2002 Chateau Leoville Barton
Country : France
Vintage : 2002
Region : Saint Julien, Bordeaux
In 1826, Hugh Barton, already proprietor of Chateau Langoa, purchased part of the big Leoville estate. His part then became known as Léoville Barton. Six generations of Bartons have since followed, and continued to preserve the quality of the wine, classified as a Second Growth in 1855.
In 1983, Anthony Barton, the present owner, was given the property by his uncle Ronald Barton who had himself inherited it in 1929. Anthony Barton's daughter Lilian Barton Sartorius now helps her father in managing the estate. Together, they maintain the traditional methods of winemaking, producing a typical Saint-Julien of elegance and distinction. The Château Léoville Barton is the property of the Barton’s family and Lilian Barton Sartorius manages it with her two children, Mélanie and Damien.
92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Even better from bottle than from cask, and one of the finest wines of the vintage, this dense purple-colored 2002 reveals wonderfully sweet notes of charcoal, fresh mushrooms, smoke, earth, leather, cassis, and cedar. Full-bodied, highly extracted, broodingly backward, dense, and deep, this impressively endowed offering is built for the long term. (RP)
|By Chris Kissack February 2011, 17.5 points |
(Chateau Léoville-Barton (St Julien)) A really dark colour here, and with one of the more youthful tones of all the wines here, a very bright red-black hue, still with a crimson-red edge. And the nose remains vibrantly youthful as well, a melange of smoky black fruits and violets, with just a little suggestion of black tea coming in at the edge. Lovely breadth and flesh on the palate, restrained and in keeping with the vintage, but by no means lean or thin. Substantial, with a reserved character, communicated through a dry tannic structure, but there is enough fruit to match this, and some fresh balancing acidity as well. Sappy, mouth-watering finish, Great evolution here, very early on its path to maturity, approachable although only with caution, there are still a lot of grippy tannins running around the mouth on the finish. A lovely wine with easily 10-15 years of good drinking to give yet, and perhaps much more than that.