Reserve de Léoville Barton, Saint-Julien 2014

La Réserve de Léoville Barton is the second wine of Château Léoville Barton - 2er Grand Cru Classé. This wine receives all the attention given to a great wine - hand picking, fermentation in oak and the result is absolutely sublime. The 2014 is ripe, bold and approachable, this is a great vintage and the wines are drinking well at the moment though the 2014 will also provide perfect drinking over the next 10 years. A wine for entertaining - absolutely delicious.
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Wine Data

Grape variety: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Appellation: Saint-Julien
Alcohol: 13%

About

1722 - Thomas Baron left his native Ireland to settle in Bordeaux, founding a wine merchant company.
1826 - His grandson, Hugh Barton, purchased 50 hectares of vines located in the Saint Julien appellation.
In the historic 1855 classification the château was to be awarded the rank of "Second Classified Growth". The property was managed by the various generations over the years until Anthony Barton raised Château Léoville Barton to the level of international recognition it enjoys today. The Barton story continues with his daughter, Lilian, and her two children, now writing the chapter of the 10th generation. The vineyard nestles in the heart of the St Julien terroir among the most beautiful slopes of Garonne gravel, facing the Gironde river. The clayey gravel subsoil allows excellent growing conditions whatever weather the vintage brings. The plowing is traditional, without weeding or herbicide. The grape varieties are Cabernet Sauvignon (74%), Merlot (23%) and Cabernet Franc (3%).