2010 Langoa-Barton, St-Julien
What a depth of fruit here, with dark chocolate and currants and blackberries. Full and velvety. Wonderful texture. Like it. Better than 2009.
Fruity and juicy, this showcases the accessibility of this estate, while also highlighting some of the tannic structure of its big brother, Léoville-Barton. There is a classic black-currant note that's balanced by the firm tannins of the vintage.
Tightly focused, with a beam of cassis and blackberry fruit framed by integrated espresso and charcoal notes. The ample structure drives the polished finish, allowing extra notes of plum sauce, pastis and blueberry coulis to stride through. Shows serious grip at the very end. Best from 2016 through 2035.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Another wine showing better from bottle than it did from barrel, the 2010 Langoa Barton has the typical structured, dense style, but just as I thought earlier on, it is a much softer and more developed wine than one ordinarily expects from proprietor Anthony Barton. It is full-bodied and impressively endowed with subtle oak, rich cassis fruit and notes of new saddle leather, forest floor, cedar wood and spice box. Full, authoritative and dense, this wine should be at its best between 2018 and 2035. (93+)
Savoury, meaty cassis at first but opens up to a more cedary perfume. Delicate oak spice and a dry but fluid finesse to the very fine tannins. 17/20 points.
K&L's great friend Anthony Barton has headed both Leoville Barton and Langoa Barton since 1986, and both are made at the Langoa Chateau. Chateau Langoa Barton is his 3rd growth St Julien, and a spectacular performer from its 15 hectares of vineyards planted to 72% of Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% of Merlot et 8% of Cabernet Franc (these percentages can be different in the final blend each year depending upon the ultimate decision in blending). For 2010 the blend was: 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc.