Chateau Langoa Barton is a magnificent reference of the small but very qualitative appellation of Saint-Julien, located on the right bank of the Bordeaux wine region. A Grand Cru Classe of 1855, Chateau Langoa Barton has belonged to the Barton family since 1821!
When asked about the 2018 vintage, Damien Sartorius, General Manager of the estate, summarizes it in one word: intense. From bud break to harvest, 2018 was unpredictable, but according to his words, the dedication of the vineyard team, who have been at the estate for a long time, has resulted in a healthy and very high-quality harvest.
Chateau Langoa Barton 2018 is composed of a blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc, aged in new oak barrels for 60%.
This red wine vintage from Saint-Julien is powerful without being too sunny, like the 2003, for example. Standing out with the fantastic balance and finesse of its tannins, the Langoa Barton 2018 unveils intense fruity flavors, enhanced by a very pleasant freshness. Straight-forward and delicious, the estate has compared this new vintage to the outstanding 2010. So, a very successful vintage indeed.
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.