The 2019 is a blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc, with ageing to take place in 60% new French oak as normal. A deep, rich ruby colour in the glass, matched by an evocatively rich nose of brambly fruit and subtle spices from the oak. The palate has superb density and richness, with chalky, mouthcoating tannins and intense, layered black fruits. There are accents of dried flowers and red fruits, lifting the palate and adding a little more approachability than the Léoville Barton, but this is still deep, powerful and ageworthy. The finish is long, harmonious and precise, and continues the excellent form of Langoa Barton in recent years.
|Score: 17.5+||Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, May 2020|
The 2019 Langoa Barton has a very typical Langoa nose, which is a good thing, sporting vivacious black cherries, blackberry, crushed iris, cedar and light blood orange scents lurking offstage. Lovely oak integration here. The palate is beautifully defined on the entry, a structured almost big-boned Langoa with enormous grip on the spicy finish. I love the generosity of this Saint-Julien, one that I suspect will be seductive on release but don't be deceived - it deserves cellaring lest you get a smacked wrist for being impatient. 2026 - 2055.
|Score: 93/95||Neal Martin, vinous.com, June 2020|
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2019 Langoa Barton is a very pleasant surprise, singing of Black Forest cake, raspberry preserves and warm blackcurrants notions with suggestions of chocolate mint, forest floor and pencil shavings plus a hint of cinnamon toast. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has jaw-dropping tension and intensity, featuring ripe, grainy tannins and bags of evocative red and black fruits, finishing with a lively lift. The style of this 2019 is worlds away from the also very impressive 2018, showcasing an even brighter, immediately impactful and downright flamboyant side to the estate. Color me impressed! 2024 - 2050
|Score: 93/95||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (July Week ), July 2020|
Very finely textured with pure blue fruit and lavender and violet undertones. It’s full-bodied with pure, focused fruit. Extremely long and refined. Clearly better than the 2018.
|Score: 95/96||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, June 2020|
The 2019 Langoa Barton is fleshy, succulent and a great example of the year. Soft contours and pliant fruit give the 2019 tons of immediacy. Red plum, pomegranate, sweet spice, mint and blood orange all meld together in a rich, seamless Saint-Julien that will drink well right out of the gate. Langoa-Barton has really come on strong in the last few vintages; the 2019 is another terrific edition.
|Score: 91/93||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, June 2020|
Silky blackberry and bilberry fruits, this is a brilliant Langoa, with concentration and lift that pull you both forwards and upwards through the palate. For me this is more successful than the 2018 because it delivers an absolute punch of fruits but gently so, with elegance and control that is very St Julien. Grilled cedar finish, great stuff. Drinking Window 2027 - 2042
|Score: 94||Jane Anson, Decanter.com, June 2020|
67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc. Barrel sample.
Attractive nose of dark fruit with a savoury edge. Palate joyous and juicy with plenty of lift, the tannins ripe and smooth. Clean, long and harmonious. Everything in its place. (JL)
Drink 2026 – 2038
|Score: 17||James Lawther MW, JancisRobinson.com, June 2020|