The 2001 Talbot is a little cleaner on the nose than the 2000, featuring pretty red berry fruit, wild hedgerow, balsamic and star anise scents and opening nicely with time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with more pliant tannins than the previous vintage and a grainy texture. Just a little dry toward the finish, but there s a pleasantly savory, oxtail-tinged aftertaste. Fine.
Anticipated maturity: 2021-2032
Robert Parker 90
Poured from a magnum, this has a very similar nose: soft, scents of mulberry plus a little more cold black tea this time. The palate is medium-bodied, well balanced with lots of cedar-infused black fruits. It actually reaches its peak some six hours after opening! Not a long-term Saint Julien but to reiterate, a nice a oeclassica style of wine. Tasted July 2008.
Very dry tannins but sweet palate entry. Clearly ambitious and solid. This should not disappoint. Very long and very "masculine". Lots of extract without exaggeration. Long.
Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020