Château Mauvesin Barton

When I first began exploring Bordeaux, too many years ago now, it was not long before I recognised the value of the name Barton. Sitting on the second and third tiers of the 1855 classification of the Médoc there were two properties which carried this name, Château Léoville-Barton and Château Langoa-Barton. Both were turning out wines of exceptional quality, typifying the classic left-bank, St Julien, Cabernet-dominant style. They developed beautifully in bottle, which meant they could be purchased in maturity with some confidence, handy for somebody with no family cellar to fall back on (the only cellar I was ever likely to inherit was a salt cellar). And this was true even in lesser vintages; I am still drinking my way through the case of 1994 Château Léoville-Barton I picked up at auction at about that time.

Château Mauvesin Barton

And so when in 2011 I learnt of the creation of a third, ‘new’ Barton family property my interest was piqued. There is of course no land for sale in St Julien, and so this new acquisition – Château Mauvesin, rechristened Château Mauvesin Barton as Lilian Barton Sartorius (pictured above) took possession – is located outside this famous commune, in the Moulis-en-Médoc appellation.

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