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  • Country ranking ?

    525
  • Producer ranking ?

    8
  • Decanting time

    4h
  • When to drink

    2020-2035
  • Food Pairing

    Beef

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The Story

The 50 hectares of Léoville and 17 hectares of Langoa, planted in gravelly soil with a clay sub-soil, include large proportions of old vines in order to obtain the best possible quality. The grape varieties is 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc for Léoville Barton, while Langoa Barton’s terroir is shared as follows 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc. Both properties have the same vinification methods.

The wines are typical of the Saint-Julien area, well balanced wines with subtle bouquets and flavours; the emphasis being on elegance and finesse rather than on power and extraction. This is achieved by picking the grapes at their maximum ripeness and allowing the fermentation to take place at a controlled temperature of 30/32°C. Although excessive extraction is avoided by removing the juice from the skins at the appropriate time, the wines have a lovely deep colour, excellent structure and sufficient tannins to ensure good ageing potential.

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Vintage 2022

Bordeaux 2022 vintage will stay in the memory of the world of wine as the exceptional vintage which kept a lot of surprises. The year started well with bud break at a normal date, so the frost in early April did not too much damage. The flowering started in mid-May and in optimal conditions. June brought stormy rains which were able to partially reconstitute de water reserves of the soil, however hail fell locally with sometimes very important damages. The fruit  set took place a hydric limited context, which determines the small size of the berries. Veraison begun in mid-July in hot and dry conditions. August was hot however it kept a contrast of day and night temperatures, therefore the conditions for ripening the grapes were perfect. The white wines were harvested at a historically early date already in August. Also the reds were harvested very early at the beginning of September. Good news for the noble sweet wines: botrytis developed thanks to rain in early October and resulted in wines of great purity. 

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Written Notes

83% C. Sauvignon, 11.5% Merlot, and 5.5% C. Franc, 14.1% alcohol. Intense blackcurrants. Graphite and leather. Sappy, acidity, strong structure, solid backbone, vibrant, great complexity, and length. Refined and sophisticated touch. Lingering finish. Excellent effort. 

  • 97p

Ruby. Blackberries, anise, dark fruits, spices, liquorice, scented and lifted nose, layered. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, blackberries, liquorice, dark fruits, vanilla and spices, layered and long. A powerful yet refined Léoville Barton. 

 

  • 96p

Deep purple colour with violet hue and black core. Expressive nose with multi-layered character, aroma reminiscent of dark berries, blackcurrants and blueberries, in combination with subtle oak, dark chocolate and fine toasting, mild spices and floral hints in the background. On the palate ripe and silky tannins, sweet fruit, very good structured with freshness and precision, juicy finish with excellent length. 

  • 97p
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Saint-Julien, Bordeaux

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