Talbot 2011

SubregionSt Julien

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Tasting Notes

Talbot's dense ruby/purple color is followed by an attractive, spicy, earthy St.-Julien displaying hints of tapenade, black cherries and soil undertones in a forward, lush, round, seductive style. This excellent, medium-bodied 2011 should provide delicious drinking for 10-15 years. Talbot appears to have succeeded admirably in this vintage.

Score: 90Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (212), April 2014

Copious black currant, olive, unroasted coffee bean, forest floor and underbrush characteristics are present in this attractive, dark plum/ruby/purple-tinged offering. One of the lighter-styled 2011 St.-Juliens, the well-made Talbot can be drunk over the next decade.

Score: 87/89Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (200), April 2012

The Talbot 2011 has a tight, slightly pinched bouquet with blackberry and sous-bois, but missing a little "energy" considering that Saint Julien is one of the year's more consistent appellations. The palate is medium-bodied with light sappy dark berry fruit. The oak is nicely integrated although it is hampered by a rather dry, very conservative finish. It is not a bad Talbot, but it needs to evolve more personality. Tasted April 2012.

Score: 86/88Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2012

A juicy young 2011 with chocolate, berry and toasted-oak character. Full and rich. Needs time to soften. This is better than the 2010 Talbot. Try in 2017.

Score: 92James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2014

This is very fine for the vintage with a lovely blueberry and currants and spice character. Full body, with well-integrated tannins and a pretty finish.

Score: 92/93James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2012

Although the nose is firm and tight there is a richer sweeter feel on the palate. Bramble and bilberry give some freshness but the cassis and black cherry that show on the finish give it depth and richness.

Score: 88/90Derek Smedley MW, April 2012

Yet another example of the impressive quality of the St Julien classed growths in 2011, this is a deceptively forward blend, showing appealing aromatics, filigree tannins, cassis and cigar box notes and a fine, balanced finish with good oak integration. This won't keep for ages, but it's a delicious, old-fashioned claret. 8+ years.

Score: 94Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2012

Fine spicy cassis fruit and already showing smooth and elegant ripeness. It will open early but also keep well. Drink 2015-2025.

Score: 17Steven Spurrier, Decanter.com, April 2012

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