2005 4ème Cru Classé Saint Julien
|Grapes||Merlot, Cab Sauv, Cab Franc|
|Classification||4ème Cru Classé|
57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 4% Petit Vedot. Fresh, crisp, pure and well-constituted, Talbot is not a lot fuller than the 2004, and has a touch of the herby Cabernet that is so typical. A wine of excellent balance and crispness, with a good tannic structure behind the fruit. A good wine which may drink younger than other Saint Juliens like Branaire or Lagrange. Rating: 91 L&S (Apr 2006)
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A sweet ripe nose of blackberry, a touch of raisin and plum that overall lacks a little definition. The palate is tannic and full-bodied with moderate rathern than high acidity. Thich chewy texture, very concentrated though perhaps a little conservative and blowsy on the savoury-tinged finish. A good Talbot in the context of previous vintages. Rating: 20/25 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (May 2006)
Full medium ruby. Very primary nose of cassis, licorice, earth and leather, complicated by an almost exotic note of chocolate. Then suave, broad and dry, with a fine-grained texture and very good palate coverage. Doesn't currently show the lift or intensity of the best Medoc wines of the vintage, but offers a fleshy, solid impression and finishes with fairly sweet tannins for this property. Rating: 88-91 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (May 2006)
Fine concentrated colour, solid cassis, intense, rounded and good length for the future. Drink 2010-20. Rating: ***/16.5 www.decanter.com (May 2006)
St Julien Quatrième cru 1855 John Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury was sent by King Henry VI to re-impose some English rule on this troublesome part of his Kingdom, but ended up being killed at the Battle of Castillon in 1453. Quite what connection he had with this particular bit of St Julien is unknown but, at least as far back as the 17th Century, the large estate in the centre of the appellation has been known as Château Talbot and it has generally been held that it was named for said John Talbot. Désiré Cordier bought Talbot in 1917 and it is still in the hands of the Cordier family. Sitting right in the middle of St Julien, surrounded by the great names of the appellation, and at 107ha of vineyard, Château Talbot is hard to miss. The vineyards are planted to 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. Fermentation takes place in a combination of traditional wooden vats and modern stainless steel, with the Grand Vin spending 14 months in oak (50%-60% new). There is a second wine named in honour of John Talbot, who's local title was Connétable Talbot. With such big production and with an easy name to read and remember in the English-speaking market, Château Talbot has a healthy following and reliable reputation. It is a reputation that Talbot, by and large, lives up to with well-flavoured structured wines.
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