Château Talbot, 4ème Cru Classé, St Julien, 2014

  Château Talbot

"The Château Talbot 2014 has a simple bouquet that is missing the sophistication and nuance that is a consistent in Saint Julien wines this year. Aerating the glass for 5 minutes does seem to evolve more delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with chalky tannin. There is a nice line of acidity here, a little hardness towards the finish but an attractive spicy aftertaste that lingers in the mouth. I can envisage this to be a more austere Saint Julien but if it gains flesh during élevage it could be an interesting proposition. Drink: 2018 - 2035."

89/91+/100 - Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, April 2015

Contains Sulphites.

About Château Talbot

Talbot’s history is rather more interesting than some of its wines... Named after the Earl of Shrewsbury, John Talbot who suffered defeat and death at the hands of the French which resulted in the Bordeaux vineyards being repatriated after 340 years of British rule.

Today, this 4th growth St Julien estate produces solid and well priced wines, but is rarely spectacular. Those who have tasted the 1982 and 1986 vintages (under Cordier control) will testify to their excellence; sadly these feats haven’t been repeated recently.

Appellation: St Julien

St-Julien may not have any first growths like its neighbour Pauillac but has a raft of high-performing Châteaux in its ranks, second through to fourth growths, Including Ducru-Beaucaillou, Léoville Las Cases, Léoville-Poyferré, Léoville-Barton. Gruaud-Larose and Talbot. For many St-Julien is quintessential claret, robust, powerful but refined subtle and poised. Gravelly soils dominate, hence wide plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon with some Merlot.

Grape Blend: Cab. Sauvignon | Merlot

A classic partnership. The stock left bank Bordeaux blend also used to good affect in the New World. Cabernet's, acidic, tannic complex qualities marry ideally with Merlot's sweet, softy flesh characteristics.