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Chateau Langoa Barton 3eme Cru Classe, Saint-Julien 2022

Langoa Barton has made an exceptional 2022 with scores from the critics as high as 96-97. We were all captivated by it when we tasted it in Bordeaux at the end of March; it is a brilliant Langoa... Barton. “the brilliant 2022 Langoa Barton... it should match or even surpass the 2019 and 2016 vintages, and it is sure to be one of the more intelligent purchases of the en primeur campaign.” William Kelley Wine Advocate Château Langoa-Barton, (like its sister estate, Léoville Barton) is one of the few chateaux, out of all the 1855 Classified Growths, that is still in the hands of the same family that was the owner at the time of the 1855 classification. The estate today is run by Lillian Barton after her father, Anthony Barton, one of the Bordeaux legends sadly passed away last year. The style of Château Langoa Barton is quite different than that of Château Léoville Barton. Though both are vinified and matured in exactly the same way, a large part of that of course has to do with their vineyards and their location - the vines for Langoa Barton are due south of Leoville Barton and face the River Gironde, with north by north-west exposure. The Château Langoa-Barton blend is dominated by hand-harvested Cabernet Sauvignon, but it sees a higher proportion of Merlot than Léoville-Barton and a touch of Cabernet Franc. The gravel-rich soils and cooling waters of the Gironde contribute to its silky, elegant appeal and ability to age gracefully. A fantastic wine from an excellent vintage - a beautifully balanced classic claret displaying typical St Julien restraint and elegance and in our opinion, one of the best value Cru Classé estates... "The 2022 Langoa Barton is vibrant and focused, as the best wines are in this vintage...There's a purity to the 2022 that is impossible to miss." “Langoa could turn out to be one of the Sleepers of 2022” Antonio Galloni
Pack Size: 6x75cl£214 (In Bond)
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In Bond£214En Primeur
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Chateau Talbot 4eme Cru Classe, Saint-Julien 2019

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (June 2020) A juicy, fruity wine with lots of blue fruit, blackberries and dark chocolate. Pretty depth and structure to this. Polished and structured at the same... time Neal Martin, vinous.com The 2019 Talbot has a very cohesive bouquet, "streamlined" being the operative word, before opening gradually to reveal a Pauillac-inspired aromatics, pencil shaving scents permeating the black fruit. Yet it is still unmistakably Talbot. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grain tannins, creamy in texture with more depth in the middle than previous vintages (a shortcoming that, estate director Jean-Michel Laporte told me in the past he wants to address.) The great aspect of this Talbot is that it doesn't take its foot off the pedal on the finish, exerting impressive grip with that pencil lead lingering in the mouth. Superb. Expect this to land at the top of my banded score. (June 2020)
Pack Size: 6x75cl£246 (In Bond)£314.42 (Inc. UK Duty & VAT)
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In Bond£246£314.42Immediate
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Chateau Talbot 4eme Cru Classe, Saint-Julien 2020

Château Talbot just released is one of St Juliens outstanding 2022’s. Jean-Michel Laporte (former La Conseillante Director) has made his best Château Talbot yet, reminiscent of the legendary 1982... and 1986, made during the glory days of the Cordier family. Big, juicy, velvety textured, with a ripe framework of tannins and bright acidity – gorgeous, classic St Julien with” lovely sense of place.” "one of the finest vintages from this château that I can recall... utterly classic, pure, lengthy Saint-Julien" 93-95+ points, Jeb Dunnuck “The texture is so beautiful and refined.” 94-95 points James Suckling "The 2022 Talbot is especially impressive, and if it fulfills all its promise, it is likely to emerge as this large Saint-Julien property's most exciting wine since the 1980s." 93-95 points, William Kelley “A great effort in 2022 with such excellent precision... and a lovely sense of place.” 95 points Decanter Since he arrived in 2018, Jean-Michel Laporte has been tightening up the screws. Following completion of their new cellar and winemaking facility in 2016, this estate has been on a steady upward trajectory. With meticulous attention to detail and greater diligence in the vineyard, resulting in a continued rise in quality as in evident in the wine and resulting rave reviews across the board. Talbot has a first-rate reputation and loyal following, due to the particularly charming character of its wine, which embodies with elegance all the complexity of its terroir. This is an excellent St Julien! "Jane Anson 95 This is a great Talbot, a real success for the château. Subtle and deft touches throughout, from the smoked turmeric notes that lace the black fruits to the finessed aromatics that accompany the body of the wine. Balance and freshness, and a saline edge to the finish that is extremely moreish. Three years with Jean-Michel Laporte as director and he is doing great work. Drinking Window 2026 - 2040"
Pack Size: 6x75cl£243.98 (In Bond)£312.00 (Inc. UK Duty & VAT)
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In Bond£243.98£312.00Immediate
In Bond wines have had no UK Duty or VAT paid on them. If In Bond wines are purchased for delivery to a UK address, UK Duty and VAT are required to be paid before the delivery can take place. If In Bond wines are purchased for storage in a bonded warehouse or for export, no UK Duty or VAT will be payable.