With its main vineyard nestled behind the town of Saint Julien, the elegance and stature of the Left Bank’s Château Léoville Barton represents over three centuries and ten generations of wine-making excellence in the famed Médoc region. Irish immigrant Thomas Barton first traveled to Bordeaux in 1722 to establish a successful trading company, which his grandson Hugh expanded in 1821 by purchasing Château Langoa and a section of the immense Léoville estate, the latter becoming the 116-acre Léoville Barton in 1826. The iconic wine produced here has the distinction of being classified as one of fifteen Second Growths by the original 1855 Classification.
At Léoville Barton, Cabernet Sauvignon reigns supreme, accounting for 72% of its plantings, followed by 20% Merlot and a mere 8% of Cabernet Franc. The château focuses on two reds: its Château Léoville Barton Grand Vin, and La Reserve de Léoville Barton. Léoville Barton keeps its blends at a high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon, lending the wine its reputation for a classic depth and richness.
Still run by the Barton family, current owner Anthony Barton, who took over in 1983, resides in the impressive 18th century Château Langoa, as Château Léoville Barton has no actual château building of its own. In fact, the château showcased on it label is Langoa, where all the wines are made. This unique feature is complemented by the fact that Châteaux Langoa and Léoville Barton are known for the longest continuous ownership by one family in all of Bordeaux.