Still one of the best wines from this vintage, particularly in the Medoc, this wine shows notes of licorice, compost, saddle leather, and black fruits. Medium to full-bodied, fleshy and lush, with low acidity, ripe fruit, and an intriguing underlying smoky, herbaceous note, this concentrated, fully mature Talbot should be drunk over the next 5-7 years. Anticipated maturity: Now-2010. Last tasted, 6/02.
Chateau Talbot is a top wine producer from the Saint Julien appellation in Bordeaux, France. It is classified as a Fourth Growth according to the Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855, alongside nine other prestigious chateaux.
Chateau Talbot was the property of Sir John Talbot in the 15th century and after several transfers of ownership over the years, it was bought up by Desire Cordier in 1917. Currently, Chateau Talbot is managed by Lorraine Rustmann and Nancy Bignon-Cordier, the 4th generation Cordier family.
The surface area of Chateau Talbots vineyards encompasses over 100 hectares and is one of the biggest in the whole of Bordeaux. The grape selection is 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot. Along with the grand vin, Chateau Talbot produces a second wine labeled Connetable de Talbot (since 1979) and one very old dry white wine, named Caillou Blanc.
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