Château Talbot

Colour: Red
Country: france
Producer: chateau talbot
Grape: Bordeaux Red Blend
Region: bordeaux
Appellation: saint julien
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  • 90+ Points - The Wine Advocate

    ”The 2014 Talbot felt reticent and tightly knit on the nose, so I placed my glass to one side and allowed it to aerate for 15-20 minutes. This paid dividends as it revealed blackcurrant, smoke and tobacco aromas, hints of boysenberry with time. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, quite structure and perhaps needing more flow. It feels a little rigid at the moment and I would want more persistence and depth on the finish." Neal Martin

  • 90 Points - The Wine Advocate

    ”Talbot’s dense ruby/purple color is followed by an attractive, spicy, earthy St.-Julien displaying hints of tapenade, black cherries and soil undertones in a forward, lush, round, seductive style. This excellent, medium-bodied 2011 should provide delicious drinking for 10-15 years. Talbot appears to have succeeded admirably in this vintage.“ Robert Parker

  • 94 Points - The Wine Advocate

    ”One of the best Talbots over recent years, and possibly the best since the 1986 and 1982, this sexy juggernaut of a wine struts forth with an opaque plum/ruby/purple color and terrific notes of creme de cassis, licorice, roasted herbs and smoky barbecue. It is a brilliant effort, with full body, wonderful fruit, a savory, expansive mouthfeel, sensational texture and a long finish, but no hardness or astringency. This is a fabulous Talbot to drink over the next 20-25 years.” Robert Parker

  • 91 Points - The Wine Advocate

    ”Extremely sexy, soft, supple and opulent, with notes of cedar, herbs, incense and black currant fruit, this is a full-bodied, generously endowed but silky Talbot to drink now and over the next 20+ years. By any standard of measurement, this is irresistible.” Robert Parker

  • 90 Points - The Wine Advocate

    ”Black olive tapenade intermixed with red and black currants, new saddle leather, licorice and spice aromas are followed by a medium-bodied, juicy, succulent, fully mature 2003. There is no reason to defer your gratification any longer. Drink it over the next 3-4 years.”Robert Parker

  • 93 Points - The Wine Advocate

    ”This was a strong performance (better than my original notes suggested) by the 2000 Talbot. Close to full maturity, it exhibits a dense ruby/plum/purple color in addition to a subtle herbaceousness intermixed with smoked meats, black currants, licorice, cedar, and foresty notes. Rich and full-bodied with light tannins, and a slightly richer, more savory, broader, deeper style than I remember, it should drink well for 10-15 years.” Robert Parker

  • 96 Points - The Wine Advocate

    ”A fabulous wine, and one of the two greatest Talbots of the last 50 years, this wine still has a very murky garnet/plum/purple color and a spectacular nose of sweet creme de cassis intermixed with freshly ground pepper, melted road tar, herbes de Provence, and beef blood. It is followed by an enormously concentrated wine of full body, layers of concentration and sweet tannin. The wine seems to be just hitting its plateau of maturity, where it should last for at least 10-15 more years. A prodigious Talbot.” Robert Parker

Named after John Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury, who lost a battle in 1453 which meant that Bordeaux and its vineyards went back under French control after belonging to the British crown for over 340 years, this is unsurprisingly one of the best-known estates to the Brits. It is one of the largest estates in the Médoc and its 102 hectare single vineyard is located inland from the Gironde river and west of the hamlet of St-Julien-Beycehvelle. With a reputation for consistency, Talbot is one of the most carefully made of the St Julien Cru Classé wines and is a 4ème Cru Classé.

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