Château Léoville Barton, a family-owned, Second Growth Grand Cru Classe vineyard, produces classic terroir-driven Bordeaux wines. The estate is one of the Bordeaux “Super Seconds” and its red wines are on the radar of all serious collectors.
Interestingly, there is no Château on the Leoville estate, and the wines are made at their neighboring property, Langoa Barton.
Another prodigious, but brutally tannic, offering from the affable Anthony Barton, the inky/blue/black-hued 2005 Leoville Barton exhibits a sensational perfume of charcoal, burning embers, underbrush, cedar, creme de cassis, and subtle toasty oak. Painfully concentrated (much like the 2000 was at the same stage), with full body, admirable purity, and several boatloads of muscular tannin, this St.-Julien is built for 50-60 years of cellaring. Its purity and precision are typical of today’s winemaking, but Barton is certainly not making a wine for near-term gratification. This is another 2005 that will require enormous patience. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2065.[94– April 2008, robertparker.com]