Chateau Talbot St. Julien Bordeaux Wine, Complete Guide

talbot Chateau Talbot St. Julien Bordeaux Wine, Complete Guide

Learn everything about Chateau Talbot St. Julien, Fourth Growth with wine tasting notes and wine with food pairing tips. Learn the best vintages, a history of the property, information on vineyards and winemaking. 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 a negociant 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 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 angular, modern, architectural cellar design, with its handles, all in the shape of the letter T, as well as in the increased quality of the wines from coming from Chateau Talbot today.

In 2007 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, 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 Medoc 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. In late 2017, following the harvest, Jean-Michel Laporte was named the director of the estate, a position he previously held at Chateau La Conseillante in Pomerol.

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Chateau Talbot Vineyard, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The 102 hectare vineyard of Chateau Talbot 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.

With 102 hectares of vines, Chateau Talbot has one of the largest vineyards in the Medoc, and even more interestingly, that makes Talbot a contender for the biggest vineyard in the Left Bank that is in one large, single block of vines.

Although, their vineyard takes a few twists, turns and angles, here and there, it is truly a single, massive parcel of vines. They have good neighbors, as their vineyard abuts vines from Chateau Leoville Las Cases, Leoville Barton and Leoville Poyferre.

Chateau Talbot also occupies the highest elevations in the Saint Julien appellation at 23 meters at its peak. The terroir is mostly gravel, sand and clay soils over sandstone, clay, sand and iron, which is just below the surface.

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: 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 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, when 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.

When to Drink Chateau Talbot, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Talbot can be enjoyed on the young side with several hours of decanting. However, the wine is usually better with 7-10 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character.

In the best years, the wine will best between 12 and 20 to 25 years of age after the vintage. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 2 hours. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume.

Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Older vintages, from the 1950’s, 1960’s and 1980’s seem to age better than the current years. But time will tell.

Serving 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.

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

32 Vintages 201,043 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating

2019Château Talbot  (St. Julien)94

Refined, elegant, silky tannins, medium-bodied and fresh, the fruit focuses on its purity, length and persistence. The juicy black currants with a tangy hint of sweet cranberry on the palate are perfectly in synch with the tobacco leaf, cigar wrapper, spice and smoky cherry nose. This is going to be just great with 7-9 years of aging. Things continue improving here under the direction of Jean-Michel Laporte. 93-95 Pts

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2019Château Talbot Caillou Blanc  (Bordeaux)91

White peach, flowers, orange and yellow citrus open the nose. On the palate, the wine is fresh, juicy and ends with a creamy, sweet, yellow citrus rind note. 91 Pts

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2019Château Talbot Connétable de Talbot  (St. Julien)89

Medium-bodied, forward and already showing earthy red fruits, spice and leafy aromas, the wine is soft, open and accessible, with a sweet red currant finish. This will be great to enjoy on release while waiting for the Grand Vin to develop. 88-90 Pts

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2018Château Talbot  (St. Julien)93

Elegant and refined, this wine offers intriguing depth on the mid-palate. Medium-bodied, sweet, fresh and round, there is a nice touch of licorice, black fruits, earth and spice that carries through from start to finish. The wine is made from 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot, reaching 14% alcohol. This is the first vintage at Talbot with Jean-Michel Laporte in charge. 92-94 Pts

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2018Château Talbot Caillou Blanc  (Bordeaux)91

With a strong floral accent that plays escort to all the tropical fruits, orange and yellow citrus, the wine is fresh, refreshing and slightly honeyed in the juicy, ready to drink finish. The wine is a blend 69% Sauvignon Blanc and 31% Semillon.

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2017Château Talbot  (St. Julien)91

Medium-bodied, with a floral, tobacco, red cherry and crunchy fruit component in its core, those characters, along with toasty oak shine through from start to the bright finish. Classic in style, give this some time in the cellar before pulling a cork.

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Bright red fruit, crisp tannins, thyme, tobacco and cedar notes lead the way to a medium/full bodied, crisp wine with an earthy edging to the leafy, black currants in the finish.

2,334 Views   Tasted 91
2016Château Talbot  (St. Julien)92

The smoke, licorice, espresso and ripe dark, spicy fruits all shine with ease here. Round in texture and a touch oaky, the wine leaves you with sweet, dark red fruits, espresso and licorice, with a nice cedar note. .

