2018 Château Langoa-Barton, Cru Classé St-Julien

In 2018 Langoa has punched above its weight. It’s grippy and fine, with plenty of intensity but also nice acidity, salinity, and crunchy fruit. The finish is very well-judged and mineral, intense with lovely length.

Critic score
92.75/100

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WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Saint-Julien, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
  • Grape
    57% Cabernet Sauvignon
    34% Merlot
    9% Cabernet Franc
  • Maturity
    Young 2023 - 2038
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • Classification
    Cru Classé (Medoc & Sauternes)
2018 Château Langoa-Barton, Cru Classé St-Julien

TASTING NOTES

The deep garnet-purple colored 2018 Langoa Barton is slightly shy at this nascent stage, revealing wonderfully pure, warm red and black currant scents with nuances of blueberry preserves, chocolate mint, smoked meat and a waft of bouquet garni. Full-bodied, rich and sporting a lot of vibrant, juicy fruit in the mouth, it has firm, rounded tannins and a lively backbone lifting the fruit to a good, long finish.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (April 2019)
(92—94)/100

The gap has been closing recently between Langoa and Léoville Barton, but Langoa is not quite keeping up in this vintage. There's no question that here is a firm, structured, complex and concentrated wine with an effortless St-Julien signature, but the tannins are a touch more foursquare on the finish, not quite as supple and full of life as in 2016. Still, it will be ready to drink sooner and offers tons of pleasure in the glass, so I'm not complaining. 60% new oak.

Jane Anson, Decanter (April 2019)
(93)/100

There’s real freshness to the crushed-raspberry and blueberry character of this young red. Medium-to full-bodied and zingy with energetic tannins. Crisp finish. Lovely purity of fruit to this.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (April 2019)
(93—94)/100

I was really impressed with the 2018 Langoa Barton. Fresh, floral and silky, with tremendous fruit purity, the 2018 is delicate and understated to the core. Langoa is always one of the most gracious wines of Saint-Julien. The 2018 has an extra kick of textural resonance that makes it incredibly appealing and delicious. The 2018 is an especially fine Langoa Barton. Tasted two times.

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com (April 2019)
(90—93)/100