Langoa Barton 2003

RegionBordeaux
SubregionSt Julien
ColourRed
TypeStill

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Tasting Notes

A classic St.-Julien, the 2003 Langoa Barton offers notes of cedarwood, fruitcake, spice box and black currants as well as some light tannins still in evidence. This dark plum/ruby/garnet-colored, medium to full-bodied wine possesses sweet fruit, but no over-ripeness or roasted characteristics. Coming into full maturity, it should continue to drink well for another decade. Drink 2014-2024

Score: 91Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (214), August 2014

This is often looked at as the second wine of Leoville Barton, but it is actually a separate estate, producing wines that are slightly softer than the more formidably endowed and broodingly backward Leoville Bartons. The outstanding 2003, a softer version of the Leoville Barton, exhibits a deep ruby/purple color, sweet black cherries intermixed with subtle herbal notes, roasted meats, juices, and black currants. In the mouth, it is expansive, savory, round, and seemingly on a much faster evolutionary track than Leoville Barton. Give it 2-3 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 15-18 years.

Score: 90Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (164), April 2006

Dense purple-colored, muscular, and virile, the 2003 exhibits high levels of tannin, a powerful, leathery, gritty texture, enormous concentration, medium to full body, low acidity, wonderful sweetness and richness, but sizeable tannin. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2023. I seem to consistently underrate this wine when it is young.

Score: 90/92Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (158), April 2005

Always somewhat monolithic at this stage, this back strapping, saturated ruby/purple-colored 2003 does not reveal much style or personality at present, but it is muscular, rich, and concentrated with power to spare. Give it 5-6 years of cellaring; it will last for two decades.

Score: 88/90Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (152), April 2004

This is 2000 all over again but riper. Langoa is always good value.

Score: 92/94James Suckling, Wine Spectator (April 04), April 2004

Dark glowing crimson. Brawny and positive. Quite confident in savoury classical mould. Layers here at last! There is a future. And a kick of acidity on the end. (Average group score: 16.1)

Score: 16.5Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, October 2010

Lively crimson. Slightly burnt/stewed nose. Sweet palate entry and rather solid tannins. Distinctly stodgy. Even a hit of something green. Seems as though the phenolics didn’t ripen fully. Perhaps, alas, a typical 03..?

Score: 16Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2008

Thick, dense, intense note of cream-filled dark chocolate! Opulent, quite exotic. Crowd pleaser.

Score: 17Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com (April 04), April 2004

Score: 16Farr Vintners, Southwold Bordeaux Tasting, January 2007

Score: 15+Michael Schuster, The World of Fine Wine (1), April 2004

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