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Chateau Langoa Barton St. Julien Bordeaux Wine

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Chateau Langoa Barton St. Julien, Bordeaux wine, Third Growth, producer profile, with wine tasting notes, wine ratings, a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir, along with wine tasting reviews. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

The Barton family, the current owners of Chateau Langoa Barton are able to trace their Bordeaux roots all the way back to 1722. That was the year that Thomas Barton left Ireland for Bordeaux. Like many successful owners, Barton started out as a Bordeaux negociant, or wine merchant.

The first foray into ownership for the Barton family was in St. Estephe, with Chateau Le Boscq in 1745. The family continued being active in not only buying and managing Bordeaux chateaux in the Medoc, but as successful wine merchants. They eventually partnered with another powerful Bordeaux family to form a massive Bordeaux wine negociant company, Barton & Guestier. Founded in 1745, the firm of Barton and Guestier is still active in the Bordeaux wine business today.

The next major purchase in the Left Bank for the Barton clan took place in 1821. That was the year they bought their next St. Julien estate, Pontet-Langlois. Shortly after the sale, they renamed it, Chateau Langoa Barton. Following the purchase of Langoa Barton, they bought a second, St. Julien estate. Culled from the vineyards of Leoville Las Cases, that estate became Chateau Leoville Barton. Interestingly, because no cellar or wine making facilities came with the purchase, they were forced to make both wines at Langoa Barton. In time, the production of both wines taking place at Langoa Barton became a tradition. In fact, when you look at the label of Leoville Barton, the chateau on the label is actually Langoa Barton. Chateau Langoa Barton has another unique distinction. Out of all the 1855 Classified Growths, it is the only chateau that is still in the hands of the same family. Langoa Barton is managed by Anthony Barton and Lilian Barton.

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The style of Chateau Langoa Barton is quite different than that of thier oter estate, Chateau Leoville Barton. A large part of that of course has to do with their vineyards and their location in the St. Julien appellation. The vines for Langoa Barton are due south of Leoville Barton, with a north by north west exposure. The majority of their vines are close to the center of the St. Julien appellation. Because of that geographic different, the Langoa Barton vineyard gets less sun. Langoa Barton is in a cooler terroir as it is closer to the center of St. Julien.

The 25 hectare St. Julien vineyards of Chateau Langoa Barton have a terroir with gravel and clay soils. The vineyards are planted to 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, and 6% Cabernet Franc. Although, it is interesting to note that the Barton family feels there are some Petit Verdot vines in their as well. On average, the vines are 35 years of age. While they do own older vines, generally speaking, they are often replaced by the time they hit 40 years of age. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 9,100 vines per hectare.

The wines of Chateau Langoa Barton are traditional in style and as such, the vinification is traditional as well. The wines are traditionally made in large, 200 hectoliter wooden vats. Malolactic fermentation takes place in vat. To be more precise, at Langoa Barton, they try to induce co-innoculation, which is what takes place when the alcoholic and malolactic fermentation occur at the same time.

Chateau Langoa Barton is aged in an average of 50% new, French oak barrels for about 20 months. On average, close to 7,500 cases are produced of the traditionally styled Chateau Langoa Barton each year. There is a second wine, Lady Langoa. The Barton family also own Mauvesin Barton, in the Haut Medoc and a negociant company, Les Vins Fins Anthony Barton.

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Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2013 Château Langoa Barton

    1. With coffee bean, cassis and peppery cherry aromas, the wine is medium bodied and light on its feet, finishing with bright red berries and spice. From a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13% alcohol and is being aged in 60% new French oak. 87-89 Pts

      88 points - Tasted
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  2. 2012 Château Langoa Barton

    1. From 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc, the Barton family produced a medium-bodied wine that opens with oak, fennel and dark cherries. The tannins feel dusty in the red cherry finish. The wine will be aged in 60% new French oak barrels. 88-90 Pts

      89 points - Tasted
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  3. 2011 Château Langoa Barton

    1. Earthy, medium bodied, slightly rustic, with crisp, peppery, cranberry and cassis flavors, the wine is a little tough in the finish.

      88 points - Tasted
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    2. Produced from 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc, the wine will be aged in 60% new oak. Earth, cassis and cranberry notes, medium bodied with fresh, bright, soft cassis and a classic personality. 88-90 Pts

      89 points - Tasted
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  4. 2010 Château Langoa Barton

    1. From a blend of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the wine is packed with lively, spicy red and black fruits, earth, coffee and tobacco. This bright, tannic wine needs time to develop and soften. At least a decade or more is required.

      90 points - Tasted
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  5. 2009 Château Langoa Barton

    1. From an assemblage of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, this tannic, fresh, bright, cassis and red berry filled, classic Bordeaux wine needs time to develop.

      90 points - Tasted
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  6. 2008 Château Langoa Barton

    1. This is already starting to display its earthy, cedar wood, tobacco, cocoa and blackberry charm. Much open and accessible that I would have expected. A nice wine, and a good value for a Classified growth.

      90 points - Tasted
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  7. 2006 Château Langoa Barton

    1. Cassis, earth and tobacco poked through the wall of tannin with effort. This tannic, masculine, old school style of Bordeaux wine demands at least another decade before opening up.

      89 points - Tasted
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  8. 2005 Château Langoa Barton

    1. The austere personality and slightly drying, tannic finish did not make it a winner for me.

      85 points - Tasted
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  9. 2003 Château Langoa Barton

    1. Licorice, earth, tobacco, blackberry and cigar notes open to a soft wine that has developed rapidly. The end note is a bit dry in the otherwise, warm, black cherry finish.

      90 points - Tasted
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  10. 2002 Château Langoa Barton

    1. Firm and still tannic, and showing more ripeness than many other Left Bank wines in this vintage, this masculine styled, youthful wine is starting to offer secondary characteristics with its tobacco, smoke, wet earth, cedar and peppery scents. Hold off for a few more years and this should be an even better wine.

      90 points - Tasted
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  11. 2000 Château Langoa Barton

    1. This powerful, masculine, tannic, St. Julien wine offers cigar box, earth, creme de cassis and blackberry scents in the perfume. Solid, chewy and still youthful, this concentrated Bordeaux wine is well suited for fans of traditionally styled wine.

      90 points - Tasted
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  12. 1996 Château Langoa Barton

    1. Masculine, tannic and beefy, this old school styled wine offers a lot of bright cassis, olives, leaf and tobacco along side the slightly gruff, tannic finish. In time, this could be more interesting, but I think it's always to be more apealing to fans of the style produced in Bordeaux a few decades ago.

      89 points - Tasted
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  13. 1896 Château Langoa Barton

    1. Decades past its last breath of life, there was no fruit remaining, just acidity and some spice. Still, it was amazing to find a wine this old in my glass.

      55 points - Tasted
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