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The family secret, however, is that there is no Chateau at Leoville-Barton at all. Grapes from the 47 hectare vineyard are vinified in the cuvee of neighboring Chateau Langoa-Barton. Both are managed by Anthony Barton, the most recent in a long line of Irishmen who have directed the family business.
The allotment of the vineyard, which breaks down to 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc, reflects the Barton's vinous ideology: traditionally styled, Cabernet dominated St. Juliens. The eponymous Grand Vin is rich, and densely concentrated with compelling fruit complexity, enticing inner-mouth perfume and suave tannins. Though capable of extended aging, it's is rarely hard in its youth.