Château Mauvesin Barton 2018 - A.O.C Moulis
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Experts Reviews

92/100
Score de la RVF
RVF
87/100
Score de Wine Spectator
Wine Spectator
92-93/100
Score de James Suckling
James Suckling
89-90/
Score de Bernard Burtschy
Bernard Burtschy

Fresh and easy in feel, with gentle-edged plum and cherry notes set against a back drop of red tea and savory hints. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2023. 11,250 cases made.
87
points on 100
There is serious depth of fruit in the center palate. Medium to full body, firm tannins and a lovely finish. Shows brightness and minerality.
92-93
points on 100
Encore légèrement marqué par son bois, le vin ne manque pas de croquant et de gourmandise en milieu de bouche. Jolie finale acidulée.
92
points on 100
Enfin un peu de récolte après un 2017 presque entièrement gelé. Le vin est de demi-corps, frais, très fruits rouges délicatement épicés, bien équilibré. Il est élaboré avec 54% merlot, 40% cabernet-sauvignon et 6% petit-verdot.
89-90
points on 100

Description

Owned by the famous Barton family since the year 2011, Château Mauvesin Barton is in a period of renewal with major investments aimed at making this wine one of the most ambitious of the Moulis appellation.


The History

The history of Chateau Mauvesin dates from the 15th Century. It was in 1457 that Jean de Foix Grailly became proprietor of the first Chateau de Mauvesin (for there will be two) in the district of “Moulis en Médoc”. At this time it was a true fortified castle with towers, battlements and arrowslites. Fifty years later it was acquired by the family de La Rivière and then through the marriage in 1582 of Marguerite de La Rivière with Jacques Le Blanc, who thus became “seigneur” of Mauvesin.

Soon after the Revolution in 1792 the old chateau was seized by the state and put up for sale in Lesparre, where it was attributed to “citizen” Clarcke acting for the account of … Pauline Le Blanc.

The old chateau remained the property of the family but due to its state of ruin, it was demolished in 1852.

The construction of the present chateau in 1853 on the site of the original chateau is thanks to Marquis Lodoïs Le Blanc de Mauvesin and his wife. On the advice of the architect Perrier and inspired by the style of Louis XIII, the chateau consists of “two pavilions and two turrets, combining elegance and solidity. The façade was upon a magnificent garden with a pond and a beautiful collection of conifers. ”

After 2 years labour the chateau remains as it was when constructed in 1853 and the trees planted at the creation of the park constitute this timeless home.

The property covers 220 hectares all in one piece including 51 hectares of vineyards.


Yesterday and today

From the « Le Blanc de Mauvesin » family to « Barton Sartorius »…

Having built the chateau in 1853, the Marquis Lodoïs Le Blanc de Mauvesin died in 1884 leaving no direct heirs. He decided to leave his patrimony to his first cousin, Hyppolite de Baritault du Carpia, his closest relative.

The Baritaults, an eminent family originally from the Vendée area, kept Chateau Mauvesin for 4 generations up to its sale in 2011.

The Viscount and Viscountess Alain de Baritault du Carpia, heirs of the family Le Blanc de Mauvesin, sold the property on the 4th August 2011 to Lilian and Michel Barton Sartorius. The Barton family has for eight generations been owners of the Crus Classés Langoa and Leoville Barton, situated in the appellation Saint Julien.


The vines

The vines of Château Mauvesin Barton are situated in the appellation “Moulis en Médoc”, halfway between Margaux and Saint Julien. It is the smallest appellation in the Médoc with 610 hectares. It does however combine exceptional soils with pure graves hills, clay and a checky subsoil.

At Mauvesin Barton, the soil is a mixture of clay and limestone, ideal for the Merlot grape ; then a part of fine gravel and sand more suitable for Cabernet Sauvignon.

The parcels of vines which covers 50 hectares were planted at different periods and the average age is at present about 35 years. This means that production is limited with greater concentration and better quality. The modification of certain parcels began in 2012 with the plantation of 6 hectares of vines and the uprooting of one parcel.

When the harvest starts special care is taken to obtain maximum quality.

A vibrating container is used in order to ovoid disturbing the crop when unloading, without compressing the bunches.

An additional step to maintain the quality of the crop is the investment in an optical sorting machine which eliminates the grapes of lesser quality, retaining only the best quality. This optical sorting system is not yet generally adopted in this appellation.


The cellars

The vat cellar has been restored to make room for barrel storage. The new tasting room is a mixture of bare stone and oak wood. It has a large glass bay window looking out on numerous barrels stained red allowing visitors to appreciate the unique beauty of the scene.

A second barrel cellar has been entirely restored in place of the historic cellar. It is 50 meters long and can hold up to 500 barrels which rest on a bed of gravel which retains the humidity.

All the barrels in both cellars are made from French oak forests of which a third come from Chateau Leoville Barton.


The vat cellar

This cellar is the new building of Chateau Mauvesin Barton built during the complete renovation of the property. It covers 630 square metres, it contains 24 stainless steel vats with temperature control. The vats vary from 125 to 200 hectolitres wich enables quality vinification separating the individual parcels of vines.

With one elevated floor the harvest can be received by gravity, thereby preserving the quality of future vintages.


The vinification

The vats being of varying capacity each parcel can be treated separately and permits an improved blending. The vats are temperature controlled which guarantees temperature levels throughout the fermentation process.

After this process the wine is transferred into French oak barrels for a period of 12 months. One third of these are supplied by three different coopers, another third are barrels of one year and the other third come from Leoville Barton.

The wine of Château Mauvesin Barton is the result of the combined skill of Melanie Sartorius, Bruno Petit and the oenologist consultant Eric Boissenot.

Technical sheet

  • The producer
    Château Mauvesin-Barton
  • Type of wine
    Non Classified
  • Appellation
    Moulis
  • Superficy
    50 hectares
  • Age of the vines
    30 years
  • Harvests
    100% hand harvested
  • Barrels
    33% of new barrels
  • When should you drink it?
    Drink between 2024 and 2036
  • Wine apogee
    2030
  • How is it now?
    Too young, should age more
  • Service temperature
    16.5-18°

The vineyard

This Red wine (Non Classified) from Moulis is made with a vineyard that has an area of 50 hectares by Château Mauvesin-Barton. The average age of the vines is 30 years. The harvest for this wine are 100% hand harvested.

Into the cellars

This wine has remained 12 months in Oak barrels. For this wine, the estate has made the choice to incorporate 33% of new barrels.

Moulis

The Moulis appellation is located to the west of most of the Médoc's municipal appellations: its vineyard starts 3 km from the Gironde and extends to the west.This continental situation testifies to the effective precedence of the Moulis vineyard. In fact, in the 14th and 15th centuries, the vines were planted in the interior regions rather than on the edge of the estuary.
The winegrowers of the time preferred to avoid the dangers of the humidity of the river and the fogs, which favored decay and decimated the vineyards.Even today, the Moulis vineyard enjoys this advantageous situation, allowing it to wait for the optimal maturity of the grapes.