"60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc. 18–20 months in French oak, 80% new. Malo in barrel. pH 3.69.
Deep garnet with ruby rim. Cedar, cassis and spice dominate here on the nose – I thought it would smell riper than this but as it opens this side is revealed. Very Cabernet in its aroma even though there is quite a dollop of Petit Verdot that adds its own perfume. Smells generous and forthcoming. On the palate there are more tertiary flavours, a definite mature taste of undergrowth, unexpected freshness and a slight suggestion that the tannins are gaining ground on the fruit but currently showing finesse. This gives the impression of firm extraction in the dry, grainy finish but it’s still clearly in balance for quite a bit longer in bottle. Rather leathery on the finish."
Julia Harding MW 17,5/20 (März 2021)
"60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc.
Looks quite a bit older than the 2010, especially at the rim. Very sweet, ripe nose is pretty seductive, I must confess. Tea-leaf notes on the flattering nose. Sweet start and very round and gorgeous. OK, the tannins are drier and the palate less concentrated than the 2010 but I love this! Certainly for drinking now, even if it won't last nearly as long as the 2010. Slightly loose-textured but oh, so enjoyable."
Jancis Robinson MW 18/20 (März 2021)
"They tend to start to pick later than Barton ends. Very bright purple. Very crystal clear. Plush and inky and polished and sumptuous. Masses of flesh. Seductive and with lots of mass. Polished."
Jancis Robinson MW 18,5/20 (März 2013)