- Château Talbot
- St Julien
- Cab. Sauvignon/ Merlot/ Cab. Franc/ Petit Verdot
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Goedhuis, April 2014,
The Talbot has good, intense and wild dark berry fruit aromas. In the mouth it has sweet tayberry flavours and is ripe and generous. Whilst not massively long, the subtle freshness of fruit on the finish makes it a good uncomplicated style.
Neal Martin, Octaober 2016,
The 2013 Talbot is missing some fruit concentration on the nose and consequently it seems a little dusty and dour. The palate is better: medium-bodied and providing more pleasure than the aromatics with red and black fruit, cedar and cigar box notes and quite driving acidity towards the finish that imparts freshness on the finish. If those aromatics can take flight in bottle, then this will deserve a higher score. It is a lightweight at the moment although Talbot does have a tendency to gain weight with age.
Neal Martin, April 2014,
The Château Talbot 2013 is a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot and 16% Merlot. It has a decent nose that actually has more fruit intensity than I expected, although it still feels rather conservative. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly tough tannins. They have certainly tried to extract as much as possible and credit to them that they have not taken it too far. It needs to gain more finesse by the time of bottling... let's see.
Robert Parker, August 2014,
Soft, ripe and fruity, the 2013 Talbot possesses light tannins, a supple texture, and plenty of licorice- and underbrush-infused berry fruit. This mid-weight, easygoing, forward, evolved wine should be drunk during its first 5-6 years of life.
Decanter, April 2014,
Fresh colour, floral fruits, quite lifted, some charm but could have more structure and depth. Drink: 2017-2025
Matthew Jukes, April 2014,
Quite plummy and bright with nicely judged fruit. Some minty notes but they are clean and not astringent. Oak is well balanced and juicy, too. Good, straightforward, classic St-Julien.
Jancis Robinson, April 2014,
Very red-fruited nose – unexpected but very attractive. Owes a lot to Pinot Noir, in fact – that pure red-berry flavour. Sweet, creamy oak, very fine tannins. Light but not dilute. Excellent quality of fruit. (RH)
Tim Atkin, May 2014,
A château that benefits from the advice of two consultants (Stéphane Derenoncourt and Eric Boissenot), Talbot is firmly back on form. Sweet bramble and primary fruit flavours, finely wrought tannins and well integrated oak combine appealingly here. 2018-24
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.