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Senior editor and tasting director Bruce Sanderson joined Wine Spectator in 1993. His tasting beats are Burgundy in France and Piedmont and Tuscany in Italy.
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A Textbook Claret for a Holiday Feast

Château Langoa Barton St.-Julien 2001

Bruce Sanderson
Posted: February 3, 2010

We spent Christmas on a Caribbean cruise. With a little advance research, I discovered that I could bring my own wine for a corkage fee of $18. So we hauled a six-pack of wines with us for the seven days on the ship.

I saved the best bottle for Christmas Day. It was the Langoa Barton St.-Julien 2001, and it cost $60. We had already enjoyed a few Bordeaux reds from the 2005 vintage; whereas they were riper and richer in style, the Langoa Barton was textbook claret.

The nose was complex, with a touch of coffee enhancing the cedar and black currant notes. Elegant and savory, the wine was balanced and long, an ideal red to accompany the roast turkey dinner. 91 points, non-blind.

WineSpectator.com members: Read the original blind-tasting review for Château Langoa Barton St.-Julien 2001 (92, $30).

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Josh Moser
Sunnyvale, CA —  February 3, 2010 11:17am ET
Bruce - You should try to locate a bottle of the 1997 Langoa Barton. I picked up half a case a while back at K&L in Redwood City for $40 a bottle. Great stuff. I wish I had more.

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