Six wonderful wines from Anthony Barton's cellars in Bordeaux. Here are Alex's tasting notes on the wines we tried on Wednesday:
Château Langoa Barton 2004
A ripe and robust wine that certainly packs a punch. Dark fruits with a touch of spice, cedar and vanilla.
Château Léoville-Barton 2001
A lean and “mean” wine with blackcurrant leaf flavours and harder tannins. The Ricky Hatton of wines, hard and moody but will soften in time.
Château Langoa Barton 1999
An elegant, open and friendly wine with velvety fruit and smooth edges. This wine is drinking superbly now and is a great crowd pleaser.
Château Langoa Barton 2005
A wonderfully round wine, rich and intense. It has great depth and complexity and the power of youth is still keeping it on its toes. It has dark fruit, muscle and spicy cedar. A baby Arnie.
Château Léoville-Barton 2000
My wine of the night. A Nigella Lawson wine– great curves and a twinkle in the eye. Concentrated fruit, elegant but firm tannins and a tantalising hint of mint. Delicious.
Château Léoville-Barton 1986
A wonderful perfumed nose, elegant and lifted. Aromas of savoury game, fig, worn leather and hints of blackcurrant leaf and mint on the palate. Medium –light in body.
Written by Alex Harper