2006 Langoa-Barton, St-Julien

SKU #1046981 91 points Wine Enthusiast

 Soft and ripe, here is a wine that just enjoys being rich and fruity. Blackberry flavors are followed by sweet black cherries, both contained within an elegant structure of tannins. As usual, this will develop more quickly than its more powerful stablemate, Léoville-Barton.  (3/ 2009)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Shows violet and blackberry, with hints of raisin. Full and velvety, with lovely-textured tannins and plenty of ripe fruit on the finish. Balanced and rich. Best after 2013  (3/ 2009)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 This tastes more like a Pauillac than a St.-Julien with its big, beefy, tannic overlay and aromas and flavors of black currants, asphalt, leather, and damp earth. Tannic, full-bodied but almost impenetrably closed and broodingly backward, this is a long-term prospect for those with patience. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2030+. (89+)  (2/ 2009)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright red-ruby. Currant, black cherry, licorice, tar and minerals on the nose. Juicy, tightly wound and penetrating, with very good intensity but a distinct austerity to the medicinal dark fruit and mineral flavors. Brisk and delineated wine, finishing with firm, building tannins that call for five or six years of patience.  (6/ 2009)

K&L Notes

75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc. Same production as 2005 vintage. At property: Some cranberry flavors. Good texture and mouthfeel. Solid wine with rounded tannins. At UGC: Quite a bit of cranberry on the nose and palate. Complete wine with sweet fruit flavors and lingering finish. *1/2 Ralph Sands: Deep cassis/cranberry fruit that is sweet but strong, focused and balanced.

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By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/5/2010  | Send Email
This was a big hit in the Best of Bordeaux tasting in November. Beautiful cassis nose with a bit of cedar. The palate was all cassis and raspberry with polished tannins and a long cassis finish. At this price (only $49.99), this is the perfect case wine for cellaring.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/21/2009  | Send Email
I love this property and this vintage from Langoa. Black cherry aromas and flavor. Much more approachable than Leoville Barton - tons of ripe fruit. Perfect structure and balance - will age well for a long time. Same production as 2005 vintage. Great value. Barrel notes: "At property - some cranberry flavors. Good texture and mouthfeel. Solid wine with rounded tannins. At UGC -quite a bit of cranberry on the nose and palate. Complete wine with sweet fruit flavors and lingering finish. *1/2

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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.
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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.