Langoa Barton 2004
Tasting Notes and Scores
Another sleeper of the vintage from this somewhat under the radar step-child of Anthony Bartonâ€™s more famous Leoville Barton, the 2004 Langoa Barton exhibits deep, concentrated, chunky, black currant and cherry fruit intermixed with notions of forest floor and aged beef blood. This impressive, full-bodied, powerful, ageworthy St.-Julien is atypically backward and brooding. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2025+.
You know, the common consensus is that Leoville Barton is by rote, superior to Langoa, but the more my experience grows the less I think that is valid. This Langoa Barton 2004 is just divine with a lifted blackberry, tobacco and menthol-tinged nose with cedar becoming more pronounced with aeration. Wonderful definition. The palate is full-bodied with surprisingly grippy tannins, certainly retaining its masculinity that it showed at primeur, but as I intimated back then, the elevage added some flesh and weight to this wine to leave it with a dense, supple, slightly meaty finish. Lovely! Drink 2012-2020. Tasted November 2008.