Talbot, St Pierre and Gloria
There is a distinct St Julien theme to this offer. Henri Martin’s excellent St Pierre and Gloria, and the Cordier family’s Chateau Talbot are all a stone’s throw away from one another at the heart of the appellation. These were all solidly made, proper clarets that offer good value for money, and will be a joy to pull out of the cellar in ten to fifteen years’ time.
The Martin wines are impressive as usual. Jancis Robinson enthuses about Gloria. ‘Very good concentrated glossy fruit. Polished and racy. A very neat, accomplished rendition that's almost drinkable already, so well handled are the tannins. Bravo!’. The St Pierre is perhaps a little more ambitious still – a very stylish brace!
Talbot 2015 is a very smart wine, perhaps the most elegant we have seen at this estate since the 1982 and 1986. While it isn’t a blockbuster like Leoville Barton and Poyferre, there is plenty of substance and some rather refined tannins. People who follow this estate are rarely disappointed; 2015 will give a good deal of added pleasure.