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Château Talbot




St Julien

Grape Variety:

Cab Sauvignon Merlot

Château Talbot, 4ème Cru Classé, St Julien, 2020

6x75cl £239.50

5 cases Equiv. £39.92 per bottle

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Tasting Note:

Jean-Michel Laporte is clearly delighted with his 2020 vintage at Talbot. The blend represents the highest percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend ever with 76%, the balance being made up with 21% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot. There’s a nicely perfumed bouquet of dark earthy fruit, cigar box, smoke, clove and graphite. On the palate there’s plenty of satisfying, clear blackcurrant and liquorice – one really feels the quality of the Cabernet Sauvignon – there is more gravitas and concentration than Talbots of old. It finishes with notes of black tea and shaved chocolate, suggesting there is good future ahead.

"The 2020 Talbot has a fragrant nose with black cherries, bilberry, wild mint and chalk, quite harmonious and gaining intensity in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with a sweet, almost candied opening, predominantly red berry fruit laced with mint and orange zest, and a liberal sprinkling of black pepper. I admire the way this Talbot builds so that it finishes with a flourish. This may well land at the top of my banded score. Drink from 2026 to 2055." 92-94/100 - Neal Martin, Vinous

"This is a great Talbot, a real success for the château. Subtle and deft touches throughout, from the smoked turmeric notes that lace the black fruits to the finessed aromatics that accompany the body of the wine. Balance and freshness, and a saline edge to the finish that is extremely moreish. Three years with Jean-Michel Laporte as director and he is doing great work." 95/100 - Jane Anson, Decanter.com

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