2011 3ème Cru Classé Saint Julien

Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Haut Médoc
Village Saint Julien
Classification 3ème Cru Classé
ABV 13%

Lovely developed rich nose, very pure. Some genuine richness, round, layered. Dense with purple fruit. Tannic but in a nicely crunchy way and still juicy at the end. Quite high-toned, it has natural drive and is juicy and mouthwatering. Rating: 91+ L&S (Apr 2012)

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Good full ruby-red. Perfumed aromas of blackcurrant, fresh herbs and cocoa. Sweet, round and nicely vinous, with good depth to the flavors of chocolatey dark fruits and spicy underbrush. Finishes with fine-grained tannins, firm structure and lingering cocoa and floral notes. Offers plenty of early appeal and better texture than many 2011s. Rating: 90 Ian d'Agata - Stephen Tanzer website (Jul 2014)

The fruit feels ripe sweet cassis and bramble. The palate has an underlying freshness that lightens the mid palate and brings out the mint on the back palate. There is an attractive supple fleshiness the sweet fruit supported by firm but ripe tannins. 2018-35 Rating: 88-91 Derek Smedley MW, (Dec 2013)

Sleek and polished and savoury. Very nice texture but a bit dry on the finish. Pretty severe. Very dry style. The character of the vintage is very apparent in this wine! Dry end. 2020-2035 Rating: 16+ Jancis Robinson OBE MW - (May 2012)

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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