2011 Langoa-Barton, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1090966 93-95 points Wine Enthusiast

 This wine is powerful and concentrated, with its tannins showing. It is perfumed, ripe and offers density that’s impressive for the year.  (4/ 2012)

92-93 points James Suckling

 This is dense with a lovely blueberry and mineral character. Full body, with silky tannins and a long finish. It is dense and very pretty. Well done.  (4/ 2012)

90-93 points Wine Spectator

 A pure and elegant style, with plum and cassis fruit that's nicely unadorned. Hints of iron and violets filter in on the finish. Deceptive length.  (4/ 2012)

89-91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep ruby-purple. Exotic, perfumed aromas of plum, strawberry syrup, Oriental spices and bay leaf are complemented by a hint of camphor. Bright, fresh and smooth, with juicy, very persistent blackberry, raspberry and mineral flavors. I really like this wine's purity and verve; it's a superb Langoa that ought to make exceptionally good near-term drinking.  (5/ 2012)

K&L Notes

* Ginger ale and black raspberry on the nose. Good middle. Tough on back palate. Should be fine, it just needs some airing. RS: Very strong red fruits--cherry cola--and a firm grip.

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By: Melissa Smith |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/7/2014  | Send Email
Tasted at UGC and Fete- Lush ripe fruit on the entry,followed by a distinct minerality, a lot of acidity to guarantee another great candidate for long term cellaring.

By: Ralph Sands |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/17/2012  | Send Email
Very strong red fruits—cherry cola—and a firm grip.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/17/2012  | Send Email
* Ginger ale and black raspberry on the nose. Good middle. Tough on back palate. Should be fine, it just needs some airing.

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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.