Chateau Langoa Barton 2010
Pre-Arrival November 2021
95 Vinous Media – “The 2010 Langoa-Barton has a very serious complex and involving bouquet with blackberry, cedar, sage and light sous-bois aromas that are exquisitely defined. The oak here is seamlessly integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with supple rounded tannins that frame its payload of black fruit laced with white pepper and cedar. It fans out brilliantly towards the finish. It is so velvety in texture that you could almost broach this now, but its substance and weight suggests that it deserves another few years in the cellar. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners 10-Year On Bordeaux horizontal.”
What more can we say? It is a perfect fall morning as I write this, crisp and clear, and a clarion call for classic Claret! Today’s offer is an ex-cellar release of the terrific 2010 Langoa Barton, one of Anthony Barton’s collection of top Bordeaux Chateaux. So why is this such a great deal?
Langoa Barton is often seen as the junior partner to the better known (and more expensive Leoville Barton), but it often can upstage its big brother, equalling or surpassing it as I think it does in the spectacular 2010 vintage. (the Wine Advocate and Vinous Media do as well). But here is the catch – while also a great wine, the Leoville Barton is selling anywhere from $170-200 and more online, yet was rated a point lower in the Advocate and received the same score of 95 by Vinous Media as the Langoa on offer today. The difference is that Langoa Barton is about half the price!
Part of the back story of these two great properties is that Langoa was owned by the Barton family (purchased in 1821), before they acquired Leoville Barton years later. It is one of the few classified left bank properties still owned by the original family. When they bought Leoville Barton, culled from part of the Leoville las Cases property, it came with no wine making facilities. As a result the wine was made in the cellars at Leoville Barton, as it still is today. In fact the picture of the Chateau on the label of Leoville Barton is actually Langoa! Nevertheless they are different properties, with Langoa just south of Barton, with a slightly cooler terroir. That in fact may explain the superb quality here in 2010, with the wine keeping a little more freshness, purity and focus in the warm, sunny vintage. Langoa also drinks better at a younger age than Barton, and the 2010 is just entering its sweet spot, and can be enjoyed now and for a decade more at least!
This is classic Left Bank all the way, a pure Saint Julien blend of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet-Franc with loads of dark fruit, cedar, cassis, graphite and earth tones that are a signature of the Gunzian gravels of Saint Julien and Pauillac. Oak is seamless and integrated at this point, tannins are beginning to soften, and the wine is amazingly fresh and pure, hallmarks of its perfect storage for a decade in the cool cellars in France. This will be shipped this fall in temperature controlled containers assuring its perfect provenance from Chateau to your cellar or table. This is a perfect wine for holiday gifts, Christmas and Thanksgiving dinners, and for all kinds of hearty winter roasts. Buy a bottle or a case (packed in original wood) but don’t miss out on this special offer! Cheers – Chris