52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc. Garnet with brick at the rim. Aromatically evolved with leather, tobacco and leafy notes but the fruit is still there alongside a hallmark smoky-flinty note. Palate juicy, fresh and digestible. Less overt weight but evolving nicely. Finish a little edgy but good drinking with food. (JL)
Anticipated maturity: 2008-2028
The 2000 Talbot shows a bit of bricking on the rim. It’s somewhat rustic on the nose, displaying licorice-tinged black fruit, marmalade and furniture polish and just a little brettanomyces. A light underlying balsamic note filters through with time. The palate is medium-bodied, quite savory and powdery in texture, with dry-ish, grainy tannins and a spicy but slightly austere finish.
Anticipated maturity: 2021-2030
Robert Parker 93
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.
Anticipated maturity: 2010-2025