One of the best-known Bordeaux wine estates for the UK, not surprisingly as it takes its name from John Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury, who in 1453 suffered the ignominy of losing the battle, and his life, which led to Bordeaux and its vineyards slipping back into French control after belonging to the British Crown for over 340 years.
Over the last century it has been owned by the Cordier family, and the red wine of the estate has enjoyed a reputation of dependability. It is one of the largest estates in the Médoc and its 102 hectare single vineyard is situated inland from the Gironde River and to the west of the hamlet of St-Julien-Beychevelle. Talbot has a reputation for consistency and is one of the most carefully made and reliable of the St-Julien Cru Classé clarets. The best examples are richly aromatic with a bouquet of cedarwood and vanilla scented cassis fruits and with a palate packed with well-delineated, ripe, black fruits and finely integrated tannins. It is classified as a 4ème Cru Classé.
What an absolute belter of a wine! Richly structured, almost smoky with notes of coffee, chocolate, kirsch and spice along with a leafy, forest floor balance. The finish is long and deeply impressive, rounding out evenly and with a suppleness that is surprising for such a powerful St Julien. A classic claret.
Château Talbot 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 Château Talbot is then aged in 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 Château Talbot.