May 22nd 2017
It looks like this could be St Julien’s week. This commune was one of our favourites during the Union des Grands Crus tastings, and vies with St Estèphe as the best of this top-rated vintage. This morning sees, amongst others, Ch Langoa Barton out of the blocks.
Often in the shadow of the Barton family’s other St Julien, Ch Léoville Barton, the Langoa offers classic St Julien balance and great value. At only 18 hectares, this is on the smaller side for a Bordeaux classed growth, and it perennially offers a delicious style of claret which reaches its drinking window a little ahead of its sister château. With 2016’s plush tannins and ripe fruit core, this is a banker.
“Understated and classic Langoa“, Neal Martin
“Soft, pliant and absolutely delicious“, Antonio Galloni
Ch Langoa Barton 3ème Cru St Julien 2016
£210 per 6 bottles IB
£420 per 12 bottles IB
£430 per 6 magnums IB
£505 per 3 double magnums IB
£170 per 1 single double magnum IB
53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc. Complementing the success at Léoville Barton, this sister property also enjoys an excellent vintage in 2016. There is a delicious concentration of dark fruit and smoky length. It is a very natural, unforced expression of St Julien, with all elements in balance. Drink 2023-2034. 92-94 points, Goedhuis & Co
The 2016 Langoa Barton is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc picked between 29 September and 13 October. It is being matured in 60% new oak barrels. It has a very succinct bouquet, with a mixture of black and red fruit, a slight sea spray/estuarine tincture, hints of leather and brown spice in the background. The palate is very harmonious on the entry with a grainy texture. There is good backbone here, maybe just a little foursquare compared to other Saint Julien wines, but it gathers pace towards the finish that displays touches of spice and cedar. Understated and classic Langoa. Drink Date 2022 – 2045. 91-93 points, Neal Martin
The 2016 Langoa Barton is soft, pliant and absolutely delicious. Succulent red cherry, rose petal, lavender, mocha and sweet spice fill out the wine’s mid-weight frame effortlessly. Succulent and inviting, the 2016 is terrific today. The 2016 is marked by its energy and freshness, much of that the result of the Cabernet Franc, which is on the higher end of the range by historical standards. Tasted two times. 90-93 points, Antonio Galloni
Langoa continues its ascent with determination and élan. The freshness and brightness here is gripping and it is awash with juicy, layered, succulent fruit. There are some slightly more concentrated coulis fruit notes here which make it a particularly exciting. I feel that this vintage has the edge on the 2015 because of its length and taut finish. Overall this is a very balanced, classically-dimensioned wine with a little extra dimension of mystery while keeping its alcohol strictly under control. 17.5+ points, Matthew Jukes