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2020 Leoville Barton

By Chateau Leoville Barton

2020 Leoville Barton from Chateau Leoville Barton, St-Julien, Bordeaux

The celebrated 2020 vintage from the illustrious Chateau Leoville Barton manifests an extraordinary chapter in the estate's rich tapestry woven through Saint-Julien's history. My acquaintance with their lineage of wines swells over decades, yet it is this particular year that arrests the senses with unrivalled promise for a propitious future.


Distinguished Pedigree, Investable Heritage

The essence of the 2020 Leoville Barton resonates with the integrity for which its namesake, Chateau Leoville Barton, is renowned. Consistency in quality and commitment to traditionalist winemaking endows this vintage with characteristics coveted by both connoisseurs and investors alike. This symbiotic blend of heritage and progression is a testament to the estate's time-honoured practices in conjunction with modern innovation.


The Season’s Signature: A Vintage of Resilience and Elegance

The climatic juxtaposition of 2020, beginning with damp conditions that gave way to a parched summer, forged a resilient harvest. The resulting wine triumphs as youthfully exuberant whilst confidently structured. A composition of dark fruits—think succulent blackberries and plums—is deftly layered over seasoned French oak's whispers and soft tannins which suggests longevity befitting serious cellaring. The wine's poise between concentrated opulence and nuanced finesse can only be attributed to the selective expression entrenched within this St-Julien vintage.

A critical hallmark of the 2020 Leoville Barton is its poised architecture; a chiselled silhouette signals its capacity to flourish with time. The palate is gifted with a rich pallette, casting shadows of cocoa and tobacco which dance alongside brighter staves of cherry and cassis—undoubtedly indebted to precise viticulture responding amiably to that year’s capricious weather.

In sum, the 2020 vintage from Chateau Leoville Barton encapsulates a tableau vivant of St-Julien's terroir under the year's unique climatic brushstrokes; an investment-worthy masterpiece awaiting its revered alcove in one's collection. Its intrinsic value is harmoniously linked to its meticulous production—a vintage not merely to possess but to cherish.

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The 2020 Léoville Barton reveals a deep purple-black color, springing from the glass with vivacious scents of crushed black cherries, cassis and black raspberries, plus hints of cinnamon toast, wild sage, red roses and sassafras. The medium to full-bodied palate is packed with muscular black fruits, framed by grainy tannins and loads of freshness, finishing long and perfumed.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate, 20 May 2021

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