2019 Château Langoa-Barton: £353 IB per dozenFriday, July 17
Langoa-Barton continues to go from strength to strength, with the price down and the quality up. At just £353 per dozen bottles compared to £435 last year, the price has a delightfully retro feel to it.
As with the Léoville-Barton, we were impressed by the refined tannins, which are extremely well-integrated. This pair of wines more than any other has helped us to grasp how elegance is a key aspect to the 2019 vintage. Unlike Léoville, Langoa could well drink much earlier, in five or six years. With scores just a point or so behind its big sibling, it looks like supply will be limited, so please hurry if you would like to add it to your cellar.
Damian Sartorius-Barton presents the 2019 vintage:
2019 Château Langoa-Barton, St-Julien Grand Cru Classé
“The 2019 Langoa Barton has a very typical Langoa nose, which is a good thing, sporting vivacious black cherries, blackberry, crushed iris, cedar and light blood orange scents lurking offstage. Lovely oak integration here. The palate is beautifully defined on the entry, a structured almost big-boned Langoa with enormous grip on the spicy finish. I love the generosity of this Saint-Julien, one that I suspect will be seductive on release but don't be deceived - it deserves cellaring lest you get a smacked wrist for being impatient. 93-95 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com
"Checking in as 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, and the balance Cabernet Franc, the 2019 Château Langoa Barton offers up a dense purple color as well as notes of blackberries, smoked earth, chocolate, and leafy herbs. This rich, medium to full-bodied effort has an expansive, mouthfilling texture, beautiful mid-palate density, and outstanding length. It's going to have some upfront appeal, but my money is on it benefiting from a solid 5-7 years of bottle age. 93-95 points." Jeb Dunnuck, Jun 2020
“Silky blackberry and bilberry fruits, this is a brilliant Langoa, with concentration and lift that pull you both forwards and upwards through the palate. For me this is more successful than the 2018 because it delivers an absolute punch of fruits but gently so, with elegance and control that is very St Julien. Grilled cedar finish, great stuff. Drinking Window 2027 – 2042. 94 points." Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine
“Very finely textured with pure blue fruit and lavender and violet undertones. It’s full-bodied with pure, focused fruit. Extremely long and refined. Clearly better than the 2018. 95-96 points" jamessuckling.com
£353 IB per dozen bottles
Offered en primeur, ex-chateau, due to land in the UK in Spring 2022. Priced in bond, excluding UK duty, VAT and onward delivery, payable at the prevailing rate on release from bond. Stock subject to availability, E&OE.