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Langoa Barton 2009

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Tasting Notes

Backward, tannic and beefy, this youthful but formidable 2009 Langoa Barton exhibits a dense ruby/purple color as well as lots of damp earth, underbrush and black currant aromas and flavors, medium to full body, lively acids and, not surprisingly, massive tannins (a characteristic of all the Barton wines). The overall impression is somewhat incongruous, having a certain precociousness in the aromatics, but then clamping down on the taster in the mouth. I recommend waiting 5-7 years before opening a bottle. It should drink well over the following 20-25 years.

Score: 90Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, March 2012

I found the 2009 Langoa Barton to be so painfully extracted, excruciatingly tannic, powerful, and backward that I wrote it "should be forgotten for 15 years, and may have some charm in 30-40." There is no doubting its level of concentration and massiveness, but, wow, proprietor Anthony Barton has sure pushed the extraction, producing a wine for our children's children. (Tasted once.)

Score: 90/92+Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (188), April 2010

Tasted at the château and the UGC. Cropped between 23rd September and 3rd October, a blend of 34% Merlot, 54% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Cabernet Franc, delivering 13.0% alcohol. A deep purple colour. The bouquet has a great purity and sense of nonchalance to it, light and airy, superb definition with black cherries, a touch of cassis and autumn leaves and then with aeration, hints of oyster shell and cockle shell. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, a gentle but insistent grip, pure black cherries, touches of cassis and boysenberry towards the focused finish. Good length and breeding. Everything in its right place. Tasted March 2010.

Score: 92/94Neal Martin,, April 2010

Opulent blackberry aromas. Lovely jam, but fresh. Full-bodied and rich. This wine sneaks up on you and follows on the end with lots of chewy tannins. Balanced and round.

Score: 90/93James Suckling,, March 2010

Mid crimson with quite a pale rim. Pretty light - early picked? There's a nice freshness and neatness to this but it's overall a bit dry and grainy. 'Classic style'... Rather dry on the end. Date tasted 1st April 2010. Drink 2018-2030.

Score: 16.5Jancis Robinson MW,, April 2010

Léoville Barton's 15 hectare sister Chateau is normally very fairly priced for the consistent quality. Grape varieties, viticulture and vinification are similar to those of Léoville. Quality is often very similar too. 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc, 34% Merlot, with elevage in 60% new oak. Lots of black fruit here. Tarry and dense. Classic firm structure, this is a big, bruiser of a Langoa that will need time to shed its cloak of tannin. Cedary, serious powerful stuff that is, as usual, not far in quality from the great Leoville Barton.

Score: 16.5Farr Vintners, April 2010

The nose is lovely and bright refreshed by red and black cherry. Sweeter fruit is there on the palate enriching the middle and giving lots flesh towards the back. The layers of flavour give complexity and although the tannins are firm there is nothing aggressive allowing the fruit to show to advantage on the finish. Drink 2020-2045.

Score: 92/95Derek Smedley MW, April 2010

Langoa is usually considered to be lighter than Léoville-Barton (also owned by the Bartons) and so it proved in 2009. But what the former lacks in weight and power it more than makes up for in brightness and freshness, showing red fruits, well handled oak and a hint of kirsch. 10+ years.

Score: 93Tim Atkin MW, April 2010

Black red, rich, intense black summer fruits, clear and precise with very good natural concentration and depth, expressively elegant, already showing great charm above the firmness. Drink 2015-28.

Score: 18Steven Spurrier,, April 2010

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