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2018 Chateau Talbot Saint-Julien - 93 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"The 2018 Talbot is quite the powerhouse. Inky and deep, the 2018 possesses striking textural richness from start to finish. Inky dark fruit, licorice, cloves, new leather, menthol, violet and chocolate fill out the layers effortlessly in this decidedly flashy Saint-Julien. This is a terrific effort for Technical Director Jean-Michel Laporte in his first vintage at Talbot. It
will be interesting to see where the château goes in future years. This is certainly an opulent, rich style."

- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (March 2021), 93 pts

2018 Chateau Talbot Saint-Julien - 93+ PTS - JD

jeb dunnuck logo 250"Released in an all-black bottle celebrating 100 years in the Cordier family, the 2018 Château Talbot is a beautiful, classic Saint-Julien that leads with its pure cassis and currant fruit as well as notes of tobacco leaf, violets, chocolate, damp earth, and new leather. These all carry to a medium to full-bodied, elegant 2018 with remarkable purity of fruit, a lively spine of acidity, ripe, polished tannins, and a great finish. It doesn't have quite the level of concentration I thought from barrel, but it's nevertheless a beautiful wine that shines for its finesse and purity, and if it picks up weight in bottle, it will certainly merit an even higher rating. Give bottles 3-5 years and enjoy over the following 15-20+. The blend is 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot, brought up in 50% new French oak."

- Jeb Dunnuck (March 2021), 93+ pts

2018 Chateau Talbot Saint-Julien - 94 PTS - WE

wine enthusiast 94 pts"TThe special bottle celebrates 100 years of ownership by the Cordier family, one of the top Bordeaux wine families.This wine shows concentration and intense black fruits. Rich dark chocolate and a luscious texture are allied to the firm base of tannins. The wine is set for aging. Drink from 2027. - Roger VOSS"

- Wine Enthusiast (May 2021), 94 pts

2018 Chateau Talbot Saint-Julien - 95 PTS - WS

wine spectator 95 pts"This is densely packed with ripe macerated fig, blackberry and plum fruit flavors supported by tar and bramble notes that meld steadily through the finish. Notes of applewood and anise flash throughout. For the cellar. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Best from 2023 through 2036. - James Molesworth"

- Wine Spectator (March 2021), 95 pts

2018 Chateau Talbot Saint-Julien - 96 PTS - JS

james suckling hq logo plain"Rich aromas of blackcurrant, blackberry, chocolate, tobacco and licorice. Oyster shell, too. It’s full-bodied with firm, well integrated tannins. Polished, silky layers with a long finish. Gorgeous ripe and bright fruit in the center palate. Best in a long time. Try from 2025."

- James Suckling (January 2021), 96 pts

2019 Chateau Talbot Saint-Julien - 93 PTS - WA

wa93"The 2019 Talbot is performing well, opening in the glass with aromas of earthy cassis, plums, burning embers and pencil shavings. Medium to full-bodied, fleshy and succulent, with powdery tannins, lively acids and a savory finish, it's Jean-Michel Laporte's second vintage at this sleeping giant of Saint-Julien. This will be an estate to watch closely going forward. - William Kelley"

- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (April 2022), 93 pts

2019 Chateau Talbot Saint-Julien - 93+ PTS - JD

jeb dunnuck logo 250"The 2019 Château Talbot is straight-up impressive, sporting a dense purple hue as well as a powerful nose of cassis, scorched earth, smoked tobacco, and spicy wood. Rich, black-fruited, medium to full-bodied, and structured, it's a rock-solid, balanced Saint-Julien that will benefit from 4-5 years of bottle age and age for 15-20 years."

- Jeb Dunnuck (April 2022), 93+ pts