Chateau Talbot St. Julien Bordeaux Wine, Complete Guide

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Everything about Chateau Talbot St. Julien , Fourth Growth Bordeaux producer, with wine tasting notes , wine and food pairing tips, best vintages, a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all the best Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau Talbot Overview and History

Legend has it that Chateau Talbot takes its name from an ancient British soldier, Connetable Talbot. In 1453, Talbot was killed during the battle in the fight at Castillon and the estate was named in his honor. Jumping ahead a few hundred years, Chateau Talbot remained in the hands of the d’Aux-Lally family until 1917, when the Cordier family bought the property.

The Cordier family were well known in Bordeaux as negociants and for decades they were responsible for distributing 100% of the wine from Chateau Talbot. That is no longer the case as the wines are now sold openly on the Place de Bordeaux to a wide variety of negociants. The Cordier family also owned another famous Saint Julien estate, Chateau Gruaud Larose as well other vineyards including Chateau Senejac in the Haut Medoc appellation. Lorraine Cordier and Nancy Bignon-Cordier, the daughters of Jean Cordier own and manage Chateau Talbot today.

Chateau Talbot the Modern Era

Over the past several years, the family has invested in improving the quality of their Left Bank wines as well as the vineyards and wine making facilities and barrel cellars. Wanting to take advantage of every possibility for making the most of their terroir at Chateau Talbot, they have two consultants, Stephane Derenoncourt and Jacques Boissenot. To further the potential of Chateau Talbot, they also completely renovated their cellars, wine making facilities, vat rooms and barrel cellars. The improvement can be seen in the increased quality of the wines from coming from Chateau Talbot today.

In 2007, Chateau Talbot changed direction in an effort to improve their wine. One of their first decisions was to hire Stephane Derenoncourt as their consultant. Prior to working with Stephane Derenoncourt, following picking, Chateau Talbot used to place the berries in a tunnel that blew warm air to remove excess moisture. That practice is no longer used today. Another change has been to pick fruit at higher degrees of ripeness while increasing their levels of sorting and reducing their yields. Chateau Talbot has also begun experimenting with the Genodics system in their vineyards. The Genodics system emits various sounds and frequencies to enhance or curtail the growth of proteins in the vines. The hope is that the various levels of frequencies reduce or remove the ability of parasites and diseases from developing.

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Chateau Talbot Vineyard, Terroir, Grapes , Winemaking
The vineyard of Chateau Talbot occupies 102 hectares of vines in the Medoc in the Saint Julien appellation. With that much land, Chateau Talbot has one of the largest vineyards in the Medoc and even more interestingly, that makes Chateau Talbot a contender for the largest vineyard in the Left Bank that is in one large block. Chateau Talbot also occupies the highest elevations in the Saint Julien appellation at 23 meters at its peak. The terroir of Chateau Talbot is mostly gravel, sand and clay soils over sandstone, clay, sand and iron, which is just below the surface. The vineyard is planted to 66% Cabernet Sauvignon , 26% Merlot , 5% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc . This shows a decrease in the amount of Cabernet Sauvignon that was planted in the vineyard as recently as the mid, 1990’s.

There is also a small section of land, about 5 hectares devoted to the production of white Bordeaux wine made from plantings of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon . The white wine vines are planted to 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Semillon in a cooler terroir that has much more clay in the soil. The vines for the red wine are on average around 30 years old. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 7,700 vines per hectare.

Chateau Talbot Winemaking

To produce the red wine of Chateau Talbot, the wine is vinified in a combination of temperature controlled, large, truncated, wood vats and stainless steel tanks. The stainless steel tanks are used only for the young vines. The wine of Chateau Talbot is then aged in 50% to 60% new, French oak barrels for an average of 14-16 months. On average, the production of the Grand Vin is close to 25,000 cases per year of Chateau Talbot.

The best vintages of Chateau Talbot are: 2015, 2014, 2010, 2009, 2005, 1986, 1982 and 1961. Older vintages of Chateau Talbot are said to have the ability to age, so they might be worth taking a risk on buying at auction.

