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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

External Reviews for Talbot St Julien Premier

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
01/10/2013

Full medium ruby. Very primary nose of cassis, licorice, earth and leather, complicated by an almost exotic note of chocolate. Then suave, broad and dry, with a fine-grained texture and very good palate coverage. Doesnandrsquo;t currently show the lift or intensity of the best Medoc wines of the vintage, but offers a fleshy, solid impression and finishes with fairly sweet tannins for this property.


External Review
05/18/2011

There is a great link here between the tannins, delicious red berry fruits and black currants and the almost architectural structure. The wine certainly has fine fruit and great balance. It is complete, finishing gently, ripe and soft.


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
05/18/2011

Very good, but slightly disappointing. More on the nose than on the palate. Extremely pretty aromas of berry and tobacco, with hints of vanilla. medium-bodied, with fine tannins and a fresh finish. A bit short. Drink now.


External Review
05/18/2011

...one of the best Médocs 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: 1997-2015.


External Review
05/18/2011

(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.


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