Château Langoa Barton, 3ème Cru Classé, St Julien, 2018

  Château Langoa Barton

We thought Langoa Barton had been closing the gap on Leoville over the last decade, but there appears to be a chasm again in 2018. This is partly because Leoville is so good. Having said that, we were actually really impressed by Langoa this year. A blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc aged in 60% new barrels, there is an abundance of clear raspberry, spice and suave red berry fruit on the nose. Beautiful clear, refined fruit continues on the palate: pure loganberry, creme de mûre; it's not voluptuous, but it is intense and packed with flavour. The tannins are grippy if a touch rustic, but they are well measured and frame the fruit nicely, adding seductive lingering nuances and impressive length.

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.