2007 wasn’t a great vintage in Bordeaux, and I found few of the 07s as new releases compelling. However, now with nine years of age, these two wines both showed extremely well and are in their drinking prime. Experience increasingly suggests that the poorer vintages in Bordeaux can still provide a great deal of enjoyment; let them settle for five to ten years and drink them sooner. It saves money too, as unlike Australian producers, prices tend to be vintage adjusted.
Here I had the fortune to taste these two wines blind. Château Léoville Barton and Château Langoa Barton are neighbouring vineyards in Saint-Julien, the former the larger with 51 hectares under vine, and the latter 17 hectares. I was about to recommend a wonderful Italian app that painstakingly identifies the vineyards of Saint-Julien (www.enogea.it/en/product-category/apps/) to add visual context, but it seems to have disappeared from our App Store. Both vineyards sit more or less in the middle of the appellation between the towns of Beychevelle and Saint-Julien off the D2.
Château Langoa Barton 2007
Developing, blackcurrant, earth, cassis and cigar box aromas. Medium bodied, fresh acidity and prodigious length. In its drinking prime. Wow territory for a 2007. (Alc: 13%, Region: Saint-Julien, Bordeaux, Rating: Outstanding, Drink: now to 2021)
Château Léoville Barton 2007
Blackcurrant, licorice and ferrous aromas. Seems riper and fuller bodied than the Langoa Barton. Long length, licorice, earth, firm tannins, iodine and bitters characters on the palate. Slightly richer, more languid and less formed than its neighbour. Wonderful finish. (Alc: 13%, Region: Saint-Julien, Bordeaux, Rating: Very Good, Drink: now to 2026)