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2013 4ème Cru Classé Saint Julien

Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Haut Médoc
Village Saint Julien
Classification 4ème Cru Classé
ABV 13%

80% Cabernet - compared to the planting proportion of 65% in the vineyard. Supple and fresh, 'not very dense', as they admit, but quite floral and attactive as an early drinker. Rating: 87 L&S (Apr 2014)

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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. 2014-2020 Rating: 87-88 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, (Aug 2014)

Dark ruby. Delicate pomegranate and violet nuances complement red berries and an aromatic leafy component on the nose. Light and lively on the palate, showing attractive inner-mouth perfume to the red and dark berry and cedar flavors. Finishes fairly persistent, with youthfully chewy tannins. If you don't mind lighter-bodied clarets, this young Talbot ought to hold plenty of appeal for early drinking. Rating: 86-89 Ian d'Agata - Stephen Tanzer website (May 2014)

The nose has bilberry freshness and although the start of the palate lacks a bit of depth there are some rich black fruits in the middle. The tannins are firm but not aggressive with black cherry and cassis filling out the back palate a giving a richer feel to the long finish. 2018-26 Rating: 88-92 Derek Smedley MW, (May 2014)

Château Talbot

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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