2018 Château Talbot, Cru Classé St-Julien

An estate on the up. Quite closed but serious on the nose, with real intensity of fruit. This is very Cabernet, stony and mineral and long, with plenty of tannins. Feel power, but with dancing acidity. Excellent.

Critic score
93.25/100
Pricing
Bottle
En primeur
In stock
£54.88
Case, 6 Bottles
En primeur
In stock
£329.28

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Saint-Julien, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
  • Grape
    68% Cabernet Sauvignon
    28% Merlot
    4% Petit Verdot
  • Maturity
    Young 2026 - 2045
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • Classification
    Cru Classé (Medoc & Sauternes)
2018 Château Talbot, Cru Classé St-Julien

TASTING NOTES

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2018 Talbot is just a little reduced to begin, opening out to reveal notions of warm red and black currants, baked plums and mulberries with touches of sautéed herbs, tilled soil, fallen leaves and unsmoked cigars. Medium to full-bodied, it has commendably ripe, fine-grained tannins and restrained, earthy layers on offer in the mouth with an herbal lift on the finish.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (April 2019)
(91—93)/100

A great St-Julien that reflects the estate more than the vintage - a definite compliment to the winemaking team as well as those 50-year-old (on average) vines that are less swayed by climatic changes. This is full of blackberry and bilberry, with a touch of tobacco on the nose. There's good sweetness to the fruit, and although it's not quite as punchy, deep or concentrated as some, this means that it has a beautifully balanced appellation signature. 45hl/ha yield. 60% new oak.

Jane Anson, Decanter (April 2019)
(94)/100

Very attractive core of pretty fruit and polished yet chewy tannins. Medium to full body, integrated tannins and a driven finish. One of the best Talbots in a long time.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (April 2019)
(94—95)/100

The 2018 Talbot is super-refined and nuanced from start to finish. Powerful yet also impeccably refined. Talbot is a wine of real character and glass. Savory Cabernet Sauvignon inflections of grilled herbs, cedar, tobacco, menthol, licorice and coffee all add shades of nuance. At times, Talbot can be a bit light. Not in 2018. Simply put, the 2018 Talbot is stellar. Tasted two times.

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com (April 2019)
(91—94)/100