The Barton family have been part of the Bordeaux wine-making tradition since the beginning of the 18th century, and it's clear from their signature offering, Château Léoville Barton, just how seriously they take their craft.
Being classified as a 2nd Grand Cru Classé in 1855 has made this estate a sought after label for those who appreciate fine wines - its elegance and consistency speak volumes about how passionate the Barton family are about wine-making.
What makes this château even more special is that it's located in Saint Julien within the highly regarded Médoc region of Bordeaux, which contributes to its unique character.
The Château was built in 1758 by Monsieur de Pontet, an esteemed landowner of the Médoc region. Situated beneath the private apartments lies the crypted vaulted cellars; a quiet domain which is home to some of the most renowned vintages of Léoville Barton.
Its silence serves as a protective sanctuary that allows these wines to reach their ultimate potential over time. In 1821, due to the Droit d'Aubaine (Windfall Law) in France, Hugh Barton had his dream realised when he purchased vineyards from Pierre-Bernard de Pontet, renaming it ''Château Langoa Barton''.
Four years on and this visionary entrepreneur went on to acquire one quarter of the former domaine of Léoville; whose collapse was partially attributed to both inheritance complications and the French Revolution.
Purchasing only its vineyards, he forewent its winemaking facilities for those housed within Langoa. Consequently, this marked the foundation of what would later become known as Léoville Barton.
The terroir at Léoville Barton is renowned among the world's most esteemed wines. It is situated in the heart of the Saint Julien appellation, 40 kilometres north of Bordeaux in the Médoc region.
Here, one finds a beautiful outcropping of Garonne gravel flanked on one side by the Gironde. This gravel of various heights has been deposited by the river over time, making it an integral part of this exquisite terroir.
The gravelly clay subsoil also plays an essential role in regulating climatic variations during different vintages. Furthermore, these features have been further enhanced through centuries of cultivation and care from men who nurture the soil with expertise and precision.
Thus, it can be seen that this unique combination of features is responsible for making these red wines so celebrated and sought after across continents.
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