2001 Langoa-Barton, St-Julien
Although it is relatively soft, this wine still has everything about it. There is ripeness, but it is balanced with fresh acidity still with an aura of youth. In the core, there are solid blackcurrants, structure. It will certainly age, but drink over 10 years.
Terrific aromas to this wine, with violets, spices, cinnamon and berries. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a lovely ripe fruit and vanilla aftertaste. Very integrated and refined. Shows class. Langoa is very underrated. Another winner from the Barton family.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Tobacco, spice box, cedar, and black currants offer a perfumed, complex introduction to this structured, beefy, muscular St-Julien...appears to be a bit broader and more charming than most young Langoa Bartons. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2016.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Red-ruby. Aromas of plum, black raspberry, black cherry, smoke and leather. Lush but slightly tart, with plum and black raspberry flavors along with a light leathery note. Offers good texture but only modest sweetness.
Upon its release, we judged this a super buy, for drinking in eight years or so. Right there with their 2000, the 2001 is sweet and lush. Purity of fruit shines through. Another outstanding value from Anthony Barton (of Leoville Barton).