Langoa Barton 2017

RegionBordeaux
SubregionSt Julien
ColourRed
TypeStill

Léoville Barton's smaller (18 hectares) sister Chateau. Grape varieties, viticulture and vinification are similar to those of Léoville. Quality is often very similar too. Classic claret is produced here with real Cabernet Sauvignon "grip" and class. There are currently 17 hectares in production, with an average vine age of 35 years.


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Tasting Notes

The 2017 Langoa Barton was picked from 15 to 18 September with respect to the Merlot and from 22 to 29 September for the Cabernets, matured in 60% new oak. It has a ripe, brine-tinged bouquet, not complex compared to previous vintages, but pure and developing light smoke and truffle scents with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with quite sharp tannin to create a tensile Langoa-Barton, saline with moderate depth, just a touch of pencil lead that surfaces towards the finish. It is exactly what I expected, which is a good thing given the track record of this Saint-Julien. Drink 2021-2040.

Score: 90/92Neal Martin, vinous.com, May 2018

This is very solid and tannic with a beautiful core of blueberries, blackcurrants and other blue fruits. Crushed stones, to boot. Full body and a flavorful finish. Serious for the vintage.

Score: 93/94James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2018

The 2017 Langoa Barton is absolutely gorgeous. A wine of unusual depth and richness for the year, Langoa Barton is creamy, pliant and incredibly inviting. Super-ripe red and blue fruits, new leather, and dried flowers fill out the wine's frame effortlessly. The blend is 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc. In 2017, Langoa Barton is a lovely under the radar gem. Don't miss it. Tasted two times.

Score: 90/93Antonio Galloni, vinous.com (236), May 2018

Healthy cherry red. Inviting and elegant dark-fruit aroma with just a light char. Here, after several left-bank wines that lacked enough fruit depth in the middle, is one that has weight and depth on the mid palate that gives a rounded, fresh and complete wine. Succulent, juicy and well-structured for the longer term but still elegant. Drink 2027-2040.

Score: 17Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2018

There was no frost at Langoa or Leoville for the Barton family but their vines at Mauvesin in Moulis were badly hit. Langoa was picked from 15th to 29th September and the blend is 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc. Maturation in 60% new oak. Continuing the run of form for Langoa, this deeply coloured wine has great depth and purity of cassis, supported by toasty oak on the nose. The palate follows, with deep, ripe black fruits and fine grained tannins that are plentiful yet already well-integrated, giving a seamless balance and a generous weight despite the level of structure. The finish is long, juicy and refined.

Score: 16Farr Vintners, April 2018

Ripe black cherry the nose is sweet depth of flavour the palate starts with a rich mix of cassis and black cherry. There is balance with freshness under the generosity the finish has rich mix of ripe fruit. 2026-39

Score: 88/92Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2018

There is no doubt that this offers a good expression of the appellation in the medium to long term, but there's a slightly wider gap between Léoville and Langoa this year - the first time I've felt that in several years, and perhaps a reflection of the slightly cooler terroir here. It's impressively structured and well held together, with black fruits which aren't as concentrated as the estate has displayed in the previous two vintages, but it displays an innate St-Julien elegance.
Drinking Window 2025 - 2038

Score: 92Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2018

A lovely Langoa with a come hither nose and a succulent palate, this is a juicy, medium-weight, civilised wine with some cranberry and cherry notes and a smooth, cultured, seemingly forward finish. This is a typical Langoa, which shows the generosity of this property and its philosophy and I think it will drink very well young but baffle people with its ability to hold.

Score: 17.5Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2018

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