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The wines of Château Talbot, Saint-Julien

Château Talbot, 33250 Saint-Julien-Beychevelle
Tel: 05 56 73 21 50 Fax: 05 56 93 21 51
E-mail: chateau-talbot@chateau-talbot.com

Fourth-growth Château Talbot is a large property in the heart of St Julien, with 104 ha of vines. It has a reputation for refinement and consistency, and is now run by the late Jean Cordier’s two daughters. Production levels of 330 000 bottles of the first wine and 260 000 bottles of reliable second wine Connetable de Talbot mean that there’s plenty for everyone.

Château Talbot 1996, Saint-Julien
A classic style; not a blockbuster. The nose is quite evolved and shows lovely leafy, cedary fruit with a pronounced mineral edge. Lovely balance on the palate. Drinking well now but still showing some savoury tannic structure on the finish, suggesting it could evolve yet further. Very good excellent.

Château Talbot 1998, Saint-Julien
There’s quite an assertive roast coffee note to the nose, with some savoury spicy character. The palate is dense, spicy and angular. Quite a firm tannic wine without too much charm at the moment. Good concentration, though, and it will be interesting to track how this develops. Very good+

Château Talbot  Caillou Blanc 2000, Saint-Julien
There are six hectares of white grapes at the property; 84% Sauvugnon Blanc, 16% Semillon. Subtle, grassy, slightly herbal nose is bright, and leads to a crisp, full flavoured palate. Tasty, but quite youthful at the moment. Very good

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