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Chateau Talbot, Saint-Julien 2004

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A rich and fine red wine from Saint-Julien

Château Talbot is a 4ème Cru Classé en 1855 produced in the Saint-Julien appellation. According to legend, the property owes its name to the Constable Talbot, a famous English general who lost the Battle of Castillon in 1453. Covering an area of 100 hectares, the vineyard benefits from vines aged 52 years on average, planted on Médoc gravel. The wine is aged in barrels, half of it in new barrels. The 2004 vintage features a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot.

The Château Talbot 2004 has a magnificent red colour, dark and bright, revealing a bouquet that combines density and complexity, developing intense fragrances of fruit, with subtle and delicate woody notes that make the nose harmonious. The palate is radiant, offering a magnificent juicy quality and incredible length. A richly constituted wine, full-bodied and fine.

Wine Spectator 89
"Shows blackberry, with some meat and smoke character. Medium-bodied, with fine tannins and a chocolate, berry and light vanilla aftertaste. Balanced. Best after 2008. 29,165 cases made."

Dense ruby purple with notes of mint, incense, herbs, black currant, and licorice, the 2004 Talbot is medium-bodied, moderately tannic, and slightly austere. It starts off well with an impressive attack, but narrows out in the mouth. It should evolve over a 10- to 14-year period.

Score: 87/88 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (165), June 2006