2010 Château Langoa Barton (Saint Julien)
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $68.94 (reg. $84.94)
Looking for an under-the-radar classified growth from the stellar 2010 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. And Langoa earned critical praise across the board in 2010!
The comparisons with 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.
Wine Spectator awards 94 points, noting the wine’s “ample structure” and “polished finish”. Per Wine Enthusiast, this 2010 “showcases the accessibility of this estate, while also highlighting some of the tannic structure of its big brother, Léoville-Barton” (94 points). Neal Martin’s Wine Journal concurs, making for three 94-point scores, calling it “a classy number” and saying, “you cannot really go wrong with this Saint Julien”.
The 2010 Langoa is a wine for laying down and will continue to develop for another 15 to 20 years, no question. Classified growths of this caliber - from a top producer and a vintage of such renown - will tend to cost more, but we've got a wonderful sale price for you today. For collectors of left bank Bordeaux, Langoa Barton 2010 is a seriously smart addition to the cellar. Cheers!