Château Léoville-Barton 2010
In 1826 Hugh Barton, a winemaker of Irish extraction, acquired what was originally a quarter share of the Léoville Las Cases estate. Léoville Barton, as it became known, has remained in the same family ever since, with Ronald Barton recently giving way to his nephew Anthony. In the last few years the château has emerged from the shadow of its neighbours Léoville Las Cases and Ducru Beaucaillou, becoming one of Bordeaux's most popular wines. Neal Martin writes of the 2010, "It opens up to reveal blackberry, cassis, violets and a touch of cedar - full-bodied with exquisite purity, insistent grippy tannins, a seamless texture" (Wine Advocate). Enjoy with plain roast lamb or beef when young, and with richly sauced meats or game when older.