2004 Langoa-Barton, St-Julien
Very pretty and perfumed, with plum, vanilla and chocolate aromas. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a long, caressing finish. Best after 2011.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Another sleeper of the vintage from this somewhat under the radar step-child of Anthony Barton’s more famous Leoville Barton, the 2004 Langoa Barton exhibits deep, concentrated, chunky, black currant and cherry fruit intermixed with notions of forest floor and aged beef blood. This impressive, full-bodied, powerful, ageworthy St.-Julien is atypically backward and brooding. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2025+.
What a big-hearted wine this is. It is generous, smooth and ripe, with lovely fruit. There is more than this immediate pleasure, though, because its dense tannins promise a good evolution. Langoa-Barton is the second estate owned by Anthony Barton of Léoville-Barton, and it offers some of the pleasures of Léoville at a lower price.
Some energy and race. Dry finish. Quite tough. But clean and quite concentrated.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Aromas of redcurrant, mocha, leather and game. A juicy, nicely balanced midweight, with complex flavors of red cherry, currant, minerals, leather and flowers. Finishes with firm but fairly light tannins and good length. This will offer early appeal.
Spicy cranberry and black cherry aromas and flavor with cola undertones. Very good effort and should be priced correctly. Tasted best at the property.