Bright ruby-red. Fresh, precise scents of red berries, aromatic herbs, orange peel and cedar but this seems a little light on fruit to me. Better on the palate, showing spicy tobacco, orange and dark plum flavors with chewy, mounting tannins. The moderately persistent finish reveals repeating herbal notes, and I wonder if this has enough fruit to go more than a decade or so. Currently, I would suggest drinking up within eight years or so from the release date, but it may yet put on some flesh before it hits the market.
Tasted blind. Mid garnet. Gently leafy nose. But pretty drying on the palate, needs a little more flesh in the middle. (JH)
Anticipated maturity: 2019-2025
Robert Parker 88
The 2013 Langoa Barton has a perfumed bouquet, touches of Asian spice and cedar infusing the black fruit, a touch of cold stone surfacing with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp, minerally red berry fruit, fine tension here with a simple, nicely balanced, fresh cedary finish. It could be described as a “workman-like” Langoa, but in a positive sense of the word. It does its job.
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2030