2002 Chateau Leoville Barton, Saint-Julien, France by DFV Fine Wines
- Producer - Chateau Leoville Barton
Region/Appellation - Saint-JulienCountry Hierarchy - Medoc, Bordeaux, France
Grape/Blend - Bordeaux Blend RedFood Suggestion - Beef and Venison
Wine Style - Red - Savory and ClassicAlcohol Content - 12.5 - 14.5%
Château Léoville Barton is a vineyard in the Saint-Julien region of Bordeaux, ranked a second growth in the 1855 Classification. Quality has soared since the 1980s, and it is now considered as one of the most exciting wines in Bordeaux, gaining regular praise for its reasonable pricing. Léoville Barton is Cabernet Sauvignon-predominant, tannic and austere when young but develops intense blackcurrant and cassis notes, as well as classic Saint-Julien cedar characteristics.
The vineyard, which has gravel soils over clay, is planted 74 percent to Cabernet Sauvignon, 23 percent to Merlot and 3 percent to Cabernet Franc. After a manual harvest, fermentation takes place in large temperature-controlled wooden vats, and then the wine is aged in 50 percent new oak barrels.
AWARDS -Le Guide Hachette des Vins, 2006: 2 Stars Coup de coeur