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Langoa Barton St. Julien 2011
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The history of Langoa and Leoville Barton is the history of a family who have managed to preserve their inheritance for more than 2 centuries. From one generetion to another the wines produced by the two properties have maintained the quality of their classification, offering wines at the very top of their appellation.
Editorial Reviews for Langoa Barton St. Julien
Tight on the nose with mineral, shoe polish, leather and nutty wood aromas that are fresh and precise. This is tight and yet surprisingly open, though thus is more about structure than fruit today. It shows fine freshness and good clarity gaining red currant notes on the palate in a rather austere way, turning to black currant on the back end, and through the moderately long finish. Very typical of L-B. 93pts
Fine focus on the nose with a hint of nutty oak over mineral, smoke, and faint fruit aromas all come together with fine focus. Light on the palate, yet superbly transparent with very subtle hints of leather, herb, and gravel accenting fresh, crushed black currant fruit that doesn't dominate the palate. This is all nuance and finesse today with fine length and pinpoint tannins. 92pts
Shallow and tight on the nose with fine base of gravelly minerality and slow to blossom red fruits that show a seductive freshness. Lean and crisp on entry, this is balanced and elegant with lovely mineral and licorice notes accenting the core black cherry and currant fruit. With air this smoothens out a bit but remains a bit stern at its core. A fine bottle of Bordeaux, classically balanced and one that should age well but not require too much time to begin to drink at peak. 92pts
Spicy and oaky on the nose with graphite and dried herbs layered over hard, fresh black currant fruit. Dry, hard and austere in the mouth. There’s some nuanced blackberry fruit on the palate and this feels a little extracted but it’s well balanced with great length. Tannic and hard, this is too lean to be from california. I bet it’s Bordeaux. Not a great vintage but a very well made wine for the cellar. A vin de garde. 90pts
Pencil lead, earth, dark spice, crème de cassis and toasted hazelnuts on the nose – polished in the mouth, a bit tough, finely focused with lovely structural balance, pretty packed with tannin and savory oak, black currant fruit, all in finish though the long finish is dominated by woody, hard tannins (91-92)
Black olive tapenade on the nose with notes of thyme, raw wood, juniper, and woodsmoke – a bit balsamic on the nose, dry, astringent, black olive fruit upfront, noticeable wood through the mid-palate, black tea and black fruit on the finish (87-88)
Four and a half glasses
Four and a half glasses
Wow! Elegant, schön ausgebaut und schon beinahe trinkfertig. Schöne Tannine, präsente, leichte Frucht, etwas beerig und vollmundig.
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Dark, purple color. Sweet fruit, plum on the nose. Vanila, fresh cream on the palate. Dry finish with some earth showing. Some potential for more, but projects as a better wine with food than a sipper. 89+ points.
this wine was sampled over a several hour period while in the decanter. At first this wine seems elegant, and quite tight, as it opens it reveals a nose of smokey fruits and meats, tar, leather, spice, black cherries and great length. After the 6 hour mark this wine opened, became multi dimensional, and gained much body, was quite big, and had super length. I was stunned by this wine. Beautiful. Perhaps my favorite 2006 from bordeaux.
After not having given Bordeaux's much traction, a friend and I decided that we needed to see what all the fuss was about and picked up a bottle of the 05 Leoville Barton and brought it with us to a great steakhouse in San Diego. We had it with filet and it was nothing short of amazing. Silky, velvety, a touch of smoke, and an elegant finish that went down, down, down...
External Reviews for Langoa Barton St. Julien
This shows a solid core of fruit here with a wonderful asphalt berry and mineral character. Full body with excellent tannins fruit and acid balance. Impressive. The extra dose of cabernet sauvignon at 85% and no cabernet franc makes this wine exceptional for the vintage. James Suckling.
I like the pure and clean fruit with medium to full body integrated tannins and juicy finish. A sliced lemon and dark fruit undertone. Long subtle finish. James Suckling.
The Langoa Barton is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon 30% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc picked between 2 and 14 October. It has a light gravelly bouquet with blackberry and iodine with a tang of seaweed. The palate has a harmonious entry with fine tannins a laid-back Langoa that is simple but elegant. This is a simple easy drinking Langoa to enjoy over the next 10 years. Tasted April 2014. Neal Martins Wine Journal.
Firmly tannic in character this wine is dry and extracted. Theres potential for this powerful impressive wine to bear the wines very dry character with the weight of its fruit. Wine Enthusiast.
This second wine of Chateau Leoville Poyferre, a second classed growth in Saint Julien, is owned by the anglo-irish Barton family since 1821 and is renowned throughout the World for its balance, finesse and elegance. This classic Cabernet-dominated wine is produced here by estate manager Michel Raoult together with Anthony Barton and his daughter, Lilian. Vinification in stainless steel with temperature controlled systems. Ageing in one and two year old barrels for 18 months, fining with egg white. The vineyard is trained in organic and biodynamic vine growing. Grapes : Cabernet Sauvignon 70%, Merlot 20%, Cabernet Franc 10% Region : France / Bordeaux / Saint Julien AOC Maker : M. Brehant Notes : Smooth with coffee and cedar notes - a classically styled Bordeaux from this esteemed estate in St Julien. ABV : 13%
There are now 47 ha of vineyards at Chateau Léoville-Barton, owned by the Anglo-Irish Barton family since 1821. The vineyards lie close to the Gironde, sandwiched between the water and Chateau Talbot. They have a typical St Julien terroir of gravelly soils over deeper clay. The vines are 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, the remainder being 20% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc, reflecting the classic, Cabernet-dominated wine produced here by estate manager Michel Raoult together with Anthony Barton and his daughter, Lilian. Grapes : Cabernet Sauvignon 72%, Merlot 20%, Cabernet Franc 8% Region : France / Bordeaux / Saint Julien AOC Maker : Michel Raoult Notes : A perfumed and bright nose with a direct style of fruit. Well-formed fruits, with only the faintest hint of oak. The palate fruit is supple, the texture harmonious, with grainy tannins and a fine, bright acidity which give the wine lovely shape and definition. Serve : At 14 - 16 deg C with hearty red meats, game and stews. ABV : 13%