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Chateau Mauvesin Barton History, Overview
While the creation of Chateau Mauvesin Barton is a recent event, the chateau, and vineyard date back several hundred years. In fact, Chateau Mauvesin Barton was created in 1457. The chateau on the property, which is now used as the residence for Lilian Barton and her family was built in 1853.
For most of its life, the property produced wine that was sold as Chateau Mauvesin. But when the estate was purchased in 2011 from the Baritault de Carpia family by the Barton family, things changed for the better.
The Baritault de Capria family is related to the Capbern Gasqueton family that recently sold Chateau Calon Segur in the St. Estephe appellation. The Barton family owns two famous St. Julien estates; Chateau Leoville Barton and Chateau Langoa Barton. They altered the name of the chateau and winery from Chateau Mauvesin to Chateau Mauvesin Barton to reflect the change in ownership and their commitment to quality.
At first, Lilian Barton was not going to add her family name to the historic chateau, but when she discovered that Chateau Mauvesin was already a trademarked name in China, she changed the name of the estate to Chateau Mauvesin Barton. Melanie Barton Sartorius, and Damian Barton Sartorius, the daughter, and son of Lilian Barton continues to expand their roles at the estate.
It is interesting to note that prior to the sale to the Barton family, the property was in the hands of the Baritault de Carpia family for several hundred years.
Once the purchase was finalized, the new owners, Lilian Barton and her husband Michel Sartorius began a serious restoration and renovation of the entire estate, including the chateau, wine-making facilities, cellars, and replanting of portions of the vineyard.
At the time of the purchase, the vine density was quite low, with many rows of vines missing. Plus much of the remaining rootstock was high yielding, all of which needed extensive replantings. The cellars of Chateau Mauvesin Barton were also modernized. The wines are now vinified in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks.
Chateau Mauvesin Barton Vineyard, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 48 hectare Left Bank vineyard of Chateau Mauvesin Barton is planted to 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. Chateau Mauvesin Barton is located in Moulis, which is in the Haut Medoc appellation.
Chateau Mauvesin Barton is situated not far from Chasse Spleen. The terroir is gravel with clay, sand, and limestone soils. Of those 48 hectares, 40 hectares are planted with vines. The remaining 8 hectares are used for a park-like surrounding with lakes and mature trees. The vines are old, with an average age of close to 35 years.
The wine of Chateau Mauvesin Barton is vinified in 24, stainless steel, temperature-controlled tanks that range in size from 125 hectoliters to 200 hectoliters. The wine is aged in 33% new, French oak barrels for 12 months.
The used barrels come from Chateau Leoville Barton. There is a second wine, L’Impression de Mauvesin Barton. On average, the entire production of Chateau Mauvesin Barton is 20,000 cases of wine per year.
The chateau also produces wine from 9 hectares of vines in the Haut Medoc appellation which is sold as a negociant wine under the name of Haut Medoc by Ginestet.
The best vintages of Chateau Mauvesin are: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2012.
When to Drink Chateau Mauvesin Barton, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau Mauvesin Barton needs a but of time before it can be enjoyed. Young vintages can be decanted for 1 hour. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. The wine will also gently warm in the glass, releasing its aromatics.
Older vintages might also need decanting, for both aerating and removing the sediment. However, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character.
Chateau Mauvesin Barton is usually better with at least 2-4 years of bottle age. Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage style and character. Chateau Mauvesin Barton offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 3-10 years of age after the vintage.
Serving and Decanting Chateau Mauvesin Barton with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Chateau Mauvesin Barton is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. The wine of Chateau Mauvesin Barton is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, and grilled dishes.
Chateau Mauvesin Barton is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta as well as cheese.
Château Mauvesin Barton Wine Tasting Notes
7 Vintages 23,642 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2019||Château Mauvesin Barton (Moulis en Médoc)|
Licorice, spice, plums and currants are found on the nose and palate in this medium-bodied, juicy, forward, bright, crunchy wine. Give it a year or two to round out and it should be even better. 88-90 Pts
2,405 Views Tasted Dec 9, 2020
|2018||Château Mauvesin Barton (Moulis en Médoc)|
Better from the bottle than the barrel, the wine shows spice, fresh red fruits, cedar and tobacco leaf on the nose. Soft, juicy medium-bodied and energetic on the palate, the wine leaves you with a sweet, crisp jolt of red pit fruits. 90 Points
1,023 Views Tasted Mar 9, 2021
Medium-bodied with a real juiciness to the red fruits. There is a fresh, crisp jolt of red pit fruits and spice in the finish. The wine was made from a blend of 54% Merlot, 39.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6.5% Petit Vedot. 88-90 Pts
1,770 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2016||Château Mauvesin Barton (Moulis en Médoc)|
Medium-bodied, bright, fresh and easy to drink, the wine offers a classic Haut-Medoc character. 87 Points
1,969 Views Tasted Sep 21, 2019
Spicy red fruits with cassis, thyme and cranberry on top create the nose. Medium bodied, forward, fresh and already easy to drink on release. The wine was made from a blend of 47% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Vedot, the wine reached 13.1% alcohol. 89 Points
2,414 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2015||Château Mauvesin Barton (Moulis en Médoc)|
Spicy, bright red fruits, medium bodied with a cranberry, cigar and cherry finish. Made from a blend of 42% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, the wine reached 13.1% alcohol. 86 - 88 Pts
2,401 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2016
|2014||Château Mauvesin Barton (Moulis en Médoc)|
Medium bodied, soft, forward and focused on its easy going, fresh, cedar, tobacco and red berries. This is already drinking quite well. 87 Points
2,071 Views Tasted Sep 17, 2018
Medium bodied, soft, and focused on its light, easy going, red berries. This is already drinking quite well. The wine was made from a blend of 53% Merlot, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. 87 Points
3,076 Views Tasted Jun 25, 2017
Light in color, the wine has a fresh, bright red cherry and cranberry character that will be best in its youth. 86-87 Pts
3,059 Views Tasted Apr 21, 2015
|2013||Château Mauvesin Barton (Moulis en Médoc)|
Using 46% Merlot, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot in the blend, the wine reached 12.5% alcohol. This crisp, bright, light and easy-drinking wines shows red berries and should be enjoyed on release. 83-85 Pts
1,964 Views Tasted Apr 23, 2014
|2012||Château Mauvesin Barton (Moulis en Médoc)|
Light in color and light in fruit, this early drinking wine is all about its soft red berry character. Drink this on the young side. 84 Points
1,490 Views Tasted May 17, 2014