Grapes- Cabernet Sauvignon 70%, Cabernet Franc 7%, Merlot 23%
"The history of Château Léoville Barton began in 1722, when Irishman Thomas Barton moved from Ireland to the Bordeaux region, where he established a successful trading company. His grandson bought Château Langoa and part of the Léoville estate in 1826. Current owner Anthony Barton lives in the beautiful 18th century Château Langoa and makes two wines, Château Léoville Barton and Château Langoa-Barton. He now owns 51 hectares of vineyard at Chateau Léoville-Barton which lie close to the Gironde, sandwiched between the water and Chateau Talbot. They have a typical St Julien terroir of gravelly soils over deep clay. Plantings are are 74% Cabernet Sauvignon with the remainder being 23% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc, reflecting the classic, Cabernet-dominated wine produced in the region. "
The second wine of Leoville Barton, this traditionally styled Bordeaux has an expressive nose of forest berries with hints of cedar, coffee and a touch of vanilla spice. Elegant and refined, with a long finish.
Fermentation lasted approximately five days during which time the must was pumped over twice daily.
The wine was left on the skins for approximately two weeks dependent on the quality of the crop, to extract colour, flavour and fine tannins.
The wine was then drawn off and the skins pressed to obtain the pressed wine, an important component
in the final blend.
Malolactic conversion took place in the vats, rounding out the palate, after which the wine was aged in French oak barrels for 12 months prior to bottling.