2008 Langoa-Barton, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1047009

89-92 points Wine Spectator: "Bright blackberry and currant aromas, with flowers. Cool and fresh on the nose. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and juicy fruit." (Tasting Highlight, 04/09) 89-91 points Stephen Tanzer: "Opaque deep ruby. Candied violet, chocolate-covered dried blueberry and plum on the nose. Lovely balance to the fresh blackberry and blueberry flavors, with lively acidity extending the finish. There's sneaky concentration to this very well-made, graceful midweight, which should develop nicely and resolve some of its still-chalky tannins. An excellent vintage for Langoa." 88-90+ points Robert Parker: "Impressively big, muscular, and formidably backward, this dense, full-bodied 2008 possesses beautiful fruit, but extremely high tannins as well as a blockbuster style that is difficult to fully appraise. It will require at least 6-8 years of bottle age, and should last for three decades. It will probably be at least 2-3 points better than my conservative score suggests." (04/09) K&L's notes - ** Black cherry and blueberry aromas. Tons of Merlot-infused fruit. Extremely sweet on the mid-palate. Shows some oaky nuances. Smooth tannins. Quite concentrated wine with a creamy texture. Structured to age. Killer wine. At UGC: Very creamy texture, sweet and lovely. Has plenty of guts for 10 years-plus cellaring. Please note - 2008 Bordeaux futures are not in stock, but will arrive between Jan-Dec 2011. We will contact you for shipping instructions.

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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/21/2009  | Send Email
2008 Vintage Report: ** One of my favorite properties. 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc. Black cherry and blueberry aromas. Tons of Merlot-infused fruit. Extremely sweet on the mid-palate. Shows some oaky nuances. Smooth tannins. Quite concentrated wine with a creamy texture. Structured to age. Killer wine. At UGC: Very creamy texture, sweet and lovely. Has plenty of guts for 10 years-plus cellaring. (06/09)

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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

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of 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.