2004 Langoa-Barton, St-Julien

SKU #1030490 91 points Wine Spectator

 Very pretty and perfumed, with plum, vanilla and chocolate aromas. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a long, caressing finish. Best after 2011.  (3/2007)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Another sleeper of the vintage from this somewhat under the radar step-child of Anthony Barton’s more famous Leoville Barton, the 2004 Langoa Barton exhibits deep, concentrated, chunky, black currant and cherry fruit intermixed with notions of forest floor and aged beef blood. This impressive, full-bodied, powerful, ageworthy St.-Julien is atypically backward and brooding. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2025+.  (6/2007)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 What a big-hearted wine this is. It is generous, smooth and ripe, with lovely fruit. There is more than this immediate pleasure, though, because its dense tannins promise a good evolution. Langoa-Barton is the second estate owned by Anthony Barton of Léoville-Barton, and it offers some of the pleasures of Léoville at a lower price.  (6/2007)

K&L Notes

Spicy cranberry and black cherry aromas and flavor with cola undertones. Very good effort and should be priced correctly. Tasted best at the property.

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By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/24/2017 | Send Email
Aye I couldn't believe that this was showing better than the 2005 in the last tasting. The 2005 feels downright shutdown next to this gorgeous and mature 2004. Surely the 05 is still the vintage to hold, but for drinking now there's very little in the store that will offer more for your dollar than the special 04 Langoa. Gorgeous soft black and red fruits, totally integrated and seamless. The ultra elegant style is the hallmark of this special property and the 04 delivers that experience to a T.

By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/23/2017 | Send Email
This is a great candidate for Steak and Claret night this week. The 2004 is right on point with a great perfume on the nose, then great minerality, black cherries and minty herbs on the palate. The acids have softened a bit and the oak has perfectly integrated with the fruit. You do not need to wait on this one, it is in a perfect spot right now.

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/22/2017 | Send Email
Cinnamon and I drank this for our 13th anniversary (we were married in 2004) with steak frites at the lovely Mathilde French bistro in San Francisco. Today I had it again in our staff Bordeaux tasting, right next to the famous 2005. Both times, this wine exceeded expectations, and I couldn't help but buy a little for myself after this second great surprise! I thought this wine drank far better than the 2005 now, and has none of the green notes that critics of the 2004's complain about. The texture is all there at 13 years, and the fruit is dark, fresh and very well balanced by focussed acidity. If you have a steak dinner in your future, this top class Bordeaux is a great choice!
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By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/20/2008 | Send Email
This over-achieving third growth is dense and somewhat brooding, but there is so much sweetness and complexity it’s hard to resist. There is a Pauillac-like character here with cranberry, dark berries, mineral and a touch of cedar on the firm finish. A bargain.

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Saint Julien

- St. Julien, the smallest of the four famous appellations of the Haut Medoc, is known for highly extracted, finely structured, Cabernet-based reds. It is nestled between Pauillac to the north and Margaux to the south. Like St. Estephe, there are no first growths in this area. Leoville-las-Cases, Leoville Poyferre, Leoville Barton, Ducru Beaucaillou, and Gruard Larose are the second-growths of St. Julien followed by Lagrange which is the only third-growth. Beychevelle, Branaire Ducru, St. Pierre, and Talbot, which are all fourth-growth wines, round out the grand cru classe chateaux. In the last several vintages, wineries from this appellation have been out-performing their traditional rankings making many of the wines from this region some of the best values in red wine today.