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Talbot St Julien Premier 2005

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Château Talbot:
  Château Talbot is a Grand Cru Classé (Fourth Growth, Quatrième Cru) in Saint-Julien in Bordeaux, France. The estate was founded in the 15th century by Connétable John Talbot, English soldier and governor of Guyenne, who was defeated in the 1453 Battle of Castillon. It eventually fell into the hands of the Marquis of Aux, which lasted several decades before ... Read more
  Château Talbot is a Grand Cru Classé (Fourth Growth, Quatrième Cru) in Saint-Julien in Bordeaux, France. The estate was founded in the 15th century by Connétable John Talbot, English soldier and governor of Guyenne, who was defeated in the 1453 Battle of Castillon. It eventually fell into the hands of the Marquis of Aux, which lasted several decades before acquisition by Désiré Cordier in 1917. It was his son, Georges and his grandson, Jean, who propelled the estate to earn the reputation it achieved as one of the top wines of the Médoc in the later part of the 20th century. Jean Cordier’s daughter, Nancy Bignon Cordier and her husband, Jean-Paul Bignon, currently oversee production.    The vineyard area covers 102 hectares, with the majority devoted to red grape cultivation from vines averaging 42 years old. Cabernet Sauvignon is the dominant varietal, followed by Merlot and Petit Verdot. The whites (Caillou Blanc) are 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Semillon. In addition to Château Talbot, which represents nearly 60% of its production, the estate also produces Connétable Talbot as their second wine.  Read less

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Snooth User: Guy Potter
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5.00 5
10/07/2008

Five glasses


External Reviews for Talbot St Julien Premier

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
06/19/2013

Complex notes of fruit, herbs and spice. Restrained yet alluring. A beautifully pitched palate weight, delivering the ripe balance of the vintage in a sleek style. From 2012.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

A strong effort for Talbot, the 2005 is more showy and forward than most wines of this vintage. While there is plenty of tannin, it is sweet and well-concealed behind an intriguing bouquet of sweet herbs, licorice, smoked game, black currants, and cherries. This fleshy, medium to full-bodied St.-Julien exhibits a silky sweetness to its texture and tannins. Anticipated maturity: 2010andndash;2020+.


External Review
Source: Morrell & Company
12/10/2008

Sweet tobacco, berry and currant aromas follow through to a full body, with soft, silky tannins and a fresh, racy aftertaste of currant and mineral. The texture of the tannins is very beautiful. Best after 2016. –JS


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

This wine has turned out to be more impressive from bottle than it was in cask. It is a charming, intensely-scented wine with a telltale olive, earth, grilled beef, and black currant-scented bouquet soaring from the glass. Medium to full-bodied, with low acidity, and round, luscious, richly fruity flavors, this is a meaty, fleshy, delicious Talbot that can be drunk now. Anticipated maturity: Nowndash;2012.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

[Barrel tasting] Wonderful aromas of black currants and spices follow through to a full-bodied palate, with masses of velvety tannins and a long, classy finish. Almost classic. Best Talbot in years.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

hellip;one of the best Meacute;docs of the vintage. It is dark ruby, with a well-focused personality brimming with spicy, chocolatey, blackcurrant fruit buttressed by good acidity and high tannins. If the tannins fade a little and the fruit takes over, this will be an outstanding wine. Anticipated maturity: 1997ndash;2015.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

To my surprise, the in the bottle tastings revealed a supple, open-knit, surprisingly accessible and open-styled wine. Although not a blockbuster, this outstanding St.-Julien reveals admirable richness, a layered texture, sweet tannin, and abundant quantities of smoky cassis, licorice, herb, earth, and leather characteristics. With complex aromatics and splendid richness, it admirably blends power with elegance. Some tannin suggests 2ndash;3 years of cellaring might be warranted, but drinking it now hardly seems like infanticide. Anticipated maturity: 2006ndash;2020.


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