It was good to see that our old friend Jean-Michel Laporte (formerly of Chateau La Conseillante) has recently taken charge at Talbot. The 2017 is 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot. No frost issues for the grand vin. Bright and fresh in aroma, there are notes of plums, cherries and a little fresh coffee. The palate is compact and fresh, with crunchy cherries and plums. The acidity is quite brisk and narrows the palate slighty, exacerbating the firm and unyielding tannins. This is not a charmer, but a classically proportioned claret.
|Score: 14.5+||Farr Vintners, April 2018|
The 2017 Talbot was picked from 18 to 4 October using manual and optical sorting, matured in 50% new oak. It has a relatively light but well-defined, floral bouquet, pressed flower filtering through that blackberry and boysenberry scents, a little clove and bay leaf lending complexity as it opens in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine but firm tannin that frame the slightly savory black fruit, just a little earthiness developing towards the finish. It is a classic Talbot really, exactly what you would expect for the vintage. Drink 2020-2036.
|Score: 90/92||Neal Martin, vinous.com, May 2018|
This is solid and structured with blackberry and currant character. Full-bodied, muscular and dialed-in.
|Score: 92/93||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2018|
The 2017 Talbot is powerful and dense, but also a bit rough around the edges, with burly tannins that add to that impression. It will be interesting to see if the 2017 acquire more finesse during aging. Based on the wine's persistence, there is a reasonably good chance that will happen. Intense blue/black fruit, gravel, smoke and licorice add to the wine's dark personality. Tasted two times.
|Score: 88/91||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, May 2018|
Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Talbot is a little closed on the nose with subtle plums and blackberries notes plus hints of underbrush, black olives and wood smoke. Medium-bodied with a firm frame of chewy tannins, it has lovely freshness and a savory finish.
|Score: 87/89||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (236), April 2018|
Deep crimson. Fragrant with both berry and leaf of cassis. Chalky texture but still fresh and just enough fruit to give a lively finish. Could do with a little more flesh in the middle but it is nicely scented.
|Score: 16||Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2018|
Talbot has produced an elegant, fresh and carefully structured 2017. This has plenty of finesse and rich black fruit flavours with some floral notes and cedar. It shows great St-Julien balance, but again just lacks a little of the impact that has been evident at this property over recent vintages.
Drinking Window 2024 - 2038
|Score: 89||Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2018|
The powerful, singular, graphite theme here is very enjoyable and the fruit is plush and focussed and it looks well-made and also smooth and long. With a polished feel throughout this is a proud Talbot and it is going to open up very slowly to reveal a rather ravishing creature. The tannins and acidity are both judged nicely and this will provide both early drinking as well as mid-term pleasure.
|Score: 17.5||Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2018|