Chateau Leoville Barton produces 2 red wine cuvees: Leoville Barton's Great Wine, and a second wine called "La Reserve de Leoville Barton", made from the tanks that were not selected for the Leoville Barton's Great Wine. These are blended wines that come from 3 different grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon (more than 70%), Merlot, and Cabernet Franc (in very little proportion). Chateau Leoville Barton does not have a winemaking facility, that’s why these 2 red wines are vinified in Chateau Langoa Barton's winery (Pauillac Third Classed Growth), which is also property of the Barton family. Leoville Barton's Great Wine is all about finesse and balance, which makes it not too concentrated, and not too high in alcohol. It's a surprising wine, full of bright fruit flavours and silky tannins. A forward wine in its youth, which develops more austere flavours, before reaching its best, with complex notes and a rare elegance. It's got an amazing ageing potential (15 to 35 years, and even more). Leoville Barton's best vintages are: 2015, 2010, 2009, 2005, 2003, 2001, 2000, 1996, 1990, 1986, 1985, 1982, 1975, 1970, 1961, 1959. This Saint Julien Second Great Classed Growth is very good value for money, and we could even say that it's a real bargain as its price is greatly lower than the Leoville Las Cases'. The second wine, "La Reserve de Leoville Barton" is made with the same qualitative standards and can be a good introduction to the Great Wine, in a supple and easily accessible style.
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