Tasting Note: 1982 Chateau Langoa Barton


1. Introduction:
After Thomas Barton bought Langoa in 1821 and Leoville in 1826, the two Chateaus remained in the family since then. With its 50 hectares (124 acres) of vineyards Chateau Leoville Barton is the larger and probably more famous estate of the two sister wineries. Nevertheless, Chateau Langoa Barton cultivates 17 hectares (42arces) with large proportions of old vines of Cabernet Sauvignon (57%), Merlot (34%) and Cabernet Franc (9%) on gravelly soil with clay sub-soil.
The wines are known for their finesse and elegance rather than power and extraction. As prices of many great wines in Bordeaux rocketed upwards over the last years, the Barton family stuck to their idea of reasonable pricing. Thereby, Chateau Langoa Barton continuously delivers amazing quality for money.
From the exceptional 1982 vintage, our Chateau Langoa Barton is flawless.

2. Appearance:
Deep dark crimson. A little light, but still very much alive and bright!

3. Nose:
Vital, yet discreet, aromatics of Dark, Ripe Berries and Black Cherry.
Forest Floor, Pencil Shavings, Earth and Leather.
Fascinating bundle of Fresh Herbs and some Spices with Lemon Balm, Mint and little White Pepper.
Delicate and very fine nose with but complexity and presence!

4. Taste:
Dark Fruit and Fruit in Rum dominate the palate with mostly Cassis, Blackberry & Black Cherry characteristics. Dark Chocolate, Tobacco, Earth and Forest Floor. Green, Fresh Herbs, Licorice and Green Pepper.
Dense and soft mouthfeel with great, a little cool, depth and polished tannins.
Hardly any acidity.
Finishes long and harmonious with smooth tannins, Ripe Black Fruit and Herbal Spiciness.
Balanced, powerful and very approachable!

5. Opinion:
An elegant, delicious and balanced wine with finesse, beautiful fruit and vitality!
The 1982 Chateau Langoa Barton shines beautifully right now.
Dark, cool and complex to drink now or within the next 5- 10 years.