2015 4ème Cru Classé Saint Julien
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Fresh. Showing Talbot medicinal Cabernet, cool and supple blackcurrant, then firming noticeably, but still fresh, still crisp on the finish. Rating: 92-93 L&S (Apr 2016)
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Dark crimson. Lots of sweet fruit but a slight lack of focus. Solid box-ticking wine but without real excitement. Drinking range: 2024 - 2040 Rating: 17 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Nov 2017)
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. Drinking range: 2020 - 2028 Rating: 91 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (May 2016)
A fresh nose, with crystalline fruits, a touch of icing-sugar sweetness, with a fresh, red-cherry fruit character. It feels a little sulphurous on tasting a second sample. The palate is fresh, poised, wrapped in oaky lactones, with peppery-acid freshness and a ripe tannic grip which seems well-judged. Medium bodied, fresh, an open substance with a classic, rather firm structure underneath, and a clean fruit profile. This is a wine with modest potential. A grippy finish. Rating: 15-16/20 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com (Apr 2016)
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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