The 2008 Talbot is just beginning to show the first signs of ageing on the rim. The bouquet is charming with perfumed blackcurrant, cedar and sage aromas, a splash of Indian ink developing with time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin that lend this Talbot a smooth texture. There is lactic, an almost chocolaty element to this Talbot that possibly originates from the oak treatment that slightly compromises the terroir expression. It is built in a traditional style, not a deep or powerful Saint Julien but it delivers satisfying freshness with a dash of spice on the finish. You could drink this now although personally I would afford this another couple of years in bottle. (Tasted at BI Wine & Spirit’s annual 10-Year On tasting.)
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2035
Robert Parker 88
Tasted ex-chateau and single blind in Southwold. I remember how disappointing this tasted out of barrel, but in bottle it has more going for it. It has a fine floral bouquet with plush black, truffle infused fruit, although the oak is dominant at the moment. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grip on the entry. Good acidity that cuts through its juicy middle, black cherries and cassis towards the finish. Fine. Tasted January 2012.