November 15, 2021 - Neil’s Langoa Barton @ Hawksmoor (Hawksmoor, Guildhall): Halfway through the case. Bright red fruit and classic cigar box when double decanted 2 1/2 hrs previously, but darker in the glass now. Fuller too. Lots of oomph here albeit in a classical frame. Proper claret. Does exactly as expected. ****
April 23, 2021 - Pristine condition, ex chateau. Pronounced nose intensity with notes of chocolate, spices, cedar. Medium+ acidity and tannin. Still have many years ago if kept well.
June 20, 2020 - Deep ruby. Cedar and pencil shaving nose at the woodier end of that spectrum. Trad claret, but this bottle lacking some flair. Solid enough. ***1/2
June 7, 2020 - 9/14, vg cork. Decanted 1/2 hr.
Deep garnet core, pale garnet rim. Nose is cedary, spicy, red fruited. Lightly creamy. Touch of earth. Medium bodied, elegant middleweight wine with cedary red fruit, some spice, firm but fine tannins, fresh acidity, lightly savoury notes emerging on the good length slightly firm finish. VGI.
June 2, 2020 - Posting an old note drank in 2012, deep red, ripe red fruits, pungent, medium bodied, lovely with food, tannic finish, youthful
February 7, 2020 - At 67PM: delightful, classic claret, at its peak, cedar, quite ripe, fersh and fragrant.
September 1, 2019 - Pure class. Textbook bordeaux but at its peak right now.
May 21, 2019 - Benefited from 60 minutes of decanting. Showing very well with 10+ years of development ahead but likely at plateau.
March 12, 2019 - Michael Schuster: 1996 Medoc - An Affordable Maturity? (Mullenlowe, C-Space, 37-45 City Riad, London, EC1Y 1AT): Dark garnet. Cassis, gravel, earth, cedar, leather. Developing. Medium fresh acidity, fine tannins, long finish. Sweet blackcurrant on the palate. Beautifully balanced, mid-weight. Benchmark St Julien in early maturity.
57% CS, 34% M, 9% CF, 12.5% alcohol
August 10, 2018 - Classic Bordelaise aromas of cedar, spices, herbs and earth, all framing a central core of red and black fruit. Medium weight, it had good acidity and enough tannic backbone to stand up to grilled steaks.