2020 Bordeaux En Primeur Report – Episode 16 – Léoville, Langoa & Mauvesin Barton

2020 Bordeaux En Primeur Report

Episode 16 – Léoville Barton & Family

 

2020 Château Léoville Barton, 2ème Cru Saint-Julien

85.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14.5% Merlot

60% new oak

13.6% alc

34 hL/ha

Harvested 14th – 15th September and 21st – 28th September

Like its sibling, Langoa, the nose on this wine is jaw-droppingly beautiful.  There is power here and also a degree of wild fruit on top of the more ordered flavours which I find fascinating.  While the oak is rather bombastic and powerful there is plenty of fruit here to soak it all up.  The tannins are tremendously fit and they don’t dry the palate at all, preferring to finish crisp and refined.  2020 Léoville Barton is not in a rush.   This is a wine that will need a degree of considered cellaring before you open a bottle, but when you do it will be a gripping experience.  The balance in this wine is truly exquisite from start to finish.  18.5+/20

2020 Château Langoa Barton, 3ème Cru Saint-Julien

53.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 8.5% Cabernet Franc

60% new oak

13.5% alc

34 hL/ha

Harvested 14th – 15th September and 21st – 28th September

This is a great vintage for Langoa with tremendous depth of fruit and amazing length, too.  The nose is sensational and the weight is medium-plus, as opposed to full.  The cassis and black cherry notes are sublime and the detail and oak integration is thrilling  I went back to this wine many times and on each occasion,  I found more and more fruit and spice.  I cannot recommend 2020 Langoa enough. 18+/20

2020 Château Mauvesin Barton, Moulis-en-Médoc

59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc

33% new oak

12.65% alc

Harvested 21st September – 2nd October

This is a fairly firm Mauvesin with a deep purple hue, a bright blackberry-themed perfume, a sleek palate and a perky, mint-flecked finish.  There is a tension throughout the experience that points at the slightly compressed vintage and also the firmness of the acidity which refreshes the palate beautifully.  Many wines in this vintage have a feeling of slight unripeness but Mauvesin feels complete in spite of its tender alcohol level and this makes it a resounding success in 2020.  16.5+/20

Scores – I have attached my scores out of 20 for each wine.  If a score has no ‘+’, this indicates a wine that is in balance and can be drunk relatively young thanks to its precocity and charm. One ‘+’ indicates a wine that will benefit from medium-term ageing (in accordance with the style of the wine), while two ‘++’ indicates a wine that should manage to make the long haul, softening and evolving as it goes.