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  • "This is a juicy wine, already bursting with fruit and well-integrated tannins." Wine Enthusiast
  • "The 2016 Talbot is shaping up to be a jewel of a wine." Antonio Galloni
  • "Great balance of fruit and acidity, this is one of the fresher wines of the appellation." Jane Anson, Decanter

Tasting Notes

Colour Garnet Red
Nose "The 2016 Talbot has a conservative bouquet with slightly leafy black fruit, a subtle earthiness that percolates through with time." Neal Martin
Palate "The palate is medium-bodied with crisp and tensile tannin. There is an edginess to this Talbot, and it does not quite possess the harmony and charm of other Saint Julien 2016s." Neal Martin
Food Pairing Candied Bacon Maple Cheddar Burger.
Cellaring 15 Plus Years
Notes The blend is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot.
Variety Cabernet Blend
Body Medium Bodied
Oak Type French Oak
Vintage 2016
Region Saint-Julien
Country France
Sustainability None
Alcohol 13.5%
Bottle Size 750ml (Bottle)
Closure Cork
Chateau Talbot
Médoc Grand Cru Classé, Château Talbot comprises of 107 hectares of vineyard cultivated in the heart of the Saint-Julien commune. An outstanding appellation it counts no fewer than 11 classified growths. The Château Used To Be The Property Of Sir John Talbot, Governor Of Aquitaine, Earl Of Shrewsbury, In The 15th Century.The Property Belonged To The Marquis Of Aux For Several Decades, Receiving Its First Cocks & Féret Lists In 1846 And 1855 And Fourth Growth Classification In 1855, Was Then Bought By Monsieur A. Claverie In 1899, Before Being Acquired By Désiré Cordier In 1917. His Son Georges, Then His Grandson Jean Inherited The Property And Since His Death In 1993 The Present Owners Are His Daughters Lorraine Rustmann And Nancy Bignon-cordier, The Fourth Generation Of The Cordier Family.

Ideally situated on the banks of the estuary of the Gironde on hilltops of alluvial gravel carried by the Dordogne River from the Massif Central and from the Pyrénées by the Garonne, Château Talbot’s terroir is exceptional.

In contrast with the austerity of concrete, here one encounters the curves and warmth of wood. With 1,800 barrels lined up in cool half-light, the cellar is maintained at 16° which creates the perfect cellaring conditions to mature their wines.
The wine is aged for 14 months in 50 to 60 percent new barrels, originating from eight different coopers. The choice of cooper, the length of aging, and the pace of racking vary, based on the style and development of the various lots. Regular tasting of the wines determines these choices and aging is continuously adapted to each wooden tank’s character until final blending.

Depending on the vintage, Talbot’s top wine represents 50 to 60% of the estate’s production. The estate’s rigorous selection enables the production of a second wine too, named le Connétable Talbot, this second wine holds an outstanding quality to price ratio.

Blending is one of the most delicate operations when it comes to producing wines. Varieties, parcels, terroirs, age of vines, new or old barrels, the many individual decisions render this operation incredibly complex. Nancy Bignon-Cordier and Lorraine Cordier, with the help of oenologist Jacques Boissenot and Stéphane Derenoncourt, seek to attain for each vintage the highest level of complexity for Château Talbot wines.
Saint-Julien is an appellation for distinctive red wines of the Haut-Médoc district of Bordeaux in the South West of France. The Appellation laws for Saint-Julien were created in 1936 and state that its wines must be made from grapes grown within the villages of Saint-Julien Beychevelle, or other specific parts of the areas of Cussac and Saint-Laurent. Some of the most renowned grapes approved for growth here are Cabernet-Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot. Located between the more famous appellations of Pauillac and Margaux, this wine region is a respectable source of refined, aromatic wines which also carry tannic and masculine notes.

Producing over 450,000 cases of wine each year, Saint-Julien is divided into two vital areas, which include the riverside estates around the village of St. Julien and Southern estates around the village of Beychevelle. Home to over 26 vineyards spanning an area of 910 hectares, this area is the smallest of the major Bordeaux appellations in Médoc, but has the highest ratio of classified terroir of any Bordeaux region. The soil type of this region is made up of extremely fine gravel for the vineyards bordering the river and for those vineyards more inland, the gravel is mixed with clay, that produce grapes with a wide spectrum of explosive flavour.
Wine Spectator
Pure, with a core of cassis and blueberry fruit streaming through, carried by ample yet embedded graphite-edged grip. Keeps a fresh feel through the finish. Lovely. 93-96 points.
Wine Enthusiast
Barrel Sample. This is a juicy wine, already bursting with fruit and well-integrated tannins. It is a wine with a medium-term future, best enjoyed around 2026. 93-95 points.
Antonio Galloni
The 2016 Talbot is shaping up to be a jewel of a wine. Black cherry, plum, gravel, smoke, lavender and mint all flesh out in this decidedly imposing, vertical Saint-Julien. Concentrated and forbiddingly tannic at this stage, the 2016 is going to need at least a few years to start coming into its own. It should age gracefully for decades.The blend is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot. Stéphane Derenoncourt and Julien Lavenu consult. Tasted three times. 92-95 points.
Lovely deep damson colour with violet edging that suggests a healthy pH. Great balance of fruit and acidity, this is one of the fresher wines of the appellation. The fruit is cleanly extracted, fresh and well paced, with a lovely layer of complexity driven by smoke-edged mineral notes. Aged in 50% new oak.

Drinking Window 2027 - 2050

Tasted by Jane Anson
James Suckling
A full-bodied red that stays in check with a firm and lightly chewy tannin backbone. Full body and an intense finish. Shows excellent potential. 93-94 points.


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