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Stéphane Dérenencourt has got involved in consulting here, and while he has not yet really changed much in the vineyards, the vinification is a little more 'pointu'. Even the Connetable (second wine) is worth a look this year - a delicious, mid-weight, supple St Julien, but Talbot itself - well it's the best wine here for a bit, in a property which seemed ever so slightly to be coasting. Very much based on its core of Cabernet Sauvignon, it is rich, harmonious and intense, hard to fault. None of what Michael Broadbent used to call 'medicinal Talbot Cabernet', rather a violet-scented freshness allied to a palate at once fresh and full of ripe black fruit Saint Julien Cabernet sweetness. Very impressive as well as already charming. Rating: 92 L&S (Apr 2010)
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Lifted aroma and only medium weight. Silky tannins. More transparent and open than most. Sinewy but very well balanced. A little inky on the end. 2017-2030 Rating: 17 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Jan 2013)
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. 2012-2032 Rating: 91 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (Mar 2012)
Further evidence of the quality of the 2009 vintage in St Julien, this is an exceptionally aromatic Talbot, with good structure, smoky oak, currant-like fruit, a hint of fresh tobacco and perfumed, cedar wood oak. Poised and elegant on the palate, with harmonious balance and a fresh, refined finish. Another wine for drinkers, rather than speculators. 15+ years. Rating: 94 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (May 2010)
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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