(2001 Vintage) St Julien is renowned for producing wines which combine the finesse and
aromatic appeal of Margaux with the more muscular power and depth of Pauillac,
and this wine is a classic example of its origin. Try it with fillet steak.
Langoa-Barton is a firm favourite among UK consumers, owing to the very realistic pricing of its owner Anthony Barton and because the quality is always so high. A full-bodied wine, this is classic St-Julién - rich, complex and densely-fruity, with a complex finish. Although beginning to open now, this could equally be cellared for many years. Drink 2006-2020 Tobacco, spice box, cedar, and black currants offer a perfumed, complex introduction to this structured, beefy, muscular St.-Julien. As usual, a battle between the fruit and structure is being waged in this 2001, which appears to be a bit broader and more charming than most young Langoa Bartons. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2016. Score: 88 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (153), June 2004 A dense, burly, tannic offering, with a ruby/purple color, and plenty of composty, earthy, black currants, cedar, and licorice notes, this wine will require significant patience given the exaggerated tannins it seems to possess. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2022. Score: 87-88 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (146), April 2003 Tasted at the Langoa-Barton vertical in London. A deep garnet colour. The nose is very expressive, but less opulent that a couple of years ago, with an herbaceous element that is endearing. With time in the glass, aromas of smoke, bacon fat, iodine, a hit of soy lacing introspective dark fruits. The palate is medium-bodied with very good acidity, lovely balance and freshness, silky tannins, very harmonious with a smooth glide of a finish. Black cherries, a touch of plum, just a hint of volatility giving it lift. Lovely if just a little foursquare. Drink 2010-2020. Tasted April 2009. Score: 91 Neal Martin, eRobertParker.com, October 2009 Terrific aromas to this wine, with violets, spices, cinnamon and berries. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a lovely ripe fruit and vanilla aftertaste. Very integrated and refined. Shows class. Langoa is very underrated. Another winner from the Barton family. Best after 2008. Score: 92 James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, October 2004 Very bright and very slightly raw. Cassis. Very unformed. Dry finish. Slightly grating. Date tasted 23rd Jan 08. Score: 16.5 Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, January 2008 Léoville Barton’s sister Chateau remains very fairly priced for the consistent quality. Creamy new oak on the nose. This has a very silky, smooth mouth-feel that is soft and supple. Warm and attractive it is less “serious” than Léoville but very good. Score: 15.5 Farr Vintners, April 2002
Decanter(2002 Vintage) Rating: 4/5 - As reviewed by Decanter. Nose dominated by sweet toasty oak, but has elegance. Rich, pure, stylish, very concentrated Cabernet, tight, toasty finish and exceptional length. Drink 2009-25. (18 points)