Château-Mauvesin-Barton Moulis-en-Medoc 2015
This beautiful little under-the-radar estate is owned by the famous Barton family, who has been associated with the Medoc, and Saint Julien in particular for centuries. In the 1820's, Hugh Barton purchased Château Langoa, Château Leoville Barton, and what was to become Château Leoville Las Cases. All 3 properties were made second growths in the Bordeaux Classification of 1855.
Arriving in 1725, Thomas, Hugh’s grandfather, was the first Barton to come to Bordeaux from his native Ireland. He was soon seduced by the wine industry making his fortune and becoming known as French Tom, creating the négociant House Barton et Guestier. The current owner, Anthony Barton, came to France in 1951 to work at Barton and Guestier and took over the family estate from his uncle in 1983 making the beautiful château his home in 1986. Lilian Barton Sartorius has worked with her father, Anthony, since 1978 first in their merchant business “Les Vins Fins Anthony Barton,” and she now runs the two properties and the negociant company with him.
As far as appellations go, the Bartons obviously think small is beautiful as Lilian and her husband Michel Sartorius invested in Moulis in 2011 buying Chateau Mauvesin Barton. Moulis, located to the west of the Médoc, halfway between Margaux and Saint Julien, is even smaller than Saint Julien (4% of the Medoc). There are no classified growths in this appellation but Cru Bourgeois account for more than 2/3 of production of these fleshy, delicate wines. The cooler soils of mainly Pyrenean gravel, with a clay-limestone sub-soil, explain the predominance of the Merlot variety, well suited to this type of soil. The Barton’s expertise in Cabernet Sauvignon will not be lost here as on the 51 hectares of vines, (42 in Moulis appellation and 9 in Haut Médoc appellation) the soil is partly clay and limestone, perfect for Merlot, and a partly fine gravel and sand allowing for an exceptional maturity of Cabernet Sauvignon.
Wine EnthusiastEditors' Choice. The fifth vintage from this estate since its purchase by the Barton family of Léoville Barton in Saint-Julien, this is a generous, structured wine. It has ripe black fruits in profusion that are held together by the serious layer of tannins. Rich and concentrated, the wine will age for many years. Drink from 2024.