Chateau Langoa Barton (Futures Pre-Sale) 2017
Blend: 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc
Critical AcclaimAll Vintages
This wine, from the stablemate of LéovilleBarton, offers great fruit: blackberry flavors and structured black currants. With its tannins, spice and good acidity, the wine has a good future. Drink from 2023.
Lots of crushed blackcurrants and chocolate on the nose, following through to a medium to full body with soft, friendly tannins that are caressing and beautiful. Drinkable now, but better after 2022.
The 2017 Langoa Barton is medium to deep garnet-purple colored and features wonderfully pure scents of crushed blackcurrants, wild blueberries and black raspberries plus wafts of underbrush, dark chocolate and violets. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is laden with seductive black and blue fruits, framed by grainy tannins and just enough freshness, finishing long and perfumed.
Ripe, bright and fresh, featuring a terrific beam of cassis and plum fruit running through, flanked by anise and red tea notes and scored by a singed applewood accent on the finish. Needs a little time to unwind fully. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2022 through 2032.
Barrel Sample: 90-92
Langoa shows the same delicacy and finesse as many St-Juliens in the 2017 vintage, but without the downside of slightly under ripe fruit. There are still earthy notes, and this is a not a gourmet take on the vintage (unlike its sibling Léoville Barton, which manages to deliver real flesh), but it has poise, concentration and excellent black fruit character. Should open up in another six to eight years, and deliver for a couple of decades from that point.
It was perhaps the architecture and the beautiful facade that attracted him. Since the property has remained in the family and today the shares are divided between Anthony Barton, his daughter Lilian Barton Sartorius and her two children Melanie and Damien, thus reaching out to the 8th generation.
The vineyards are situated at the southern end of the appelation Saint Julien and the style of the wine is best described as typical Saint Julien. This means a wine of great elegance and finesse with subtle flavors.