2020 Château Langoa Barton En Primeur
Released this morning, alongside its sibling Léoville Barton...
Moderate intensity, complexity, layered aromas, dark & red fruits, old furniture, inside of a tea caddy, peony; plenty of tannin but very smooth (not polished), excellent acidity, mid-weight (a notch above 2014) and very approachable, balanced. 2020 is showing like 2016+2014++. 16.5++ like.
"Cask sample taken 6 April. 53.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 8.5% Cabernet Franc. Healthy deep purplish crimson. High-toned, fully ripe nose that is rather seductive before a glossy, polished-tannin dry finish. Promises well for the future while being relatively charming even now. Not the most concentrated 2020 but everything is in balance. Well done. Sappy, dry finish. Very St-Julien. Some restraint despite the initial seduction. 13.5%. Drink 2028 – 2046. 17 points.” (JH), Jancisrobinson.com, Apr 2021
"Not quite as generous as Léoville Barton, replaced with classicism and subdued tannins, as we see the impact of a slightly cooler terroir. Juicy finish, black fruits, plenty of life and lift through the palate. Enjoyable, but closed in with clove spice that is very clear on the finish. Tasted twice. A yield of 34hl/ha. Harvest September 14 to 28. Drinking Window 2027 - 2042. 92 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine