Château Langoa Barton, 3ème Cru Classé, St Julien, 2012

  Château Langoa Barton

Gone are the days when Langoa had to play a very distant second fiddle to Leoville. Recent Southwold tastings have proved this is very much a match for its second growth partner. Harvested between the 3rd and 15th of October, the 2012 Langoa Barton will be shaped from 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc from yields of 32hl/ha. This has a heady bouquet of griotte liqueur; high-toned, floral and peachy, this is a very tight knit example with a good core of fruit and persistent flavours. Lovely balance and purity.

Contains Sulphites.

About Château Langoa Barton

This 3rd growth St Julien estate has been owned by the Barton family for approaching two centuries. It was purchased by Hugh Barton in 1821 and is now managed by Anthony and his daughter, Lilian. Stylistically it is rather less impressive than Leoville Barton, but in recent years it has possessed a bit more punch and longevity. It is a popular Claret in the UK and has a reputation for being well priced.

Appellation: St Julien

St-Julien may not have any first growths like its neighbour Pauillac but has a raft of high-performing Châteaux in its ranks, second through to fourth growths, Including Ducru-Beaucaillou, Léoville Las Cases, Léoville-Poyferré, Léoville-Barton. Gruaud-Larose and Talbot. For many St-Julien is quintessential claret, robust, powerful but refined subtle and poised. Gravelly soils dominate, hence wide plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon with some Merlot.

Grape Blend: Merlot | Cab. Sauvignon | Cab. Franc

Three of the classic Bordeaux varieties. A relatively rare blend for the right bank, where Cabernet Sauvignon plays a greater role than Cabernet Franc (Figeac being one of the few examples), while on the left bank this is most likely to crop up in the communes with cooler, damper soils such as St Estèphe.