96 Points - James Suckling
Beautiful aromas of flowers and berries, intermingled in fresh and brambly mode with a cedary edge. This is very fresh. The tannins carve an exceptionally deep, long line through the dark berries and cassis and deliver a very powerful, unwavering finish. This is in great form. Very powerful and focused. Try from 2024.
Zalto Denk-Art Bordeaux Glass
The Zalto Bordeaux glass is recommended for weightier style reds, probably our most widely used glass when tasting in house, this glass is great for many different wines. The large bowl helping aerate and soften tannins whilst accentuating the wine's depth and concentration. The Bordeaux glass is the ideal choice for Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Zinfandel, Bordeaux or Rhône style blends and many other red wines. Surprisingly, it is also the glass of choice for oaked Chardonnay, the shape of the bowl accentuating the balance of ripe fruits and oak.
Château Langoa Barton is one of the thirteen Third Growths and is located in the Saint-Julien commune of the Medoc region. In 1821, the château was bought by Irishman Hugh Barton (who had a long and distinguished history in the Bordeaux wine trade) and since then it has remained in the family. In 1983, it was taken over by Anthony Barton and today is run by his daughter Lillian. Shortly after buying Château Langoa-Barton, Hugh Barton also took over Château Leoville Barton. In fact, Château Langoa-Barton and its sibling share wine making facilities, including the traditional wood fermenting vats and similar varietal mixes. Château Langoa-Barton even shares it cellar, but it is down to the terroir and sun exposure that makes these two wines taste so different. Langoa Barton has around 20 hectares of vineyards made up of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot which lie on gravelly-clay soils, typical of the region.
Bordeaux is not only the most famous wine producing region in France but in the world, with the most prestigious châteaux and wines in the industry. Its history dates back to the Roman times and today is the largest producing region of fine wines. Vineyards in Bordeaux are known by châteaux and therefore the name of each individual château is an important brand.
Many top wines are sold ‘En Primeur’ meaning that they are sold in the barrel prior to bottling. Almost 90% of the wine produced in Bordeaux is red (called ‘Claret’ in the UK) from over 8,500 producers. The main reason for the success of the wine production in Bordeaux is the perfect combination of climate, with long hours of sunshine ideal for ripening the grapes and well-draining gravel soil. Appellations are an important part of the Bordeaux culture and the region has 54 appellations recognized by the AOC, the Appellation d’Origine Controlle.
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