barton

Château Langoa-Barton

Origin: Saint-Julien, Bordeaux, France

From 17 hectares of the appelation of Saint-Julien, land classified as 3e Grand Cru in the 1855 Bordeaux Classificaiton. The soil terroir is deep gravel on clay subsoil. The vines are averaging 35 years of age and planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc yielding around 42 hl per ha.

Vinification

Vinification occurs in wooden, temperature regulated vats. The alcoholic fermentation lasts 7 to 10 days, with twice daily pumping over. Maceration about 3 weeks then drawing off into the barrels lot by lot. The wine then spends 16 to 18 months in French oak barrels in a cellar kept at a constant temperature of 15°C. The percentage of new barrels varies 50-70% according to the vintage. Fining is performed in the barrels with fresh egg whites.

Grape Variety

Cabernet Sauvignon 73%, Merlot 17%, Cabernet Franc 10%

Alcohol by Volume

ABV 12.5%

Château Léoville-Barton, , Château Langoa & Leoville Barton

Château Léoville-Barton

Origin: Saint-Julien, Bordeaux, France

Léoville-Barton's 116 acres (47 ha) of vineyard is located in the central part of the appellation along the Gironde river. The soil composition, is mostly gravel with a subsoil of clay. The plantings are 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, and 8% Cabernet Franc with the vines averaging 30 years of age.

Vinification

After a hand picked harvest, fermentation takes place in temperature controlled wood vats for two to three weeks before being transferred into oak barrels (50% of which are new) for aging before bottling.

Grape Variety

Cabernet Sauvignon 85%, Merlot 15%, Cabernet Franc 5%

Alcohol by Volume

ABV 13.0%

Reserve Léoville Barton, , Château Langoa & Leoville Barton

Reserve Léoville Barton

Origin: Saint-Julien, Bordeaux, France

From one generation to another the wines of Leoville Barton. It has maintained the quality of their classification, offering wines at the very top of the appellation. The soil of Saint-Julien is ideal for vines, due to its geographic situation and its climate, every element is present and produce wines of exceptional quality and elegance.

Vinification

A modern de-stemmer and the latest wine press have been introduced for the vinification. Generally fermentation lasts about 5 days during which the juice is pumped over twice daily. The wine is left with the skins for 2 weeks approximately but this depends on the quality of the crop. The malolactic fermentation takes place in the vats, after which the wines is aged in oak barrels for 20 months before bottling.

Grape Variety

Cabernet Sauvignon 75%, Merlot 23%, Cabernet Franc 2%

Alcohol by Volume

ABV 13.0%

Winemaker's Notes

Huge colour, very densely packed fruit and marvellous elegance, a touch of violets and lift on the palate shows red breed, superb fruits, tannins and length.

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