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2000 Langoa-Barton, St-Julien

Medium ruby core, medium rim. An elegant wine by now. Based around a middle of ripe, concentrated sweet red fruits(blackcurrant, dark cherries and red plums). Medium length; classic claret; good structure; adequate complexity/intensity. Very plesant drinking. High cost performance. Best Langoa in years! Rightly put by JR, this is not trying to get a score.

94 points Wine Spectator

"Top 100 Wines of 2003* A dense and rich red, with aromas of blackberries and blueberries, with an undertone of minerals. Full-bodied, with lots of tannins and loads of structure and length. Just a baby, but already muscular and developed. Best wine from this estate in years. Same owner as Léoville Barton. Best after 2010. (3/2003)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Showing far more impressively from bottle than it ever did from cask, this wine has turned out to be an outstanding Langoa Barton. It reveals a deep, saturated purple color and an expansive, sweet nose of earthy black currants, plum, and melted licorice. Structured, dense, chewy, with full body, good acidity, and plenty of tannin, this is undeniably a wine for patient connoisseurs, or as the French say, a vin de garde. (RP) (4/2003)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Good ruby-red. Superripe aromas of roasted black raspberry and blackcurrant complicated by roasted nuts, sexy oak spices and game. Juicy, penetrating and vinous, with complex currant, lead pencil and oak flavors. A firm, structured wine with very good backbone and big, cheek-coating tannins. (6/2003)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

The junior of the two wines produced by the Barton family, this is a subtle, classic wine. Structure and firm tannins sit alongside the perfectly formed, under-stated red and black fruits. (6/2003)

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