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The winery is located in the commune of Saint-Julien in the area of the same name in the Médoc(Bordeaux). It originated from a three-part division of the former Château Léoville. One of these was acquired in 1826 by Hugh Barton (1766-1854), who was of Irish descent. Ronald Barton (1902-1986) gave the estate its current structure. In the 1980s, his nephew Anthony Barton took over the management. The other two parts are now called Château Léoville-Las-Cases and Château Léoville-Poyferré. The family also owns the neighbouring Château Langoa-Barton, acquired in 1821, where the wines from both châteaux are produced. Château Léoville-Barton was awarded second place (Deuxième Grand Cru Classé) in the 1855 Bordeaux Classification. The vineyards cover 47 hectares and are planted with Cabernet Sauvignon (72%), Merlot (20%) and Cabernet Franc (8%). The extremely long-lasting red wine matures for 20 months in 50% new barriques. The second wine is called "La Réserve de Léoville-Barton".

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