The 2006 Talbot offers this Saint-Julien s trademark cedar and tobacco scents and as I remarked previously, there is a scent of walking around a stately home. The palate is medium-bodied with decent weight, rather austere in style and needing more flesh to come through on the finish. Respectable given the vintage but not the most exciting Talbot that you will ever taste. Tasted at a private lunch in London.
Anticipated maturity: 2019-2030
Robert Parker 88
Tasted at Bordeaux Index’s annual 10-Year On tasting in London. The 2006 Chateau Talbot already shows more maturity in the glass, though nothing to get too concerned about. The nose is very traditional with cedar and tobacco scents dominating the fruit, a touch of the old "stately home." The palate is medium-bodied with dry tannin, moderate weight in the mouth, but with a rather austere finish. It has character, if not quite the class of its peers this vintage. Tasted January 2016.
Anticipated maturity: 2016-2026
62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc. Dense core with a touch of brick at the rim. Bright and vital with a stony, smoky nuance and some leafy, Cabernet notes. Long and linear on the palate. Ripe but with a distinctive tannic edge. There s a little more muscle and power here but the fruit enrobes the tannins. Structured for ageing and that stony, terroir note prominent again. (JL)
Anticipated maturity: 2016-2035