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Lovely nose, expressive and complex. A very classical profile, flowing and fresh, the usual richness of spice and savour, complex and interesting, tannic finale. Although this is mostly from defined vineyards, it does also take up some of the off-cuts of Léoville Barton, and this year has a slightly higher Merlot content than usual. Rating: 91-91 L&S (Apr 2007)
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(70% cabernet sauvignon, 25% merlot and 5% cabernet franc) Good deep red-ruby. Lively aromas of redcurrant, smoke, tobacco and nutty oak. Lush and broad, with a restrained sweetness to its plum and redcurrant flavors. Finishes with serious but ripe tannins. This shows more structure than the lighter 2004 and more vinosity, and perhaps more even ripeness than the chunkier 2005. Rating: 89-91 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (May 2007)
Balanced and refined, with silky tannins and lots of dark chocolate and mineral. Medium- to full-bodied, with a lasting finish. Lovely. Rating: 89-91 James Suckling, The Wine Spectator (May 2007)
Much like its more famous sibling, Leoville Barton, the 2006 Langoa Barton is a heady, ripe, dense, tannic, powerful wine possessing a deep ruby/purple color as well as aromas of underbrush, damp earth, creme de cassis, and licorice. Rich, layered, and impressive, it will be drinkable between 2013-2030. Rating: 90-92 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (May 2007)
One of my perennial favourites, this does not disappoint even though the nose is just a little too lean for my liking. The palate shows greater promise with ample black fruits, a supple, lithe texture and like Léoville Barton, a surprising amount of grip and persistency. Perhaps not a subtle wine, much more sinewy than recent Langoas, a wine that wants to emulate and perhaps even surpass its big brother. It will not do that this year...but it will come close, no doubt at its usual very reasonable price. Rating: 90-92 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (Apr 2007)
Intense colour, lovely concentration of wild black berry fruits with a touch of wild violets, very fine balance between ripe vineyard fruit and Saint-Julien class, masses of ripe tannins that will ensure a long life, very good indeed. 2013-30. Rating: **** www.decanter.com (Apr 2007)
Very dark crimson. Fresh glossy black cherry aromas. Very well balanced and gracious on the front palate with a nice fragrant dry, racy style. This could easily be Langoa (as indeed it was - I do try not to guess when tasting but this just swamped me with identity). Very dry finish but not drying. Lift and grace. Just falls away very slightly on the finish. Bone dry - no tarty sweetness. 2014-20 Rating: 17.5- Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com (Apr 2007)
Château Leoville Barton
St Julien Deuxième cru 1855
When the Marquis de Las-Cases-Beauvoir fled France during the Revolution, his Léoville estate was seized with an eye to selling it off. In the end, only a quarter was sold (although a further division occured a few years later), and this was purchased by Hugh Barton who had acquired the neighbouring estate of Château Pontet-Langlois (and re-named it Langoa-Barton) a few years earlier in 1821. The Barton's ownership of Langoa is the longest ownership by one family of any estate in the Médoc.
Hugh's original intention, so it is said, in purchasing a portion of the Léoville estate was to sell it back to the emigré Marquis, but he was an emigré Marquis without sufficient means and the estate stayed with the Barton family, becoming Château Léoville Barton. There was no château attached and the wines were, and still are, made at Langoa.
The Bartons had already been a fixture of the Bordeaux wine trade for a hundred years at this stage - Thomas Barton left his native Ireland in 1722 and settled in Bordeaux, eventually buying Château le Boscq in St Estèphe in 1745. His grandson Hugh, who bought the two Barton estates, developed a wine merchant's business with Daniel Guestier (Barton & Guestier), and the Guestier family proved crucial in protecting the Barton's châteaux during both the French Revolution and World War II when the Bartons had to flee France.
Léoville Barton has 51 hectares in production, the vineyard is of top-class deep gravels - part of the bank that is closest to the Gironde, continuing southward from Las Cases and Poyferré, with Ducru Beaucaillou beyond - with clay underneath. It is densely planted (9100 plants per hectare) with around 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and most of the rest being Merlot.
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