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Talbot 2000

RegionBordeaux
Subregion France > Bordeaux > Left Bank > St Julien
ColourRed
TypeStill
Grape VarietyCabernet Sauvignon/Merlot

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Tasting Notes

This was a strong performance (better than my original notes suggested) by the 2000 Talbot. Close to full maturity, it exhibits a dense ruby/plum/purple color in addition to a subtle herbaceousness intermixed with smoked meats, black currants, licorice, cedar, and foresty notes. Rich and full-bodied with light tannins, and a slightly richer, more savory, broader, deeper style than I remember, it should drink well for 10-15 years.

93
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (189), June 2010
93
James Suckling, Wine Spectator Weekly (23 Jan 03), January 2003

Some evolution at the rim. Hint of vegetation (moss?) on the nose. Smooth texture, big and bold, but definitely teenage and unformed - not yet evolved. I would wait for this to mature. Still very dry on the finish. Pure cassis and very straightforward. A bit stolid for the moment but it could well mature into something much more interesting. Drink 2012-2022 . Date tasted 6th May 09.

17+
Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, May 2009
91
Farr Vintners, April 2001
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90
Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

To my surprise, the in the bottle tastings revealed a supple, open-knit, surprisingly accessible and open-styled wine. Although not a blockbuster, this outstanding St.-Julien reveals admirable richness, a layered texture, sweet tannin, and abundant quantities of smoky cassis, licorice, herb, earth, and leather characteristics. With complex aromatics and splendid richness, it admirably blends power with elegance. Some tannin suggests 2-3 years of cellaring might be warranted, but drinking it now hardly seems like infanticide

90
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (146), April 2003

Although not a blockbuster, this outstanding St.-Julien reveals admirable richness, a layered texture, sweet tannin, and abundant quantities of smoky cassis, licorice, herb, earth, and leather characteristics. With complex aromatics and splendid richness, it admirably blends power with elegance. Some tannin suggests 4-6 years of cellaring is warranted. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2020.

90/92
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (139), February 2002

This wine is sexy, seductive, and undeniably difficult to resist, even at such a young age. The deep ruby/purple color is followed by a wine with low acidity, sweet tannin, and copious quantities of blackberry and currant fruit intermixed with new oak and spice. Initially superficial, it seemed to grow in the glass. While not a blockbuster, it is velvety-textured, succulent, and delicious. Anticipated maturity: 2002-2018.

90/92
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (134), April 2001
92/94
James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, January 2003
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