Since 1821, generation upon generation of the Barton family have written the chapters of Château Langoa Barton. Owners to this day of the renowned Bordeaux property, awarded Grand Cru Classé status in 1855; Saint Julien is where the roots and the heart of the Barton spirit can be felt.
The plots that compose the Château Langoa Barton terroir overlook the river. The splendid slopes of quaternary gravel bring the grapes to full maturity and then they undergo a rigorous selection process before being chosen for the Langoa Barton. The plowing is traditional, without weeding or herbicide. The grape varieties are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc.
Manual harvest of grapes from 21st September to 1st October. Aged in 60% new barrels.
The harvesting is done entirely by hand. After the de-stemming, the berries are carefully sorted, crushed and poured in wooden vats thermo-regulated, according to their plots. The alcoholic fermentation lasts from 7 to 10 days and the extraction is always respectful of the juice by adjusting the number of pumping depending on the cuvées and the vintages. The maceration is about 3 weeks then the juice is drawn in barrels, lot by lot. The wine is then aged between 16 and 18 months in French oak barrels of which 60% are brand new, in a cellar maintained at 15 °. The wines are topped up 3 times a week to avoid any contact between the wine and the air, the racking is traditional using the so-called “à l’esquive” method.
The blood-red colour enrobes this apparently severe, almost strict wine that is typical of its vintage, a dark horse indeed, divulding a dovetailing of secret treasures within. The nose reveals lemony notes mingling with peach blossom and hawtorn. The palate is full and dense, finishing on characterful tannins.