The 2005 is a very good Talbot indeed, a great value wine. With an elegant, floral nose, big vanilla and red- and blackcurrant fruit on the palate, pure and layered, the feel in the mouth is lush and round, with very fine tannins.
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.
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.