An exploration of wine

660. Château Langoa Barton, Saint-Julien, 1988

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Book 4 Wine 660

£35; 12%

Had 2 bottles of this 1988, through the 1st Princess Wine Club delivery – I think bought by his Dad en primeur. Either way, whilst I probably would not have bought it, and the 1st bottle wasn’t particularly spectacular, the 2nd bottle – this one pictured – was fading gracefully. The label was so cellar-soiled, that it had effectively been rotted away. Garnet core, with a medium, watery rim, and at most, a medium colour depth – almost Burgundian. A little cool to start, with redcurrant, dried blood, and a blackcurrant leaf, vegetal edge. Some hints of tea leaves and forest floor. Medium complexity, but quite elegant, and again somewhat Burgundian. On warming, earthy notes and something orange-blossom-like emerge. Medium-bodied, medium or just over acidity gives freshness, but still at least medium-intensity flavours of raspberry and redcurrant fruit. Dried leaf and meaty tertiary notes too. Medium length, and only background tannins left.

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