2013 Langoa-Barton, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1159001 91-92 points James Suckling

 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.  (4/ 2014)

90-92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Barrel Sample. Concentrated and firm, the wine has the freshness of the vintage along with ripe black plum fruits and dark, smoky wood tannins.  (4/ 2014)

Antonio Galloni

 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.  (4/ 2014)

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.  (6/ 2014)

Wine Spectator

 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.  (4/ 2014)

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By: Ralph Sands |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/8/2014  | Send Email
* Nice freshness, firm elegant wine with hints of cranberry and black cherry fruits. Consistent, tasted three times, classic claret at every tasting.

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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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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.