Langoa Barton 2015

SubregionSt Julien

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Tasting Notes

The 2015 Langoa Barton has a precise, understated but focused bouquet of pure blackberry and wild strawberry fruit laced with graphite and crushed stone. It becomes more floral with time, revealing incense and a touch of lavender. The medium-bodied palate offers supple tannin and beautiful, irresistible black fruit. This is silky-smooth and velvety in texture, with a sensual and very persistent finish. You could broach this now, although it deserves time in bottle. Yet another Saint-Julien that has improved over the last year. Tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting.

Score: 93Neal Martin,, July 2019

The 2015 Langoa Barton has an expressive bouquet with a touch of hoisin on the nose, something a little “Far East” to add a little intrigue. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, very lithe in the mouth with a sweet core of black fruit. There is an approachability to this Langoa that makes it very appealing although I would like more complexity to develop with bottle age. Anticipated maturity: 2022 - 2040

Score: 91Neal Martin, -, March 2018

The 2015 Langoa Barton is a blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc picked between 19 September and 5 October, matured in 60% new oak. It has a slightly smudged bouquet at first, a mixture of red and black fruit, a little sous-bois and tobacco developing in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with gently grippy tannin, veering more towards red fruit here, but laced with tobacco and cedar notes. The finish is austere and perhaps mean at the moment, so hopefully it will develop more flesh by the time of bottling. I must confess that I cannot remember tasting Langoa next to Léoville Barton at this stage and finding such a disparity between the two wines, attested by tasting the 2014s just afterwards and finding them closer together in terms of quality. Drink 2021 - 2035.

Score: 88/90Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (224), April 2016

Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Langoa Barton is scented of cedar and Marmite toast with black fruit and fertile earth notes. The medium-bodied palate is oaky with a good fruit core, fine-grained tannins and nice freshness on the finish. 2019 - 2033

Score: 90Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (Interim Fe), February 2018

Layered and juicy 2015 with currants, light chocolate and cedar character. It’s full-bodied, round-textured and very pretty. Extremely long and flavorful. So friendly and bright. Drink or hold.

Score: 94James Suckling,, February 2018

Very ripe and fruit with lots of mature berry and plum character. Full body, round tannins and a savory finish. Juicy.

Score: 92/93James Suckling,, March 2016

What a nice surprise the 2015 Langoa-Barton is. Racy, silky and forward, the 2015 will drink well with minimal cellaring. Succulent red cherry and pomegranate fruit are nicely lifted by floral and spice notes that add aromatic intensity and layers of flavor. Silky tannins add to the wine's considerable immediacy and sheer appeal. 2020 - 2035

Score: 93Antonio Galloni,, February 2018

The 2015 Langoa Barton is fleshy, open-knit and absolutely delicious. Sweet red cherry and pomegranate are pushed forward, while hints of violet, lavender and spice add freshness and lift to the succulent finish. The gracious, feminine side of Saint-Julien comes through in spades. This is very nicely done. Tasted two times.

Score: 90/93Antonio Galloni,, April 2016

Tasted blind. Glowing deep crimson. Very lifted nose. Just a hint of coconut-oil oak but everything else is very exciting. Round, with the (substantial, ripe) tannins well covered. Real energy here. Interesting vegy aftertaste.
Drink 2025-2045

Score: 17+Jancis Robinson MW,, February 2019

Almost timid on the nose, this wine is so polite. After you … Quite a bit of acidity compared with some. Very straight-backed rather than full of pleasure. Just depends on your preferred style - but this certainly builds towards an impressive finish.
Drink 2027-2042

Score: 17Jancis Robinson MW,, April 2016

A wine that overdelivers in the appellation is the 2015 Château Langoa Barton which is largely Cabernet Sauvignon yet includes 38% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc. Brought up in 60% new oak, it boasts a deep purple color and smokin’ good notes of caramelized cherries, crème de cassis, toasty oak, and graphite. Big, full-bodied, concentrated, and structured, with awesome purity of fruit as well as notable elegance, it needs 3-4 years of bottle age and will keep for two to three decades. Bravo! 2021 - 2051

Score: 94Jeb Dunnuck,, November 2017

Bramble freshness on the nose the start of the palate is light and bright. Richer black fruits in the middle cassis and black cherry more depth of flavour and although fresh at the back nervy with hints of spice it builds towards the finish with rich black cherry.

Score: 90/93Derek Smedley MW,, April 2016

Both the Barton wines are impressive in 2015, with this one just the lighter of the two. It’s
still got plenty of structure and oak, but the elegance of the patrician Cabernet is very pure
and transparent here. Drink: 2022-30

Score: 93Tim Atkin MW,, April 2016

A crisp, vital wine with punch and excitement, this is not a lusty, rich Langoa but a tense, nervy style with great line and length. The fruit is a shade lighter than in 2014 and yet it will be a longer-lived wine. Good effort.

Score: 17.5+Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2016

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