Bordeaux, Featuring Lanessan and the Barton Clan

K&L Wines, San Francisco
Tasted Saturday, July 17, 2010 by drwine2001 with 372 views

Flight 1 - A Minor White (1 Note)

Flight 2 - Lanessan (2 Notes)

  • 2003 Château Lanessan

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc

    Medium center, lighter edge. Bright fruit and licorice. Medium weight, certainly not ponderous. Again, anise more than fruit in the mouth with good liveliness and dark chocolate on the finish. Fair length. Very good, not at all roasted, and a helluva bargain at $19.

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  • 2000 Château Lanessan

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc

    More saturated toward the rim than the 2003. Some wood evident, more secondary aromatics than the younger wine. Light, classic, some complexity, hard to characterize fruit. Elegant and cedary. Nice but cut off by drying tannins that are high for the overall degree of concentration.

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Flight 3 - XXXXX Bartons (6 Notes)

  • 2007 Château Langoa Barton

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien

    Medium to dark ruby. Green herbal perfume. Lighter weight and walks the line between underripeness and minimal sweetness of fruit. Good acidity, gently woody base. Pretty straight ahead wine for short term, or at most, intermediate term drinking.

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  • 2001 Château Langoa Barton

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien

    Medium core, lighter rim. Elegant, maturing aromatics. Medium weight. Nicely balanced and clearly less weedy than the '07. Not sappy but this has excellent intensity and a long finish. Enjoyable and entering its drinking plateau, I'd imagine.

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  • 1999 Château Langoa Barton

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien

    Translucent but slightly deeper than the '01. Cedary. More volume and depth than the 2 younger Langoas. Sweeter cassis fruit, softer, low acid, round tannins. Very approachable now, but I prefer the subtlety and relative complexity of the '01, which should also hold longer.

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  • 1994 Château Langoa Barton

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien

    Medium red with browning rim. Frank dill on the nose. Loose, underripe, washed out fruit with remaining prickly acidity. Past its prime but probably never well balanced. My least favorite wine of the tasting.

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  • 2007 Château Léoville Barton

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien

    Good deep youthful color. Pure blackberry fruit with just a touch of rosemary. Noticeable oak but really excellent depth, mouth feel, and length. Clearly better than the '07 Langoa and the most promising wine of the tasting.

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  • 1987 Château Léoville Barton

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien

    Light ruby, tawny rim. Peppery and herbaceous. Lighter style. Soft and mature, refreshing acidity, but marred by its underripe, green notes. Drinkable, but proceed quickly.

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Flight 4 - Sweet Finish (1 Note)

  • 2007 Château Guiraud

    France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes

    Interesting in that botrytis is more evident in the mouth than is the smell. Middle weight, crisp acidity, fresh style while still expressing coconut and creme brulee. At least very good.

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Closing

The biggest surprise to me was how well the 2 Lanessans showed. I've not tasted many 2007 Bordeaux, but the Leoville Barton outstripped my expectations based upon what I've read of the vintage.

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