2015 - Ch Talbot 4ème Cru St Julien
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Talbot
Region
St Julien
Grape
Cab. Sauvignon/ Merlot/ Cab. Franc/ Petit Verdot
Drinking
2018 - 2028
Case size
12x75cl
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2015 CH TALBOT 4ÈME CRU ST JULIEN - 12x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Talbot
Region
St Julien
Grape
Cab. Sauvignon/ Merlot/ Cab. Franc/ Petit Verdot
Drinking
2018 - 2028
Case size
12x75cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £668.14 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, April 2016,
    Score: 91-93

    With a bright nose of red cherry fruits, this has a lovely clarity and purity to it. There is superb integration between fresh fruits, tightly knit tannins and a refreshing finish. A classical example of both Talbot and St Julien.

  • NM1

    Neal Martin, July 2019,
    Score: 93

    The 2015 Talbot shows much better now than just a year ago. Here it has a much more intense bouquet than Gruaud Larose and Lagrange. Upfront blackberry and bilberry scents, cedar and subtle mint aromas lend complexity with time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannin on the entry, a fine bead of acidity with layers of graphite-infused black fruit. I love the precision on the finish here and the persistence is superb. Impressive. Tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting.

  • NM

    Neal Martin, April 2016,
    Score: 88-90

    The 2015 Talbot has a very typical nose for this Saint Julien estate: unapologetically classic in style, reserved even, with very subtle blackberry and briary scents tinged with pencil shavings. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, moderate weight in the mouth, but it feels very linear and conservative towards the finish. Talbot rarely shows well out of barrel and can improve in bottle, so I will be a little more optimistic in my score and hope that it gains matière during élevage.

  • AG

    Antonio Galloni, April 2016,
    Score: 90-93

    The 2013 Talbot is a pleasing, accessible wine with good up-front presence and lovely overall balance. Dark fruit, leather, menthol, game, smoke, licorice and herbs add attractive shades of nuance throughout. The 2015 Talbot is a bit rustic and not especially complex, but it sure is delicious. Best of all, the Talbot should drink well relatively early and be priced reasonably, making it one of the better values of the vintage. Stéphane Derenoncourt and Julien Lavenu are the consulting winemakers.

  • WA

    Wine Advocate, February 2018,
    Score: 88

    Scented of crushed black raspberries, black cherries and currants with touches of herbs, garrigue and aniseed, the medium garnet-purple colored 2015 Talbot is medium-bodied and taut with firm, chewy tannins and an earthy finish. 88/100. Drink 2018-2028

  • JS

    James Suckling, April 2016,
    Score: 92-93

    A refined yet chewy young red with lots of blackberry and blueberry aromas and flavors. Full body, ripe tannins and a fresh and clean finish.

  • DC

    Decanter, April 2016,
    Score: 91

    Classic, robust and meaty Talbot fruit with slightly gamey spice, but more polish and lift in 2015. Always open in style but will last well.

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, April 2016,
    Score: 17.5

    (66 Cabernet Sauvignon, 31 Merlot, 3 Petit Verdot) There is a lot more fruit on Talbot this year and the oak retreats into the background which is a blessing. The red fruit tones manage to push any darker notes aside and this is not a bad thing because it creates a pristine and sonorous flavour. This is not a classic Talbot, but it is a very well made wine which will soften into a consummate charmer within the decade.

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2016,
    Score: 16.5

    A Stéphane Derenoncourt wine. Mid crimson. Fragrant. Not concentrated but fresh and vital on the nose. Absolutely classic claret for early drinking. Or airlines! Drink 2017-2024

  • TA

    Tim Atkin, May 2016,
    Score: 91

    Forward, floral and comparatively easy to drink, even from barrel, this is light, pure and attractive, all red fruits and tobacco leaf with textured tannins and well handled oak. Not profound, but appealing stuff. Drink: 2020-28

  • WS

    Wine Spectator, April 2016,
    Score: 90-93

    This distinctive wine puts a slightly chewy and austere note of warm stone alongside the vintage’s more typical lush tannins, giving this interesting contrast. The core sports solid currant and blackberry fruit, with ample length.

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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.