1986 Talbot Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML

  • WA 96

$149.94

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WA 96
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, January 1998
It's my gut feeling that the 1986 is along with the 1982 the finest Talbot made at this estate since the legendary 1945. The fact that there are 40000 cases of this wine is good news for the consumer as there will be... It's my gut feeling that the 1986 is along with the 1982 the finest Talbot made at this estate since the legendary 1945. The fact that there are 40000 cases of this wine is good news for the consumer as there will be plenty to go around. The wine which has been so special since the first taste from cask is classically structured with a penetrating fragrance of peppery spicy weedy black currants and tar an enormous concentration of flavor on the palate and staggering length. The tannins are noticeable but they are ripe tannins somewhat softer than those found in many of the 1986 Medocs. In comparison with stablemate Gruaud-Larose the Talbot is more developed and flattering to taste today. This should prove to be an extraordinarily long-lived wine and as are virtually all the Cordier wines a marvelous value for your money. Anticipated maturity: Now-2020. Last tasted 9/97</P>
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Julien
Vintage 1986

Label

The grand vin of Talbot is harvested by hand, with vinification in a combination of cone-shaped wooden vats and stainless steel tanks. The wine is aged for 14 months in 50 to 60 percent new barrels originating from eight different coopers. Renowned enologists Jacques Boissenot, Julien Lavenu and Stéphane Derenoncourt consult on the winemaking and blending.

Winery

Talbot

Chateau Talbot, in the Saint-Julien appellation of the Medoc, is a fourth growth in the 1855 Bordeaux Classification. Its name originates from Connetable Talbot, a famous English soldier and governor of Guyenne, who was defeated at the battle of Castillon in 1453.

The 107 hectare vineyard is situated on the bank of the Gironde estuary on hilltops of alluvial gravel over a core of fossil-rich limestone. All but five hectares is planted to red wine grapes. The reds of Talbot are dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon (66%) which provides tannic structure and power. With 26% Merlot, the wines become rounder and more suave, while the Petit Verdot provides a delicate touch, like spices in fine cuisine.

The grand vin represents 50 to 60% of the estate’s production. The estate also produces a second wine, le Connetable Talbot, plus Seigneur de Talbot, designated primarily for the Chinese wine market, and one of the oldest white wines in the Medoc, Caillou Blanc.