2011 Langoa Barton is one of many 2011s that we have tasted in recent months and one of a few that has changed our perspective on the vintage. We have purchased a good-sized parcel out of Bordeaux at a very favourable price: at £390 per dozen in bond it is just £50 per case more than it was on release in 2012.
Léoville-Barton’s smaller sister château has been producing increasingly excellent wines in recent vintages; in the blind tastings (the Southwold Tasting and the 10 Year On Tasting) that we hold here at Battersea Reach it always performs and, in its youth, frequently comes out ahead of Léoville itself. It is the epitome of cool and correct claret.
The 2011 is a paradigm example of all that is good about the vintage: the wine has shed its tannin, and has a core of typical cassis fruit wrapped with a savoury and spicy structure. It has fully entered its drinking window though will keep and improve for the next decade and more.
This is distinctly “proper” claret; one that will appeal to those with traditional tastes. It will be perfect with a Sunday Roast; we would recommend decanting this for 30 minutes or so to get the best out of it.
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Deep ruby in the glass. Powerful and aromatic on the nose, with smoky, dense black fruit and incense. The palate is rich with cassis but has drive and vibrancy from fresh acidity and chalky tannins. This wine has knit together fabulously, and is starting to drink well now. The black fruit and layered spices are still the focus, but subtle savoury and earthy notes from bottle age are starting to show through. Long and driven to the finish, this wine is ready to drink now but will only improve over the next decade, and will doubtless drink well beyond that.
93+ points, Farr Vintners
The Langoa Barton is a blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc cropped at 36hl/ha cropped between 12th and 23rd September. It has a very pure lifted bouquet with fine delineation. It is very feminine with hints of blueberry and cassis just in the background, but there is nice minerality coming through. The palate is rounded on the entry with crisp acidity, hints of pain grille inflecting the black fruit with a seam of graphite on the finish. Tasted April 2012.
91/93 points, Neal Martin