The first of a case delivered last year. I was surprised how open it was. Creamy oak, floral black raspberries as it opened up tobacco and the creaminess disappeared to classic cedar wood. Light and ethereal in the mouth, giving away it's vintage. The tannins were integrated and not at all to the fore. Though the last glasses they were drying out. Good fresh acidity and medium weighted in the mouth with a good length. A good classic Claret.
Opened too young. Give this several more years in the bottle. If you do plan to drink I would suggest a 3 hour decant minimum. It had a good nose on it. Compared to the 2004 we also had you can see what this can become with more cellar time.
WSET Level 4 Course - WSET School; 9/6/2014-5/23/2015 (WSET School, Bermondsey): Appearance: The wine is Clear with a Deep Ruby colour. Nose: The nose is Clean and Developing , showing Pronounced intensity primary aromas of blackcurrant, blackberry, black cherry, secondary aromas of cedar and tertiary aromas of forest floor. Palate: The wine is Dry in the mouth with a Medium(+) level of acidity. It has High Ripe/Soft tannins and a Medium Level of alcohol (13.0%). It has Medium(+) body and Pronounced intensity primary flavours of blackcurrant, blackberry, black cherry, secondary flavours of cedar and tertiary flavours of forest floor . The finish is Long Overall: The wine is well balanced, with ripe black fruits, soft/ripe tannins and decent acidity. The wine has good complexity due to the presence of primary, secondary and tertiary characteristics. It is has good concentration leading to a long finish. Conclusion: It is an Outstanding quality wine. Can Drink Now but has Potential for Ageing The concentrated fruit, tannins and acidity indicate it has the structure and concentration to continue to improve with further ageing - needs time; Premium-Priced (£ 35.00 )
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(Chateau Langoa-Barton (St Julien)) A very fruit-dominated nose, substantial but still showing that elegant crystalline quality from the primeur tastings, but with a more creamy sense overlaid. There is depth too, as seen on the palate where a very solid texture is backed up by a structural core of firm tannins and very fresh and bright acidity. Nicely balanced, showing some more evident structure only in the finish. Stylish with some good grip towards the end. Built for the long haul but this will certainly be fine given time. Very true to the vintage, and I like that.
(Chateau Langoa-Barton St Julien) Sweet fruit on the nose, dense and aromatic. Bright, vivacious, supple, but largely fresh, crisp and mineral. This is certainly a style seen in this appellation this year. A nice gentle substance, elegant, with a fine backbone of tannins and acidity. Good finish too. Fine potential.
(Château Langoa-Barton (St Julien)) Smoky and stylish on the nose, with confident fruit and a suggestion of depth and tension. The palate seems to confirm this; there is a fine-grained substance to the fruit at the start, and through the middle it carries a good weight accompanied by defined fruit and nicely hidden tannins. A wine of good structure, with velvety although perhaps rather firm tannins which should carry this forward nicely, and appealing fruit character.
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