Château Leoville Barton is the third (and smallest) element of the famous trio of Saint Julien properties that 200 years ago formed one estate (Château Leoville) and has been the property of the illustrious Barton family since 1836. The family has been involved in the wine trade since 1723 when Irishman, Hugh Barton, bought part of the Léoville vineyards, before joining forces with Daniel Guestier in 1725 to create the famous Barton & Guestier negociant. Ronald Barton inherited the property in 1927 and passed it on to his nephew, Anthony, in 1983.
Thanks to Anthony Barton’s far-sighted vision, Château Leoville Barton, has been transformed to one of the best value wines amoung the best of Saint Julien.
Chateau Léoville Barton also produce a 3rd Classified Growth, Langoa Barton, which is vinified and matured in exactly the same way and the differences are attributed to the difference of soil and exposure of their respective vineyard blocks. For years, Langoa Barton was considered as slightly lighter and more forward than Léoville, however, in the last decade it has become noticeably deeper in colour and richer and more concentrated on the palate. Today, Langoa Barton is often regarded as the equal of Léoville.