2001 Langoa-Barton, St-Julien

SKU #1006811 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 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.  (12/ 2007)

92 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (3/ 2004)

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.  (6/ 2004)

K&L Notes

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).

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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/9/2011  | Send Email
My notes in 2002: "A super buy for drinking in eight years or so. Right there with their 2000. Sweet and lush. Purity of fruit shines through. Anthony Barton [of Léoville-Barton] comes up with another outstanding value."

By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/7/2010  | Send Email
Here is another wine that is drinking right now. On the nose is cedar, earth, spice and cassis fruit in the background. The dark fruit is more evident on the palate with more earth, mushroom and spice. The texture is soft with polished tannins and just a bit of astringency on the finish.

By: Chiara Shannon |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/15/2010  | Send Email
I tasted this wine at our recent Bordeaux staff tasting on July 13th. It was one of the real stars among many standouts, (the lineup featured several groupings of verticals of Lanessan, Langoa-Barton, Leoville-Barton, and Chasse-Spleen, all of which were showing pretty darn well). The nose offered a bouquet of earth, dried leaves, and dried rose petals, supported by black fruit aromas. Gritty tannins framed a dense core of red and balck fruit on the palate. I wrote the words, "rugged," "minerally," and "savory." Overall there is a lot to this wine to love, and I think it will come around even more after 5 more years in bottle. Ralph recently poured at the last Saturday tasting for customers, and remarked that it was his favorite of the day. DECANT this - it needs time to open up.

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

France

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Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

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.