Château Talbot, 4ème Cru Classé, St Julien, 2017

  Château Talbot

We were greeted by the friendly face of Jean-Michel Laporte, formally Gerant at La Conseillante. He wasn't holding the reigns for the 2017 vintage, but whoever was should be well chuffed - this is an excellent Talbot. It isn't pretentious or profound, but it is an honest St Julien with a good core of wild berry fruit, Chambord and a hint of garrigue. It feels authentic and fluid with some nice savoury and mineral touches. The tannins are more refined than normal and are flecked with lots of starry fruit. This will be a pleasing and good value St Julien. 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot.

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.