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Langoa Barton 2010

Subregion France > Bordeaux > Left Bank > St Julien
Grape VarietyCabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc

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Tasting Notes

The 2010 Langoa-Barton has a very serious complex and involving bouquet with blackberry, cedar, sage and light sous-bois aromas that are exquisitely defined. The oak here is seamlessly integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with supple rounded tannins that frame its payload of black fruit laced with white pepper and cedar. It fans out brilliantly towards the finish. It is so velvety in texture that you could almost broach this now, but its substance and weight suggests that it deserves another few years in the cellar. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners 10-Year On Bordeaux horizontal. Drink 2024-2050.

Neal Martin, vinous.com, April 2020

Another wine showing better from bottle than it did from barrel, the 2010 Langoa Barton has the typical structured, dense style, but just as I thought earlier on, it is a much softer and more developed wine than one ordinarily expects from proprietor Anthony Barton. It is full-bodied and impressively endowed with subtle oak, rich cassis fruit and notes of new saddle leather, forest floor, cedar wood and spice box. Full, authoritative and dense, this wine should be at its best between 2018 and 2035

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (205), March 2013

What a depth of fruit here, with dark chocolate and currants and blackberries. Full and velvety. Wonderful texture. Like it. Better than 2009

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2011

Deep garnet in color, the 2010 Langoa Barton springs from the glass with notes of kirsch, black cherry compote and blueberry pie with touches of dried mint, pencil lead, tar and new leather. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has a rock-solid frame of ripe, grainy tannins and loads of freshness supporting the dense, muscular black and blue fruits, finishing with a minty kick. Drink 2020-2037.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (March 2020), March 2020

Tasted 17 Feb: Blend just done. Very dark purple. Really rather exotic on the nose. Very lustrous and luscious. Extremely ripe and hedonistic - like 2009 but with more tannin.
Tasted blind 8 Apr: Mid crimson. Notably ripe with black fruits on the nose. Then sinew and a cool finish but much more luscious than some St-Juliens. Not tarted up. A very good ambassador for the vintage's characteristics. Dry finish. Very fine tannins. Succulent fruit on the nose. Lively and polished and with real vitality and pzazz. Good lift yet the solid framework of a fine St-Julien. Still very embryonic with lots of fine tannins.

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2011

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. This year it is strongly Cabernet with the half the Merlot content of 2009. 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 17% Merlot, with elevage in 60% new oak. There is great depth of classic cassis fruit with mint and cigar box notes. A powerful wine with firm tannins in balance with the black fruit and a nice touch of creamy vanilla from the new oak. Outstanding length and impeccable breeding. All in all a wonderfully pure claret that in 10 years time will be drinking superbly. Another great Bordeaux of classic proportions from Anthony Barton.

Farr Vintners, April 2011

The nose has a lot of rich fruit squashy bramble and blackcurrant. Under the richness there is the freshness of bilberry balancing the richness. Towards the back the tannins are in evidence firm not aggressive and do not stop fruit expression.

Derek Smedley MW, April 2011
Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2011

Very good extraction of supple, succulent ripe fruit, a beautifully lifted and long palate, the length and harmony of a great Langoa. Drink 2018-35.

Steven Spurrier, Decanter.com, April 2011
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Tasted at the Union de Grand Cru in London. Although Anthony Barton's wine may become overshadowed by his brilliant Léoville, do not ignore that gem. The Langoa Barton has a supremely well-defined bouquet: classy, refined and perfectly pitched. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins and wonderful focus. Silky smooth in texture, harmonious with a pure and shimmering finish, this constitutes one of the finest Langoa-Barton wines in recent years. Tasted November 2012.

Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, February 2013

Tasted blind at the Southwold Bordeaux 2010 tasting. The Langoa-Barton 2010 has a more feminine and floral bouquet: well defined with perfumed dark cherry, blackcurrant pastille and dry tobacco notes. It opens extremely well in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with an elegant opening, well-judged acidity and fine tannins. This is a classy number, very harmonious with a hint of black pepper on the engaging finish. You cannot really go wrong with this Saint Julien. Tasted January 2014.

Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, January 2014

Softer than I expected given the highly extracted, exceptionally tannic wines routinely produced by proprietor Anthony Barton, the oaky, powerfully concentrated, dense 2010 Langoa Barton possesses silky, well-integrated tannins. Nevertheless, the level of wood and the primary nature of the black currant and black cherry fruit suggest 7-8 years of cellaring will be essential. This is a 30-year wine

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (194), May 2011

Tasted at the chateau and twice at the UGC, the Langoa Barton has a very ripe, well-defined bouquet with dark berried fruits and just a hint of oyster shell. The palate is silky smooth, cashmere tannins, very pure with dark cherries a touch of cassis, very refined and composed, slips down the throat beautifully. So pure and beguiling, there is a crystalline quality to this Langoa that is utterly compelling. Drink 2018- Tasted April 2011.

Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2011
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