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Château Talbot

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2018 Château 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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2018 Château 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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2017 Château Talbot  (St. Julien) 91

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.

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2016 Château 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.

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2015 Château 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

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2014 Château 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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2013 Château 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

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2012 Château 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.

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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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2011 Château 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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2010 Château 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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2009 Château 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.

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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.

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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

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2008 Château 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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2007 Château 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.

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2006 Château 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.

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2005 Château 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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2004 Château 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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2003 Château 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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2001 Château 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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2000 Château 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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1996 Château 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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1990 Château 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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1989 Château 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.

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1986 Château 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

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1982 Château 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.

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1975 Château 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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1961 Château 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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1955 Château 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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1949 Château 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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