1997 Langoa-Barton, St-Julien

SKU #110537 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Medium-dark red. Roasted plum, leather and nuts on the nose, plus a slight vegetal nuance. Soft, lush and somewhat gamey in the mouth. Finishes with a hint of green acidity but nicely ripe tannins. Not short.  (5/2000)

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Clyde scored this 92 points.

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Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/28/2011 | Send Email
A longtime staff favorite as anyone who has visited our Redwood City store knows. Anthony Barton once joked that he and Clyde together have drunk most of the Langoa Barton produced in '97. I have enjoyed this wine many times myself and I love it for its classic appeal. This is a claret lover's vintage, the kind of wine to enjoy with a good beef roast or your favorite ribeye steak. Notes of cedar on the nose. Tangy, red currant notes on the palate. Lively acidity. Tannins still present but perfectly integrated. Needed about an hour in the decanter to show its best side.

Staff Image By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/1/2009 | Send Email
I still love this wine. At this price I was able to buy almost a case, and I am still drinking it. There are lovely herbal and mineral flavors, along with red fruit and a bit of spice. There is plenty of life left in this wine to keep some in the cellar. I can’t imagine there will be anymore of it judging by how much we have sold, so don’t miss out on an inexpensive, aged, classified Bordeaux.

Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/4/2009 | Send Email
This wine is PERFECT right now—mature and delicious Bordeaux at a great price. We sold the last 50 cases immediately and now we have our last 50 to sell. Anthony Barton ends up the hero once again both for his super wines as well as his insistence on reasonable pricing and the impact he’s had on the topic of value.

Staff Image By: Cindy Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/7/2008 | Send Email
I'm told this is the last we will carry of this vintage. Don't miss the opportunity to buy classic, mature Bordeaux for less than $40! Find yourself a friend, a friday night, and a juicy grilled steak. My idea of a very, good time.
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Saint Julien

- St. Julien, the smallest of the four famous appellations of the Haut Medoc, is known for highly extracted, finely structured, Cabernet-based reds. It is nestled between Pauillac to the north and Margaux to the south. Like St. Estephe, there are no first growths in this area. Leoville-las-Cases, Leoville Poyferre, Leoville Barton, Ducru Beaucaillou, and Gruard Larose are the second-growths of St. Julien followed by Lagrange which is the only third-growth. Beychevelle, Branaire Ducru, St. Pierre, and Talbot, which are all fourth-growth wines, round out the grand cru classe chateaux. In the last several vintages, wineries from this appellation have been out-performing their traditional rankings making many of the wines from this region some of the best values in red wine today.