Léoville Barton’s smaller (18 hectares) sister Chateau. Grape varieties, viticulture and vinification are similar to those of Léoville. Quality is often very similar too. Classic claret is produced here with real Cabernet Sauvignon “grip” and class. There are currently 17 hectares in production, with an average vine age of 35 years. The 2016 was harvested between 29th September and 13th October, will be a modest 13% alcohol, and will be raised in 60% new oak. The blend is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, and 8% Cabernet Franc. Deep ruby colour with a spicy blackcurrant and black cherry nose. The palate is rich, juicy and chocolatey with notes of pure cassis and bramble fruits. The tannins are plentiful but velvet in texture, bringing superb harmony and precision to the mid-palate. The finish is long, pure and fine, another superb example of Langoa Barton.
Farr Vintners 17 punten
Exceptionally dark purple. Very meaty, concentrated nose with real lift. Lots of graphite and grit. No spare flesh but truly terroir wine. Sinewy. Bone-dry finish. Very much in its own style. But long and precise.
Jancis Robinson 17.5 punten