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From the plateau of Saint-Julien, one can spot Château Talbot in the distance amidst an ocean of vines, parks and tall trees. The estate has a rich history.
Its name originates with Connétable Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury, governor of Guyenne as well as being a famous English military commander, who was defeated at the battle of Castillon in 1453. In 1855, at the time of the Médoc and Graves growth classifications ordered by Emperor Napoleon Ill, ChâteauTalbot was promoted as a fourth classified growth of Saint-Julien. For several decades it belonged to the Marquis of Aux and was purchased in 1918 by by Désiré Cordier. The totality of the 110 hectares of the ChâteauTalbot vineyard surrounds the estate house and stretches north, all the way to the border with the Pauillac appellation. Planted on a terroir of fine Gunzian gravels with a core of fossil-rich limestone, which form draining hilltops, one finds a large majority of red vines (105 hectares) and a small acreage of whites (5 hectares). Château Talbot is certified High Environmental Value Level 3.
68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot
Medium to deep garnet-purple.
Talbot embodies the ideal Saint Julien, a generous bouquet, extremely stable
It is pleasant and rounded, always characterized by silky, mild and very civilized tannins with notes of oak and tobacco and fruits like blackberries and blackcurrants
15 months in oak barrels (50% new oak)