Leoville-Barton 2010 MAGNUM - Saint-Julien 2eme Grand Cru Classe
Château Léoville Barton was born in Léoville estate division in 1826, when Hugh Barton, an Irish already owner of Château Léoville Saint-Julien, bought part of the vineyard. Thus a new big name Bordeaux born, alongside the other two parcels from the sale, and Léoville Léoville Las Cases Poyferré. Today, almost two centuries later, the property still belongs to the Barton family, an unusual situation where transactions Bordeaux rife ever since. Became the owner in 1983, Anthony Barton has succeeded to forget the difficult vintages of the Second World War and the period of decline in 1970, signing a spectacular revival, particularly noticeable since 1985. A remarkable 2000 vintage inaugurated the XXI century in style, followed in 2005 simply sublime. Among the many strengths of the area, a high proportion of old vines and the use of traditional wooden vats deliberately retained when most Bordeaux wines separated himself for innovation at the time, the stainless steel tank. Raw having neither storehouse nor castle built on this land, it is Léoville Barton that take place winemaking and farming. The estate's wines offer an exuberant nose of black fruit (cherry, black currant), spices, cedar and coffee wood. In the mouth, they prove concentrated and racy, marked by powerful but very soft tannins, resulting in a superb velvety. Several years in the cellar are necessary for the fulfillment of this great wine, with remarkable guard prospects.
|Bottle Size||1.5 L|
|Main grape||Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Grapes||72 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 20 % Merlot, 8 % Cabernet Franc|
|When to drink||2020-2035|
2010 is undeniably one of the greatest achievements ever recorded in Bordeaux, particularly for red wines. Coming just after 2009, very beautiful too, 2010 is emerging as a classic vintage. The great wines of the Medoc unveil a perfectly ripe fruit, explosive. The wines show good acidity and an impressive tannic structure, which can predict a very long aging. In fact, for the red, all sliders are at their maximum or almost. There is both an optimum ripeness of the grapes which nevertheless retain a great freshness, which has not always been the case in 2009, for example. Specialists so close as in 2005, another great vintage of the decade, as 2010 will be a vintage of very high guard. For the small disadvantage of this vintage profile is that these wines are quite closed in their youth. We feel a great frame on the palate, but is relatively expressive on the aromatic plan. The opposite of a 2009 that was always kind in his youth, easy to enjoy its fruit. If the grapes were exceptionally healthy, their relatively high alcohol content made for the relatively delicate winemaking fermentations were party to last and it was necessary to extract the material with great skill to avoid excessive extraction at the end of vinification. 2010 is also wonderful for sweet wines of Sauternes and Barsac, superior to very good in 2009 as it has the finesse and more wealth. In the opinion of all specialists, it's also a very successful vintage in all areas of these two names, each at his level, of course. A beautiful vintage with a beautiful acidity that balances exceptional richness. Probably already very close to the mythical 2001. The dry whites are not left with much elegance and aromatic freshness.