Dense purple colour. Very expressive nose with some notes of raspberry, blackberry and violet. In mouth, the wine is elegant, round and smooth. Juicy with fresh red fruits. In the mouth it is bursting with flavours of blackberry, currants and cacao with notes of violets, oak and spice, all supported by ripe tannins and controlled acidity. Expect to experience a Long, fruity finish.
94pts Wine Enthusiast
This wine, from the stablemate of Léoville Barton, offers great fruit: blackberry flavors and structured black currants. With its tannins, spice and good acidity, the wine has a good future. Drink from 2023.
93pts James Suckling
Lots of crushed blackcurrants and chocolate on the nose, following through to a medium to full body with soft, friendly tannins that are caressing and beautiful. Drinkable now, but better after 2022.
93pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2017 Langoa Barton is medium to deep garnet-purple colored and features wonderfully pure scents of crushed blackcurrants, wild blueberries and black raspberries plus wafts of underbrush, dark chocolate and violets. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is laden with seductive black and blue fruits, framed by grainy tannins and just enough freshness, finishing long and perfumed.
92pts Wine Spectator
Ripe, bright and fresh, featuring a terrific beam of cassis and plum fruit running through, flanked by anise and red tea notes and scored by a singed applewood accent on the finish. Needs a little time to unwind fully. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2022 through 2032.
92pts Jeb Dunnuck
The 2017 Château Langoa Barton showed beautifully both times I was able to taste it. Black cherries, plums, leafy herbs and spring flowers all emerge from this medium-bodied, ripe, lively Saint-Julien that shows the pretty, charming, elegant style of the vintage. As with all the wines from this vintage, it’s not massive by any means, yet it is nicely concentrated and impeccably balanced. The blend is 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc, with harvest stretching between the 15th and 18th of September for the Merlot and the 22nd to the 29th of September for the Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. It’s still aging in 60% new oak. Barrel Sample: 90-92
Langoa shows the same delicacy and finesse as many St-Juliens in the 2017 vintage, but without the downside of slightly under ripe fruit. There are still earthy notes, and this is a not a gourmet take on the vintage (unlike its sibling Léoville Barton, which manages to deliver real flesh), but it has poise, concentration and excellent black fruit character. Should open up in another six to eight years and deliver for a couple of decades from that point.
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