Chateau Talbot White Bordeaux Wine

Chateau Talbot also produces a white Bordeaux wine called Le Caillou Blanc. Le Caillou Blanc is the only white wine produced in the Saint Julien appellation. In fact, it is also one of the first white Bordeaux wines ever produced in the Medoc. The first vintages of Talbot Le Caillou Blanc came out in the 1930’s. There is a second wine , Connetable Talbot as well as a third wine, Seigneur de Talbot.

Serving and Decanting Chateau Talbot with the Best Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Chateau Talbot is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages can be decanted for 2-3 hours. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Talbot is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, stewed and grilled dishes. Talbot is also good when served with Asian dishes, hearty seafood or richly textured fish like tuna, mushrooms, pasta and cheese.

Château Talbot Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2015 Château Talbot St. Julien.

    1. Espresso, smoke, licorice, cassis and black cherry create the nose. Forward in style with round-textures and an earthy, blackberry and cassis finish. 91 - 93 Pts

      92 points - Tasted
  2. 2014 Château Talbot St. Julien.

    1. Medium bodied, with bit of strictness in the tannin that leaves you with a touch of dryness in the finish, that takes away from the otherwise, complex aromatics and tasty, spicy, earthy fruits.

      90 points - Tasted
    2. Forward in style with a nose of espresso, blackberry, dark cherry, cocoa and the woodsy aroma of terre-mere, this round-textured wine radiates an easy-to-like quality which is soft, fresh and clean. This is the best vintage for Talbot produced with the aid of the Stephane Derenoncourt team yet. 91-93 Pts

      92 points - Tasted
  3. 2013 Château Talbot St. Julien.

    1. With a nice floral note on top of the red fruits, licorice and espresso, this medium bodied wine is set to give early drinking pleasures.

      88 points - Tasted
    2. Medium bodied with a whiff of oak in the red berry nose, the wine is on the light side. This is for early drinking in its first decade of life. 87-88 Pts

      87 points - Tasted
  4. 2012 Château Talbot St. Julien.

    1. Medium bodied, forward, with an open style that is already showing off its licorice, espresso, black cherry and round, earthy profile.

      90 points - Tasted
    2. Licorice, black raspberry, and espresso scents open to a soft, polished, round, medium-bodied wine filled with black cherries. From a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot, the wine reached 13.6% alcohol. 89-91 Pts

      90 points - Tasted
  5. 2011 Château Talbot St. Julien.

    1. Smoke, juicy, ripe, dark, red berries, licorice and espresso beans create the aromatics. The tannins are a bit dry, which carries through into the finish.

      89 points - Tasted
    2. With truffle, coffee, smoke and black cherry jam, this medium-bodied wine has round tannins with a short, fresh red berry finish. 88-90 Pts.

      88 points - Tasted
  6. 2010 Château Talbot St. Julien.

    1. 2010 Talbot Using 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot, the wine offers cassis, earth and tobacco scents. Medium/full bodied, the cassis filled finish shows a hint of green flavors in the end. 88-90 Pts

      89 points - Tasted
  7. 2009 Château Talbot St. Julien.

    1. Blending 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot, thanks to the help of consultant, Stephane Derenoncourt, the wine offers polished, round textures and a perfume loaded with coffee, ripe, juicy, dark berries, licorice and black cherry jam.

      90 points - Tasted
    2. Deeply colored, with aromas of licorice, cassis, herbs, oak and earth, this charming, full bodied, round textured St. Julien wine is filled with juicy ripe blackberries and cassis.

      91 points - Tasted
    3. 2009 Talbot is earthy, offering licorice covered dark berry flavors with soft opulent textures, and a sweet finish filled with cassis, spice, and fennel. 90-92 Pts

      91 points - Tasted
  8. 2008 Château Talbot St. Julien.

