In a nutshell: A very classic and traditional wine from one of the oldest wine making families of Bordeaux.
The lowdown: A 3rd Classified Growth the Saint-Juilen estate of Chateau Langoa Barton has been in the Barton family's hands since 1821 and is one of only a few estates of the 1855 Classified Growths to still be under the same ownership now as was then. This long ownership of the estate has allowed a long-term vision and the wines of Langoa Barton are wonderfully classical in style that include a high proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon and can traditionally take several years to open and reach their peak. Grown, without herbicide or weeding, on gravel slopes overlooking the river and hand picked the 2012 is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, and 8% Cabernet Franc matured for 18 months in 60% new oak barrels. A full-bodied wine with lots of deep, ripe, dark and red fruit flavours with notes of cassis, dried herbs, mint, pepper and oak coming through on a palate which is nicely starting to open up.
When to drink: Drink from now through 2030+. Decant 1-2 hours before serving.