About the Wine
Undeniably, Talbot is one of the most famous Médoc wines and certainly one of the best values in Saint-Julien. The Cordier family (an important Bordeaux negociant) has owned Talbot for more than a century. Named after a British soldier and dating to the fourteenth century, his important estate consists of more than one hundred hectares of vines. Talbot produces wine that is recognized for the consistent quality of its vintages. 2014 is the first of a trio of highly successful vintages at Talbot.For many, Talbot embodies the ideal Saint Julien, a generous bouquet, extremely stable and dependable during aging,’ emphasizes Bettane and Desseauve in their Guide to French Wines.
Talbot has been classified as a 4th Growth since the 1855 Grand Cru classification.
At Château Talbot, the wine combines both the past and the future; respect for tradition and technological evolution live in perfect harmony. The outcome of the combination of techniques, soil, and the people who passionately work it, is wines loaded with character, harmonious, and complex with the promise of beneficial longevity. Bordeaux enthusiasts who have had the chance to drink Talbot for 10+ years know this is an amazing wine to cellar and is available at a price that won't break the bank.Indeed, compare the pricing of Talbot to its neighbors at Leoville Las Cases, Leoville Poyferre, and Leoville Barton, and you'll be giddy about the quality and value.
Talbot is a champion of longevity; even young Talbot is pleasant and rounded, always characterized by silky, mild, and very civilized tannins. Talbot possesses an expansive character. It’s never withdrawn into itself and has the courtesy of being in a good mood every day. It’s a racy wine, with floral aromas, complex marks of Havana tobacco and licorice, classically delicious without even the slightest hint of austerity.
Vine age: 50 years
Aging: 15 months in 50% New French Oak Barrels
Tasting Notes:Talbot can be wound up in its youth, but it's eminently drinkable. At 6-12 years, Talbot hits its stride and it's just yummy right now. An instant classic from a classic vintage, the wine has broad shoulders, but there are feminine qualities of floral aromas, bright black cherry fruit, and seamless integration. This wine is a joy to drink. Get it before it's gone.
The 2014 Talbot is soft, silky, and wonderfully nuanced on the palate. Much more refined from bottle than it was from barrel, 2014 has moved toward greater finesse over the last two years. This is a lovely effort. Lifted rose petals and lavender notes add closing nuance. The blend is 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, and 6% Petit Verdot. Tasted two times. ~94 Points, Vinous Media.
The smoky oak, full body, and chunky tannins make a bold statement; indeed, the wine has plenty of flesh and packs a big tannic punch on the finish. Best Talbot in years. Drink in 2023. ~94 Points, James Suckling
This wine is structured with plenty of supple tannins as well as fruit notes that are both ripe and freshly juicy. The texture highlights the dusty tannins at their best. ~94 Points, Wine Enthusiast
This has melded together nicely already, with a core of gently steeped plum, blackberry, and anise flavors intertwined with light licorice snap and roasted apple wood notes. Focused and solid, but with a charming supple edge. Best from 2020 through 2030. ~92 Points, Wine Spectator
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