2006 Langoa-Barton, St-Julien
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.
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
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+)
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.
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.