2003 - Ch Talbot 4ème Cru St Julien
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Talbot
Region
St Julien
Grape
Cab. Sauvignon/ Merlot/ Cab. Franc/ Petit Verdot
Drinking
2009 - 2018
Case size
12x75cl
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2003 CH TALBOT 4ÈME CRU ST JULIEN - 12x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Talbot
Region
St Julien
Grape
Cab. Sauvignon/ Merlot/ Cab. Franc/ Petit Verdot
Drinking
2009 - 2018
Case size
12x75cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £932.14 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDHA

    Goedhuis, April 2004

    Thierry Rustman, the owner of Ch Talbot, has a very simple mission. Unlike many Bordelais he just wants to make delicious wine year in year out, wine that offers pleasure without a huge price tag, nothing pretentious or over complicated. Because of this, Talbot is a wine with a huge following, not least from the Goedhuis team. The 2003 is a treat. With flavours of elderberry, blackberry and coffee, it has the complexity of grand wine. Its structure is ripe and seductive, its balance perfect. A must buy this year.

  • RP2

    Robert Parker, August 2014,
    Score: 90

    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.

  • RP1

    Robert Parker, April 2006,
    Score: 90

    From bottle the 2003 is showing as well as can be expected. A soft, sexy, near-term style of claret with a deep plum/ruby/purple-tinged color, a big, sweet nose of anise, creme de cassis, smoke, Provencal herbs, and some spice box, it is opulent, fleshy, not profoundly concentrated, but rich enough. Everything is nicely balanced with silky tannin and low acidity. Drink it over the next 12-14 years as this is a seductive wine. Drink 2007-2020

  • RP

    Robert Parker, April 2005,
    Score: 87-90

    This is a sweet, almost commercial style of Bordeaux with medium body, a dark ruby/plum color, plenty of charm, herbaceous/olive-tinged cherry and black currant fruit, low acidity, and a nice, plump, fleshy mid-palate and length. Although not as concentrated as the finest wines of the vintage, it is attractive, supple, and ideal for drinking over the next 10-12 years. Drink 2005-2017

  • JS

    James Suckling, April 2004,
    Score: 92-94

    Wonderful blackberry and violet character with intense aromas. Full-bodied, with big, silky tannins and a long, long finish. Super. Could be classic in quality. Could be better than 2000. -- J.S.

  • DC

    Decanter, April 2004

    Huge colour, lovely nose of violets and small berry Cabernet fruit, fine succulence and length, big, fleshy wine, yet very well balanced. Drink 2009-2020.

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Producer

Château Talbot

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.

Region

St Julien

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.