2009 Château Langoa Barton (Saint Julien)
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale: $68.94 (was: $84.94)
Looking for an under-the-radar classified growth from the stellar 2009 vintage? Then look no further! Occasionally mistaken for the second wine of its illustrious sibling, Léoville Barton, Langoa is a terrific property in its own right – “one of the most under-rated crus in Saint Julien”, per Neal Martin.
The Langoa vineyard occupies some of the finest terroir in Saint Julien and, by extension, Bordeaux. A short stroll in virtually any direction will bring you to another prized property. Among its more prestigious neighbors are Ducru-Beaucaillou, Léoville Poyferré, Léoville Las Cases, and, of course, Léoville Barton. Speaking of which, Neal Martin believes that the 2009 Langoa "presently stands shoulder to shoulder with its “big bro’”."
The comparisons with the Leoville Barton estate are inevitable, though Langoa has an identity and style all its own. Indeed, comparisons should be drawn more on style rather than quality. “Any difference between these two,” says Chris Kissack, “is down to terroir, and in some vintages the quality of the two wines is very close, although the style may differ, Langoa often showing a more feminine and approachable face.”
The Bartons have three centuries of savoir-faire guiding everything they do, though they can also call upon the services of consultant oenologist Eric Boissenot. Regarded by those in the know as the Médoc expert, Boissenot’s other clients are a who’s who of classified growth royalty, including Palmer, Latour, Lafite and Mouton Rothschild.
The 2009 Langoa is just entering its prime but is poised to go another 15+ years, no question. Classified growths of this caliber - from a top producer and a vintage of such renown - are a smart addition for any serious fans of left bank Bordeaux, especially when you can get them at the best price around! Cheers!