Tasted twice with positive notes on both occasions. This is as serious a Langoa as we can remember tasting from barrel. Somewhat closed on the nose; just some hints of damson fruits, wild berries, and cut flowers. The palate is sumptuous and creamy; there is ample sweet berry fruit - very polished and quite playful with beautifully fine grained tannins. 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc.
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.
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.