2013 Langoa-Barton, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival)
I like the pure and clean fruit with medium to full body, integrated tannins and juicy finish. A sliced lemon and dark fruit undertone. Long subtle finish.
Barrel Sample. Concentrated and firm, the wine has the freshness of the vintage along with ripe black plum fruits and dark, smoky wood tannins.
The 2013 Langoa-Barton is laced with sweet red cherries, crushed flowers, spices and mint, all in a feminine, graceful style with modest depth and structure. Silky tannins support the mid-weight, floral finish. The 2013 should drink nicely right out of the gate, as it is already quite open. The blend is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. Tasted twice.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright ruby-red. Fresh, precise scents of red berries, aromatic herbs, orange peel and cedar but this seems a little light on fruit to me. Better on the palate, showing spicy tobacco, orange and dark plum flavors with chewy, mounting tannins. The moderately persistent finish reveals repeating herbal notes, and I wonder if this has enough fruit to go more than a decade or so.
On the taut side, with a sinewy feel to the red currant and damson plum fruit. Rather brisk through the finish, with the iron and savory details standing out.