Langoa Barton 2016

St Julien, Third Growth

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Tasting Notes

The 2016 Langoa-Barton has a very pure bouquet of black cherry and blackberry fruit and briary notes, but I would have liked more intensity. The palate is medium-bodied, rounded and forward, with supple tannin and a lilting, cedar-tinged finish. A delicious and perhaps more approachable Saint-Julien, although I have a feeling that it might close down, so keep a cool cellar handy.

Score: 92

Neal Martin, Vinous.com Maturity: 2021-2040 01 January 2019

The 2016 Langoa Barton is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc picked between 29 September and 13 October. It is being matured in 60% new oak barrels. It has a very succinct bouquet, with a mixture of black and red fruit, a slight sea spray/estuarine tincture, hints of leather and brown spice in the background. The palate is very harmonious on the entry with a grainy texture. There is good backbone here, maybe just a little foursquare compared to other Saint Julien wines, but it gathers pace towards the finish that displays touches of spice and cedar. Understated and classic Langoa.

Score: 91 - 93

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2022-2045 28 April 2017

The 2016 Langoa Barton is succulent, racy and inviting, with striking textural richness and depth. Ripe dark plum, tobacco, cedar, licorice and spice are all generous in this racy, pliant Saint-Julien. The 2016 is an especially fine edition of Langoa-Barton and one of the sleepers of the vintage.

Score: 93

Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com Maturity: 2022-2036 01 January 2019

The 2016 Langoa Barton is medium to deep garnet-purple colored and opens with cedar, red and black currants, kirsch and menthol with smoked meats. The palate is medium to full-bodied, firm, grainy and packed with youthful, energetic fruit, finishing long and perfumed.

Score: 93

Lisa Perotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2020-2035 30 November 2018

This is a controlled, confident and elegant demonstration of the appellation in this vintage. Coffee grounds on the nose and through the mid palate with tight, cassis-drenched fruits, cedar and menthol, ticking those St-Julien boxes.

Score: 94

Decanter Maturity: 2027-2050 20 April 2017

55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, ageing in 60% new oak. Deep ruby purple colour with complex nose showing firm and rich purple fruit, iron ore and pencil shavings. In the mouth this is broad and meaty with a beautiful texture. Built for the long term and all in balance. A great Langoa that is nearly as good as Leoville.

Score: 93 - 95

Albany Vintners 19 April 2017

Exceptionally dark purple. Very meaty, concentrated nose with real lift. Lots of graphite and grit. No spare flesh but truly terroir wine. Sinewy. Bone-dry finish. Very much in its own style. But long and precise.

Score: 17 - 18

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2027-2045 18 April 2017

The fresh blueberry, cherry and black currant flavors give this a wide range, while racy graphite and a mouthwatering anise streak drive the finish. The fruit is so enticing that you lose track of how solidly built this is through the finish.

Score: 93 - 96

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator 06 April 2017

This is really structured with great depth and power. Full body, chewy tannins, lots of fruit and a tangy, fresh finish. Solid.

Score: 94 - 95

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com 24 March 2017