Langoa Barton 2011

SubregionSt Julien

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Tasting Notes

From Anthony Barton's lesser known estate, the 2011 Langoa Barton offers up lots of dusty, earthy, black cherry notes, moderate tannin, and a serious, masculine style. Nicely concentrated and pure, it behaves more like a Pauillac than a classic St.-Julien. Give this medium-bodied wine 2-4 years of bottle age and drink it over the following 10-15 years.

Score: 87+Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (212), April 2014

It is difficult to find any sweet fruit in this firmly structured, backward, austere, astringently tannic, dry 2011. The color is a healthy dense ruby/purple and the wine is earthy, but charmless at present. This will be more interesting to taste once it has been bottled.

Score: 86/88+Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (200), April 2012

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.

Score: 91/93Neal Martin, (`), April 2012

A fresh, bright wine with citrus, raspberry and currants. Medium to full body with firm tannins and a crisp finish. Juicy fruit. Better in 2016.

Score: 92James Suckling,, February 2014

This is dense with a lovely blueberry and mineral character. Full body, with silky tannins and a long finish. It is dense and very pretty. Well done.

Score: 92/93James Suckling,, April 2012

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. A lovely, expressive red fruit nose with spice and vanilla. Bright strawberry and summer pudding fruit on the palate, this is pretty, elegant and fresh. However there is good plumpness and structure with ripe tannins. A delicious and lovely Langoa Barton.

Score: 15.5+Farr Vintners, March 2012

The fruit feels ripe sweet cassis and bramble. The palate has an underlying freshness that lightens the mid palate and brings out the mint on the back palate. There is an attractive supple fleshiness the sweet fruit supported by firm but ripe tannins.

Score: 88/91Derek Smedley MW, April 2012

Set to be one of the bargains of the vintage - Anthony Barton's prices are always reasonable - this is better balanced and far less chunky than the 2010. There's some grip here all right, but it's surrounded by flavours of cassis and sweet plums, deftly handled oak and refreshing acidity. 8+ years.

Score: 93Tim Atkin MW,, April 2012

Very good depth of Cabernet fruit and velvety smooth texture plus charm, depth and class. Drink 2015-2028

Score: 17Steven Spurrier,, April 2012

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