2016 Bordeaux 22/05 – Ch芒teau Langoa Barton, ‘truly terroir wine’ Jancis Robinson

by Edward Richardson

This morning sees the release of a trio of very impressive Saint Juliens. An excellent and highly-ratedLANGOA BARTON L&S聽has been released at聽拢420 per 12 IB, and the stylishLA CROIX DE BEAUCAILLOUL&S聽has followed at exactly the same price.聽The ‘sensational’ and ‘electrifying’ (Neal Martin, 96-98)聽BEYCHEVELLE is also out at 拢680 per dozen IB – volumes are down 20% and for now this is limited to last year’s buyers. If you place firm orders we will do our best to fulfill them.

From the聽Haut M茅doc,聽SOCIANDO MALLETL&S聽is also out at 拢315 per dozen IB. This really impressed us with its聽harmony, length and聽mineral intensity in 2016. Neal Martin gave it 92-94 and called it ‘outstanding…one of the best wines produced at this estate‘ – we can’t immediately recall a better vintage either. At this price you get a lot of quality for your money.

Jancis Robinson absolutely loved Langoa Barton in 2016, giving it 17.5 points and calling it ‘long and precise,’ and ‘truly聽terroir wine.’ Galloni was also a huge fan calling the 2016 ‘soft, pliant and absolutely delicious’ (90-93).聽We couldn’t agree more and at 拢420 per dozen this sits nicely in the middle of our price-estimate so there is good value here too. We expect it to be very popular so do get your orders in as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Also highly recommended is La Croix de Beaucaillou.聽Jancis gave it 17 points and thought it ‘dramatic’ with ‘lots of spiciness and glamour.’ Neal Martin found ‘great tension’ and ‘immense purity’ in this wine giving it 92-94. While that score will have pleased聽Bruno Borie, he’ll no doubt be disappointed that Neal still referred to La Croix as ‘Deuxi猫me Vin‘. Bruno is always at pains to point out that La Croix is not a second wine but rather a聽separate vineyard area that lies on the other side of the road, slightly further from the river. Whatever you call it, La Croix is a Saint Julien of real quality and class.

As ever, you can keep up to date with everything out from #Bdx16 on our Recent Releases page.

Late morning news is that Lafite is expected to release this afternoon. However the first tranche is rumoured to聽be 50% down on last year, so n茅gociants will almost certainly hold back on offering any wine until they have the second tranche – and average the price.