The Barton family has been prominent within Bordeaux, France since 1772. For three centuries and 10 generations, the Barton’s first started out as wine merchants and then purchased land in Saint-Julien, thus creating Château Léoville Barton. In 1821, Hugh Barton purchased Château Langoa, renaming it Château Langoa Barton. Then in 1826, he purchased one quarter of the land of the Léoville domaine, now known as Léoville Las Casse, which became the vineyard of Château Léoville Barton.
In the historic 1855 classification, the estate was awarded Second Grand Crus Classé and has remained a leading Château for top-quality age worthy wines.
Located in the heart of Saint Julien, the vineyards of Château Léoville Barton are made of outcrops of Garonne gravel and face the Gironde River. This gravelly clay soil is well suited for growing classic Médoc grape varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc.
The 2011 growing season was one of the more difficult seasons in recent history. While it started off normal, by April much of Bordeaux was experiencing summer conditions that led to early flowering. There was record heat with plenty of sunshine and little to no rain, which led to problems of drought, while some grapes were ruined by sunburn. July was also record-breaking in Bordeaux, but oddly for the coldest temperatures in over three decades. After two historic vintages, 2011 was one of the lowest yields but still produced strong wines despite less-than-perfect conditions. Generally speaking the wines are fresh, bright, aromatic and show good acidity.
The Château Léoville Barton 2011 is refined and structured, with notes of blackberries, plum, cedar and hints of vanilla. It is bright and lively, yet with plenty of tannins and grip allowing for a long-lived wine.