In the early 1700's the land was purchased by Bernard de Pontet who erected the imposing Chartreuse-style château in 1758 in a not disimilar, perhaps less grandiose style to Chateau Beychevelle. His successor Pierre Bernard sold the property under its erstwhile title of "Pontet-Langlois", to focus his attention on Château Pontet-Canet and in December 1821 Hugh Barton purchased the estate. He belonged to the third generation of the Barton family in Bordeaux. He had to leave France in 1793, after a short stay in prison at the time of the Revolution. He went back to the country of his ancestors, Ireland, but nevertheless maintained contact with friends in Bordeaux and for ten years or so tried to buy château Lafite. Not having managed to achieve this ambition, he made do with the magnificent château Langoa built in 1755 which was classified a 3rd growth in 1855. Today it is Anthony Barton and his daughter Lilian Barton Sartorius, 6th and 7th generation of the family in Saint-Julien, who manage the property producing wines of great class, elegant, soft and fruity.
Langoa Barton has 20 hectares of vineyards (Cabernet Sauvignon 71%, Merlot 21%, Cabernet Franc 8%) lie on gravelly-clay soils. Vinification includes 18 months' maturation in oak barriques (50% new). Langoa Barton is vinified and matured in exactly the same way as Léoville-Barton and any difference between them must be put down to variations in the soils and exposure of their respective vineyard blocks.
This is the Bordeaux family seat of the Bartons and is where both Langoa and Leoville Barton are vinified in vast and beautiful cellars. The chateau itself is one of the most substantial in Bordeaux and unlike its near neighbour, Chateau Beychevelle, is where Anthony and his wife and daughter live.
Despite its elegance and architectural splendour, it is also one of the most unpretentious places in Bordeaux. Château Langoa-Barton was the first of the two estates bought by Hugh Barton in the 1820s, the other being Léoville-Barton. They are both still family-owned and run and together represent the longest tradition of unchanged ownership in the Médoc.
Chateau Langoa-Barton 2003 St Julien, Bordeaux
Blackberry, licorice and cherry. Full-bodied, sweet and velvety. Long and beautiful. This is 2000 all over again, but riper, mild constitution, definitely St-Julien. Well done! Langoa is always a good value. Wine Spectator Review 92-94
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