Château Langoa Barton & Château Léoville Barton

The Barton estate (comprising châteaux Léoville Barton and Langoa Barton) is situated in the Left Bank appellation of Saint-Julien. The estate has been under the longest family ownership of any Bordeaux châteaux – spanning over 190 years.

The Barton family moved to Bordeaux from Ireland in the 1720s and became involved in the business of wine, but it wasn't until 1821 that they really made their mark with the purchase of Pontet-Langios (now Langoa Barton) and later acquiring a portion of the then huge Léoville estate (which split into Léoville Poyferre, Leoville Las Cases and Léoville Barton).

As Léoville had no cellars, wine for both the Langoa and Léoville labels was made at Langoa. This practice continues today under Anthony Barton who took over from his uncle Ronald Barton in 1986. Together with his daughter, Lilian, the congenial owner has succeeded in maintaining Barton's reputation for producing traditional top-flight Bordeaux wines with great ageing potential, yet relatively small Saint-Julien price tags (with the exception of truly great vintages).

Léoville and Langoa are always the subject of comparison but they are definitely two different wines. Langoa Barton invariably shows a more feminine and accessible side while Léoville Barton is more muscular.

Château Langoa Barton & Château Léoville Barton

The Barton estate (comprising châteaux Léoville Barton and Langoa Barton) is situated in the Left Bank appellation of Saint-Julien. The estate has been under the longest family ownership of any Bordeaux châteaux – spanning over 190 years.

The Barton family moved to Bordeaux from Ireland in the 1720s and became involved in the business of wine, but it wasn't until 1821 that they really made their mark with the purchase of Pontet-Langios (now Langoa Barton) and later acquiring a portion of the then huge Léoville estate (which split into Léoville Poyferre, Leoville Las Cases and Léoville Barton).

As Léoville had no cellars, wine for both the Langoa and Léoville labels was made at Langoa. This practice continues today under Anthony Barton who took over from his uncle Ronald Barton in 1986. Together with his daughter, Lilian, the congenial owner has succeeded in maintaining Barton's reputation for producing traditional top-flight Bordeaux wines with great ageing potential, yet relatively small Saint-Julien price tags (with the exception of truly great vintages).

Léoville and Langoa are always the subject of comparison but they are definitely two different wines. Langoa Barton invariably shows a more feminine and accessible side while Léoville Barton is more muscular.

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  1. Château Langoa Barton, 2009 - Cadman Fine Wines

    Château Langoa Barton, 2009

    Saint-Julien, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2017-2040
    Reviewer Rating: 92 - eRobertParker.com

    "...superb definition with black cherries, a touch of cassis and autumn leaves and then with aeration, hints of oyster shell and cockle shell." eRobertParker.com

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  2. Château Langoa Barton, 2010 - Cadman Fine Wines

    Château Langoa Barton, 2010

    Saint-Julien, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2018-2035
    Reviewer Rating: 94 - Wine Spectator

    "...cassis and blackberry fruit framed by integrated espresso and charcoal notes...ample structure drives the polished finish...notes of plum sauce, pastis and blueberry coulis." Wine Spectator

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  3. Château Léoville Barton, 1998

    Château Léoville Barton, 1998

    Saint-Julien, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2017-2035
    Reviewer Rating: 91 - eRobertParker.com

    “Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a spicy, floral and currant aftertaste. Solid and very pretty.” Wine Spectator

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  4. Château Léoville Barton, 1996

    Château Léoville Barton, 1996

    Saint-Julien, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2017-2030
    Reviewer Rating: 92 - Stephen Tanzer

    “...medium-bodied with firm tannins, a saline touch on the entry, much more closed than the nose, obdurate as usual, quite austere towards the cedar and tobacco and mint dominated finish.” eRobertParker.com

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  5. Château Léoville Barton, 2000

    Château Léoville Barton, 2000

    Saint-Julien, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2017-2040
    Reviewer Rating: 97 - Wine Spectator

    Château Leoville Barton 2000 was a Decanter Magazine Wines of the Year.

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