    1. 08 Château Talbot is a big step up from previous vintages. Cassis, oak, and spice are in the bouquet. Even though opulent in texture, the wine lacks some concentration. What’s behind the improvement in the estate is the recent decision to hire Stephane Derenoncourt as the consultant. 90-92 Pts

      91 points - Tasted
  9. 2006 Château Talbot St. Julien.

    1. Better on the earthy, tobacco and crisp red berry nose, than on the lean, medium bodied, firm, palate.

      89 points - Tasted
    2. Foursquare, medium bodied and focused on the crisp, red berry side of the Cabernet Sauvignon, lovers of older, less ripe styles of wine should be all over this.

      88 points - Tasted
  10. 2005 Château Talbot St. Julien.

    1. Tannic, tight and still a touch okay, this is soft and approachable at a young age for Talbot. Licorice, earth, cassis, blackberry, smoke and coffee aromas lead to a fresh, round, dark berry filled finish. Another 5 years will add a lot of complexity to this wine.

      91 points - Tasted
  11. 2004 Château Talbot St. Julien.

    1. Mature, medium bodied, with a focus on bright red fruits, cranberry, herbs and earth in its personality.

      88 points - Tasted
  12. 2003 Château Talbot St. Julien.

    1. Already developed, this soft, lush, round textured St. Julien offers blackberry, black cherry, herbs, spice, earth and tobacco notes. This medium bodied wine is not going to make old bones. I'd drink it now, or at least finish it by the time the wines hits 15 years of age, give or take a few years.

      90 points - Tasted
  13. 2001 Château Talbot St. Julien.

    1. There is a lot of classic charm here, with its tobacco, black raspberry, cedar and earthy character. The tannins are soft, but present, letting you know this is nice now, and will be better with a bit more time in the bottle.

      90 points - Tasted
  14. 2000 Château Talbot St. Julien.

    1. Earth, barnyard, green olive tapenade, cassis and herbal aromas lead to a Bordeaux wine on the lean, austere side. The finish offers cassis, olives and a drying tannic finish. Still young, perhaps this will fill out with time, but it will always maintain the herbaceous, olive profile.

      90 points - Tasted
  15. 1989 Château Talbot St. Julien.

    1. Typical Cordier funk nose with a touch of barnyard, cassis, black fruit, tobacco and a hint of rhubarb. Decent texture, but not much elegance or excitement. The wine delivers more on the nose than the palate.

      87 points - Tasted
    2. Typical Cordier funk nose with a touch of barnyard, cassis, and black fruit, along with a hint of rhubarb. Decent texture, but not much elegance or excitement.

      85 points - Tasted
  16. 1986 Château Talbot St. Julien.

    1. Powerful, masculine, brawny and still tannic, the wine is concentrated with beefy, dark fruits, earth and tobacco. Classic in style, with a lot of earth, cigar box, cedar and barnyard, some people are going to like this more than others.

      91 points - Tasted
    2. It is a brutish style, but if you're looking for a boatload of ripe Cabernet fruit served with a massive dose of tannin, you found it! If you're seeking wines that exchanges elegance for power, this is it

      85 points - Tasted
  17. 1982 Château Talbot St. Julien.

    1. Fully mature, with a nose of tobacco, cigar box, cassis, figs and a hint of jam. The wine is full bodied, concentrated and feels great through the earthy, cassis and cigar wrapper finish.

      93 points - Tasted
    2. Barnyard, earth, leather, tobacco, cedar and black cherry, some rusticity and dryness in the textures with an earthy, solid textured, tart cassis and olive finish. This one of those wines that fans of more traditional Bordeaux will like it a lot more than I did.

      91 points - Tasted
  18. 1975 Château Talbot St. Julien.

    1. Tough, austere and strict, the wine lacks charm. Lovers of these old, classic vintages could like this better than I did.

      86 points - Tasted
  19. 1961 Château Talbot St. Julien.

    1. Starting to dry out, medium bodied with more cranberry than cassis, tobacco, earth, smoke, wet forest floor and cigar box, the finish has started to take on tart, rustic qualities. Better on the nose than the palate. drink up.

      87 points - Tasted