A “family challenge” is how Lilian Barton Sartorius describes the acquisition of Château Mauvesin.
She already shares with her father Anthony Barton both Châteaux Langoa and Leoville Barton – 3rd and 2nd classified growths in Saint Julien. Lilian’s desire with her husband Michel Sartorius, was to possess this remarkable property with the aim to pass on to their children an estate of exceptional quality.
For the Bartons wine is a true family saga. This had its beginning with the arrival in France of Thomas Barton who departed from his native Ireland in 1725. At firstly and solely as a wine merchant but followed in due course by his grand-son Hugh who added the vineyards of Chateau Langoa in 1821 and a part of Leoville’vineyards in 1826. Future generations followed on without a break thus making the Barton family one of the only three to own their properties since the classification of 1855.
Lilian adds “Our choice fell on Chateau Mauvesin because it has a true soul which envelopes you when you visit these delightful premises”.
Some important improvements have been carried out on the production side in addition to improvements in the vineyards and the chateau itself.