2010 3ème Cru Classé Saint Julien

Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Haut Médoc
Village Saint Julien
Classification 3ème Cru Classé

73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc. Very thick, ripe nose. Fruitcake notes, but still fresh. Complex spice in the fruit. Lush and pure. Slightly drying finish, but there is still fruit there. Reallly enjoyable. It may not be as technically masterful as Lagrange, but there seems to be more happening. Really appetising. Rating: 93-93 L&S (Apr 2011)

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For sheer quality, this is only a whisker away from its stable mate, Léoville-Barton. It’s also one of the best young Langoas I’ve ever tasted: focused, fresh and well balanced, with just a hint of feral rusticity to its tannins, like rubbing your face against a woollen blanket. This will be a smart buy, slipping under the radar of some wine critics. 15+ years. Rating: 95 Tim Atkin MW, 2011)

Softer than I expected given the highly extracted, exceptionally tannic wines routinely produced by proprietor Anthony Barton, the oaky, powerfully concentrated, dense 2010 Langoa Barton possesses silky, well-integrated tannins. Nevertheless, the level of wood and the primary nature of the black currant and black cherry fruit suggest 7-8 years of cellaring will be essential. This is a 30-year wine. 2018-2048 Rating: 90-92 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, 2011)

A dark wine with a dense, crimson rim. More perfume and open expression here. The dark fruit aromas have a beautifully lifted, crystalline edge to them which is really appealing. This has a real polish on the palate, the fruit showing really fresh definition, polished but with linear edges and good focus. There is a mineral feel to it and a grip and vigour to accompany this. Supple, attractive, firmly grippy finish,. really good life in this wine. Rating: 17-18/20 Chris Kissack, 2011)

Tasted 17 Feb: Blend just done. Very dark purple. Really rather exotic on the nose. Very lustrous and luscious. Extremely ripe and hedonistic – like 2009 but with more tannin. Tasted blind 8 Apr: Mid crimson. Notably ripe with black fruits on the nose. Then sinew and a cool finish but much more luscious than some St-Juliens. Not tarted up. A very good ambassador for the vintage’s characteristics. Dry finish. Very fine tannins. Succulent fruit on the nose. Lively and polished and with real vitality and pzazz. Good lift yet the solid framework of a fine St-Julien. Still very embryonic with lots of fine tannins. 2020-2035 Rating: 17.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - 2011)

The Langoa Barton has a very ripe, well-defined bouquet with dark berried fruits and just a hint of oyster shell. The palate is silky smooth, cashmere tannins, very pure with dark cherries a touch of cassis, very refined and composed, slips down the throat beautifully. So pure and beguiling, there is a crystalline quality to this Langoa that is utterly compelling. Drink 2018- Rating: 92-94 Neal Martin, 2011)

Very good extraction of supple, succulent ripe fruit, a beautifully lifted and long palate, the length and harmony of a great Langoa. Drink 2018-35. Rating: ****18 Steven Spurrier(Apr 2011)

What a depth of fruit here, with dark chocolate and currants and blackberries. Full and velvety. Wonderful texture. Like it. Better than 2009. Rating: 93-94 James Suckling, 2011)

Pure, with a gorgeous beam of dark cassis and violet racing along, while black tea, spice, tobacco and tar flitter in the background. The finish is superpolished and very, very long. Rating: 92-95 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator(Apr 2011)

Château Langoa Barton

Hugh Barton acquired the estate of Château Pontet-Langlois (and re-named it Langoa-Barton) in 1821, a few years before he then bought a portion of the estate of the Marquis de Léoville Beauvais, which he renamed Léoville Barton. The Barton's ownership of Langoa is the longest ownership by one family of any estate in the Médoc. There was no château to the Loville portion, 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. Langoa Barton's vineyard classed as a 'Troisieme Cru Classé' in 1855, is quite small for this part of the Médoc with only 17 hectares in production. Planted with mostly Cabernet and Merlot, at 9100 vines per hectare, like Léoville itself. Also like Léoville, it is a terroir of deep gravel over clay. The average vine age is around 35 years.

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