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Langoa Barton 2015

Deep, ruby, tight rim. Fresh, balanced and clean. Intense, red fruit bouquet with hints of sous-bois and tobacco. The texture is fleshy and friendly, slightly spicy. Tannins are there, but the palate is chalky and silky, and the finish is long and tense. Tannins come through in the medium-bodied palate with the flavours and fruits in the background. The finish is chalky and spicy. From a blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, and 8% Cabernet Franc; 3 weeks ageing and 60% new oak. Over-driven overall, particularly in the finish, towards Pauillac.

Scores are consistent from 93 to 94. Well understood by commentators.

RP93. The 2015 Langoa Barton has a precise, understated, focused bouquet of pure blackberry and wild strawberry fruit laced with graphite and crushed stone. It becomes more floral with time, revealing incense and a touch of lavender. The medium-bodied palate offers supple tannin and beautiful, irresistible black fruit. This is silky-smooth and velvety in texture, with a sensual and very persistent finish. You could broach this now, although it deserves time in a bottle. Yet another Saint-Julien that has improved over the last year and tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting. Edited

JS94. Layered and juicy 2015 with currants, light chocolate and cedar character. It’s full-bodied, round-textured and very pretty. Extremely long and flavorful. So friendly and bright. Drink or hold. Edited.

JD94. I was still majoring in primary fruit aromatics at seven years old. There is a precision and a silkiness to the tannins and structure that means the black cherry and raspberry fruits remain taut and almost austere at first before deepening out through the mid-palate, gathering together richer nuances of oyster shell, cocoa bean, and espresso. Great texture and depth of expression will benefit from another 3 to 5 years in a bottle—70% new oak. Edited.

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