- Château Talbot
- St Julien
- Cab. Sauvignon/ Merlot/ Cab. Franc/ Petit Verdot
- Case size
Goedhuis, April 2010,
A surprisingly powerful Talbot that offers a perfumed nose of vanilla, black currant, red cherry and notable structure. Offering lots of concentration and masculine undertones, this is really strutting its stuff in 2009.
Neal Martin, March 2019,
he 2009 Talbot has a much more modest bouquet than the Gruaud Larose, missing the same horsepower and fruit concentration, airy in style, attractive but not as memorable as others. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, and a fine bead of acidity. Quite linear and conservative but with satisfying precision on the finish. It is a classic Talbot that should give 25 to 30 years of pleasure, though not the best amongst its peers. Tasted at BI Wines Spirits Ten Year On tasting. 2020-2033
Neal Martin, March 2019,
The 2009 Talbot has a refined, red berry nose with scents of leather, damp earth and light cocoa aromas. It just lacks a little power. The palate is medium-bodied with smooth tannin, and moderate acidity. Quite fleshy with conspicuous mocha-like notes, although it is missing some depth and certainly complexity on the finish. Talbot? Tasted blind at Farr Vintners’ 2009 Bordeaux tasting.
Robert Parker, February 2012,
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. Drink: 2012 - 2032
Robert Parker, April 2010,
This is the most impressive Talbot since the 1982 and 1986. It reveals an opaque plum/garnet/purple color as well as knock-out aromas of black fruits, cedar, incense, licorice, and a Provencal garrigue-like character. Substantial, sexy, and seductive, it is almost slutty in its exuberance and ostentatiousness. It was a thrill to drink this loaded St.-Julien. It should offer irresistible drinking over the next 20-25 years. Drink: 2010 - 2035
Decanter, April 2010,
Dense purple red, good earthy blackcurrant fruit, quite spicy, broad and open, very smooth texture and enough weight for the future. Drink 2014-22.
Wine Spectator, April 2010,
A red with a solid core of blueberry and currant aromas, with spices too. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a balanced finish. Very pretty.
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.