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2022 Château Langoa Barton En Primeur

Released this morning, 2022 Langoa Barton is the first vintage to be made in the estate's new winery and has added levels of purity and precision.  Langoa has for several years been narrowing the gap with its sibling estate, this year scoring 96-97 points from Suckling.  At £214 per six bottles (similar to current market price for the 2014!) we agree with William Kelley that this is "sure to be one of the more intelligent purchases of the en primeur campaign".

With volumes down by 30% due to the low rainfall and small, concentrated berries in 2022, there is precious little Langoa to go around, so stock is very limited.  Please contact us as soon as possible to avoid disappointment!

Offered en primeur, landing spring 2025.

Magnums available with £15 ex-VAT bottling surcharge, please enquire re other formats.

Château Langoa-Barton, St-Julien Grand Cru Classé

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Château Langoa-Barton, St-Julien Grand Cru Classé

Château Langoa-Barton is a Troisièmes Grand Cru Classé in St-Julien.

Irish Bordeaux merchant Hugh Barton (a friend of fellow Irish merchant Bernard Phelan of Phélan Ségur) first settled in Bordeaux in 1722.  Pierre-Bernard de Pontet sold the ''Langoa'' estate (then named Pontet-Langlois) to the Bartons in 1821 and they renamed ' it Château Langoa Barton'. 

The Château was built in 1758 by a Monsieur de Pontet.  The vaulted cellars beneath the living areas of the château are a distinctive feature of visiting here.  The vineyards which became Léoville Barton were purchased in 1826, formerly part of the larger Léoville estate.  With no château of its own, Léoville Barton is made at Langoa and the property featured on the label is actually Langoa Barton.

The Barton's spent the majority of their time in Ireland until Ronald Barton took over.  He became the first Barton to be based at the estate.  His nephew Anthony Barton, who took over in 1983, did much to define the austere, classical style here, favouring traditional vinification and as little intervention as possible, to allow the wine to express its terroir.  The estate is now run by Anthony's daughter, Lilian Sartorius-Barton.

Langoa is in a slightly cooler microclimate to Léoville.  The 20 hectares are planted on gravelly with clay subsoil, to a mix of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc.  The vines are on average 37 years old.  Around 7,500 cases are produced each year.  


RED 2022 Château Langoa Barton 75cl £214 per case of 6 Château Langoa Barton
2022 / / 75cl
£214 per case of 6
Tasting NotesSOLD OUT------"The 2022 Langoa Barton is vibrant and focused as the best wines are in this vintage. Crushed raspberry, bloed orange, mint, spice and rose petal are all beautifully delineated. There's a purity to the 2022 that is impossible to miss. I admire its precision and lovely minerality. Langoa could turn out to be one of the Sleepers of 2022 especially among the more affordable wines of the Left Bank. 91-93 points" Antonio Galloni,"The 2022 Langoa-Barton was cropped at 30hL/ha from September 8-23 then matured in 60% new oak. The nose needs a few minutes to cohere, raspberry and dark cherry fruit, bunches of violet, almost Margaux-like in personality. The palate is where the action is at the moment with finely chiseled tannins, a saline undertow, almost briny with a fresh and quite compelling, classically-styled finish. Fine length, this is a Langoa that just like the ABBA song, will go on and on and on. 92-94 points" Neal Martin,"The first vintage produced in the estate's new winery, which more than doubled the number of vats, permitting sub-plot by sub-plot vinification, the brilliant 2022 Langoa Barton offers up aromas of dark berries, cassis, violets and cigar wrapper, followed by a medium to full-bodied, deep and fleshy palate endowed with terrific depth and tension. Polished and penetrating, it should match or even surpass the 2019 and 2016 vintages, and it is sure to be one of the more intelligent purchases of the en primeur campaign. 93-95 points" William Kelley,"The Grand Vin 2022 Château Langoa Barton checks in as 56.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc that was raised in 60% new barrels. Medium-bodied and vibrant, with a fresher, elegant, yet still textured profile, it has pure black and blue fruits, some lead pencil, tobacco, and earthy nuances, fine tannins, and a great finish. This 2022 is all about finesse and elegance. Tasted twice with consistent notes. 93-95 points""Deep fruit, dark spices and graphite with wide yet polished, linear tannins. Full-bodied and intense with depth and structure. Long and chalky at the end. Big wine. 96-97 points"

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