Lilian Barton-Sartorius, Château Léoville Barton, St.-Julien, Bordeaux
In 1826, Hugh Barton, already proprietor of Chateau Langoa, purchased part of the big Leoville estate. His part then became known as Léoville Barton. Six generations of Bartons have since followed, but under Anthony Barton, who took over from his uncle in 1983, the estate significantly improved quality. Though still actively involved, Barton recently passed ownership of the property to his daughter, Lilian Barton Sartorius.
In 1983, Anthony Barton, the present owner, was given the property by his uncle Ronald Barton who had himself inherited it in 1929. Anthony Barton's daughter Lilian Barton Sartorius now helps her father in managing the estate. Together, they maintain the traditional methods of winemaking, producing a typical Saint-Julien of elegance and distinction.
Located at the heart of the Saint-Julien appellation, Château Léoville Barton has been in the same family since 1826. Hugh Barton, who already owned Château Langoa Barton, bought part of the Léoville estate, which would become Château Léoville Barton. The estate, is currently run by Lilian Barton-Sartorius, alongside her father, Anthony Barton, very well-respected in Saint-Julien and throughout the Médoc region. The soil at Léoville Barton, made up mainly of a combination of thick layers of quaternary period gravel and clay sub-soil, is paradise for Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. These 50 hectares of vines are ideally situated a few hundred yards from the river. The wines they produce have strong characteristics that are unique to Saint-Julien. These wines, with extreme finesse, insuperable elegance and a suave balance leaving a strong impression in the minds of those who appreciate their style.