Produced from 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Franc, the 2014 Langoa Barton is energetic, with some nice, refined cool berry fruit. There is a hint of bitterness and again, there is a question mark about the tannins. There are some persistent fruit flavours, which is a positive sign, but is there enough substance to outlast the tannins? Harvested between the 25th of September and the 8th of October. Aged in 60% new oak barrels. 13.5% alcohol. * It is worth noting that we tasted at the St Julien UGC at the end of a very long day. We felt that the samples were not necessarily representative. Our notes are an honest account of what we tasted, however, we are sure that the wines are much better than our notes suggest.
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.