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Medium bodied with sweet black plums and a licorice, espresso personality, this one is already approachable with round textures and an oaky, juicy, dark fruit finish. The wine was made from a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot.

3,218 Views   Tasted 92
2015Château Talbot  (St. Julien)92

A well made charmer. The wine opens with a smoke and espresso filled nose that adds black cherry, licorice and cassis as the wine takes in air. Soft, refined, forward and open, a few years will add more to the round textured, polished finish. .

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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

2,624 Views   Tasted 92
2014Château Talbot  (St. Julien)90

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.

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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

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2013Château Talbot  (St. Julien)88

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.

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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

2,269 Views   Tasted 87
2012Château Talbot  (St. Julien)90

Medium bodied, sweet and tart red berry dominated wine with an earthy, cedar and tobacco kick to the nose. Forward in style, the wine will drink well by its 10th birthday.

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

3,586 Views   Tasted 90

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

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2011Château Talbot  (St. Julien)89

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.

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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.

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2010Château Talbot  (St. Julien)89

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

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2009Château Talbot  (St. Julien)90

With a spicy, floral leaning to the fresh red fruits, you also find soft, polished, round textures, a medium-body and a finish serving up sweet, dark cherries, thyme and espresso. You can drink this young, or age it for more nuances and complexities.

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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.

10,006 Views   Tasted 90

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.

9,099 Views   Tasted 91

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

10,183 Views   Tasted 91
2008Château Talbot  (St. Julien)91

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

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2007Château Talbot  (St. Julien)84

Lean, earthy, medium bodied, tobacco and red berry on the nose. Light in color and in fruit, the wine is on the tart, herbal side of the style range and needs to be consumed.

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Lean, earthy, medium bodied, tobacco and reb berry on the nose. Light in color and in fruit, the wine is on the tart, herbal side of the style range and needs to be consumed.

3,932 Views   Tasted 86
2006Château Talbot  (St. Julien)89

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

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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.

4,203 Views   Tasted 88
2005Château Talbot  (St. Julien)91

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.

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2004Château Talbot  (St. Julien)88

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

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2003Château Talbot  (St. Julien)90

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.

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2002Château Talbot  (St. Julien)89

Better on the nose, with its fresh red fruits, herbs, cedar, tobacco and earthy, forest leaf profile, than on the full-bodied, crisp, firm, classic, four square palate. At 18 years of age, it could improve. But my guess is, the wine is formed. So, if you have a bottle, give it an hour or more in the decanter, but there is not much reason to wait.

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2001Château Talbot  (St. Julien)90

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.

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2000Château Talbot  (St. Julien)90

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.

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1996Château Talbot  (St. Julien)89

Fully developed, and in its sweet spot, the wine is medium bodied and easily offers up its smoky, earthy, herbal, slightly rustic, red berry character.

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1990Château Talbot  (St. Julien)89

Fully mature, the wine lacks the density and purity of its neighbors. But the fruit is clearly ripe. Better on the nose than the palate, the bouquet, with its cedar chest, tobacco leaf, smoke, thyme, and woodsy aromatics are a treat. The wine is soft and has taken the textures showing the patina of age. From memory, I liked this wine a lot more 10 years ago.

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1989Château Talbot  (St. Julien)87

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.

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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.

7,564 Views   Tasted 85
1986Château Talbot  (St. Julien)91

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.

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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

3,603 Views   Tasted 85
1982Château Talbot  (St. Julien)93

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.

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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.

5,245 Views   Tasted 91
1975Château Talbot  (St. Julien)86

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

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1961Château Talbot  (St. Julien)87

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.

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1955Château Talbot  (St. Julien)92

Surprisingly good, and in much better than the fabled 1961 and many other mature vintages of Talbot, the wine offers the perfect blend of tertiary notes and ripe, dusty, fresh piquant cassis and cherries. On the fresh side, but in the exact ripe proportion, the wine provided character, sweet and tart red berries and a gorgeous cedar and tobacco stained charm. There is no reason for further aging, but if you find a bottle in great shape at an auction, it is worth taking a chance on.

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1949Château Talbot  (St. Julien)75

At least this particular bottle has developed strong balsamic scents that almost overwhelmed the remain, tobacco, cigar box, cedar, leather and lead pencil notes. Not much fruit remained, as the wine has shifted to the sharper, brighter, acidic side of the tart, red berry range. Perhaps larger formats will show better, but this is a risky bottle to purchase today.

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