Talbot 2003

SubregionSt Julien

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Tasting Notes

Black olive tapenade intermixed with red and black currants, new saddle leather, licorice and spice aromas are followed by a medium-bodied, juicy, succulent, fully mature 2003. There is no reason to defer your gratification any longer. Drink it over the next 3-4 years. Drink 2014-2018

Score: 90Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (214), August 2014

From bottle the 2003 is showing as well as can be expected. A soft, sexy, near-term style of claret with a deep plum/ruby/purple-tinged color, a big, sweet nose of anise, creme de cassis, smoke, Provencal herbs, and some spice box, it is opulent, fleshy, not profoundly concentrated, but rich enough. Everything is nicely balanced with silky tannin and low acidity. Drink it over the next 12-14 years as this is a seductive wine.

Score: 90Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (164), April 2006

Score: 87/90Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (158), April 2005

Talbot’s soft, forward 2003 is nearly ready to drink. Tasted on three occasions, it reveals extremely low acidity (to the point of almost being flat) as well as a deep ruby/garnet color, and a big nose of berry fruit, dried herbs, new saddle leather, and earth. Round, fruity, and charming, but lacking structure and depth, it should continue to pull itself together and reveal more weight and richness as it ages in barrel and bottle. It will be ready to drink early in life. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2014.

Score: 88/90Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (152), April 2004

Aromas of blackberry, currant and mineral follow through to a full-bodied palate, with fine tannins and a chocolate and light vanilla aftertaste. Subtle and long. Caressing texture. Hard not to drink now. Best after 2010. 31,785 cases made.

Score: 91James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, March 2006

Big, silky tannins and a long, long finish. Super. Could be classic in quality. Could be better than 2000.

Score: 92/94James Suckling, Wine Spectator (April 04), April 2004

Deep crimson. Scented and classical on the nose. Well balanced and juicy - no drying tannins on the end at last! Though there is a bit of acidity, and some rather obvious sweetness. (Average group score: 15.5)

Score: 16.5Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, October 2010

Slightly light crimson. Strange burnt note on the nose. Sweet palate entry – richness and then some dry tannins. A wine that definitely expresses the vintage. Quite impressive length. But still, this would admittedly look a bit wimpy next to a Napa Valley Cab but it’s classic Médoc.

Score: 17Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2008

Score: 16Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com (April 04), April 2004

Score: 15.5Farr Vintners, Southwold Bordeaux Tasting, January 2007

A dark, generous plump and sappy flavour with nicely judged oak and good length ... A particularly successful 2003.

Score: 16Michael Schuster, The World of Fine Wine (1), April 2004

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