The 2014 Langoa Barton has an earthy, slightly dour bouquet compared to its peers, missing the same degree of vigour. The palate is medium-bodied with gentle tannin, a little soft around the edges compared to the Gloria, easygoing by comparison with a light mintiness coming through towards the finish. This is a lovely Langoa Barton even if it jus falls short of my expectations after bottling. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. 2020 - 2035
Lovely aromas of chocolate and currants with bright cherries. Full body, tight and compacted tannins and a fresh and fruity finish. Crisp acidity. Linear and refined. Start drinking in 2021.
Tasted blind. Berries and rather simple, brutal fruit. Very youthful indeed. Not a charmer! But it’s back-end loaded so it may well shine eventually. Absolutely not communicating at the moment… Lots of weight and concentration. One of the most backward wines we have tasted so far. Massive in every way.
Léoville Barton's 15 hectare sister Chateau is normally very fairly priced for the consistent quality. Grape varieties, viticulture and vinification are similar to those of Léoville. Quality is often very similar too. 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc. 60% new oak. Deep purple colour. Ripe black fruit nose with black cherries, blackcurrant and plums, with a little spice and toast. Classic St Julien palate with blackcurrante, lead pencil, graphite, and dry gravelly tannins. Juicy fruit and some smoky oak on the finish, finishing with sweet black cherry and a little licquorice.
The 2014 Langoa Barton is a fair clip back from the 2015, yet is still outstanding. Offering a rounded, supple, fruit-forward profile as well as perfumed notes of plums, cassis, licorice, and scorched earth, this medium-bodied beauty has sweet tannin and undeniably delicious, elegant style. It should drink nicely for 15 years or more. This cuvee is 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc raised in 60% new barrels. 2018 - 2033
This has a well-built core of cassis, blueberry and plum sauce flavors, coated with a ganache edge and kept honest by a graphite accent through the finish. Dense but plush, showing admirable ripeness for the vintage. Best from 2020 through 2035. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 5,000 cases made.
The nose has a smoky charm fragrant woodland violets and the start of the palate has a mix of fresh black fruits. There is mid sweetness well handled tannins the sweet fruit giving way to freshness at the back the finish lighter but has good length. 2026-38
The Bartons rarely disappoint with their wines, both in terms of quality and price, and this is a a typically concentrated, well structured Langoa. Savoury, graphite-scencted and full of bright cassis and damson fruit, this has the structure to age.
The 2014 Langoa Barton was impressive in barrel and this bottle-showing completely vindicated that initial enthusiasm. It has an impressive bouquet with redcurrant, blackberry and cedar aromas, with a hint of violet as it opens in the glass. This is lovely. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent ripe black cherry and raspberry fruit on the entry. It comes across as a playful, joyous, exuberant Langoa Barton that is almost sensual on the long finish. What a great 2014 Saint Julien from team Barton! Form an orderly queue and load up on this gem. Drink date 2020 -2050
The Château Langoa Barton 2014 is a blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Franc cropped between 25 September and 8 October and raised in 60% new barrels. It has a backward nose that is tightly buttoned down: hints of blackberry, briary and cedar developing with time. The palate is harmonious with fine tannins, good density here for a Langoa Barton with new oak beautifully interwoven and filling out the finish. This is an impressive Langoa Barton, one of the most under-rated crus in Saint Julien. It's one that will surprise a few people once in bottle.
Drink: 2019 - 2035
A beautiful young wine with raspberries and plums. Full, round and juicy. So much berry character. Round tannins and bright acidity.
Very dark crimson. Medium-sweet attack on the nose. Luscious fruit and then some inkiness. Relatively juicy rather than tannic though there are lots of tannins too. Solid St-Julien and only very slightly green and astringent.