- Château Talbot
- St Julien
- Cab. Sauvignon/ Merlot/ Cab. Franc/ Petit Verdot
- 2011 - 2027
- Case size
Goedhuis, April 2001
One of the best Talbots ever made, on a par with the 1982 and 1986.
Robert Parker, June 2010,
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, April 2003,
To my surprise, the in the bottle tastings revealed a supple, open-knit, surprisingly accessible and open-styled wine. Although not a blockbuster, this outstanding St.-Julien reveals admirable richness, a layered texture, sweet tannin, and abundant quantities of smoky cassis, licorice, herb, earth, and leather characteristics. With complex aromatics and splendid richness, it admirably blends power with elegance. Some tannin suggests 2-3 years of cellaring might be warranted, but drinking it now hardly seems like infanticide. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2020.
Jancis Robinson, April 2001,
Deep purple. Voluptuous nose. Very neat. Tannins at present a little tough and drying but well made and representative of the vintage. Needs considerable time.
Clive Coates, June 2001
70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot. For four years here they have not added the Cabernet Franc here, even this year when it was produced at 35 hl/ha. 57 hl/ha. 55% of the harvest in the grand vin. Fine colour. Profoundly rich on the nose. Very lovely cassis fruit. Fullish body. Ripe. Very good tannins. This has a lot of depth. Ripe, rich and posite at the end. Complex and positive.Finishes long. Very good plus. From 2010.
A mark of the significant English influence in Bordeaux, Talbot was named after John Talbot, Earlof Shrewsbury, who fought gallantly but unsuccessfully against the French in Castillon in 1453. For many years, it was a twin to Gruaud Larose which also bore the Cordier label. However, since 1992 Jean Cordier exchanged his shares in Gruaud to take complete control of Talbot. It is now run by his daughter Nancy. Talbot has produced a continuous stream of excellent wines vintage after vintage.
St Julien is like the middle child of the Médoc - not as assertive as Pauillac or as coquettish as Margaux. It lies firmly between the two more outspoken communes and as a result produces a blend of them both. St Julien's wines have often been sought out by aficionados for their balance and consistency, particularly in the UK. Yet due to its middle child nature, it can occasionally be overlooked globally and as a result underrated by those markets outside the UK. Despite the fact that it has no first growths, it has several second growths including Léoville Las Cases, Léoville Barton, Léoville Poyferré and Ducru Beaucaillou as well as the celebrated châteaux such as Talbot and Beychevelle.