Château Langoa Barton, 3ème Cru Classé, St Julien, 2017

  Château Langoa Barton

Langoa Barton has been closing the gap on Leoville over the last decade, but there appears to be a chasm again in 2017. Is this because Langoa Barton is less successful or is it just because the Leoville Barton is so spectacular? Anyway, we've established that there's a bit of a gulf. It feels like an early drinking, reasonably straightforward Langoa with notes of sweet cherry, damson and some earthy cassis. There is some good purity with nice cherry liqueur fruit on the palate, but it seems a touch dilute. It does seem to grow in the glass, so maybe this deserves the benefit of the doubt.

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: Cab. Sauvignon | Merlot | Cab. Franc

The hallowed Bordeaux trinity of grape varieties that form the stock left bank blend. Cabernet's Sauvignon's acidic, tannic complex qualities marry ideally with Merlot's sweet, softy flesh characteristics, and Cabernet Franc's finesse and freshness. This classic combination has worked so successfully in Bordeaux that it is now mirrored the world over, particularly in warm sunny climates such as the Languedoc, Tuscany, South Africa, Australia and Napa Valley.