The 2010 Talbot was picked from 27 September until 21 October with some of the Merlots reaching 15° alcohol. I have tasted this three or four times before and on the basis of this showing, perhaps I have under-rated this wine in the past. It has a very appealing bouquet with blackberry, wild hedgerow, crushed strawberry, cedar and graphite aromas that seem more intense than previous bottles. The palate feels rounded and supple with layers of tobacco and 5-spice infused black fruit, fanning out to a voluminous and quite concentrated finish. This is far better than I expected and it should be cellared for another five or six years. Tasted at the centenary Château Talbot vertical at the property.
Anticipated maturity: 2023-2048
Robert Parker 94
One of the best Talbots over recent years, and possibly the best since the 1986 and 1982, this sexy juggernaut of a wine struts forth with an opaque plum/ruby/purple color and terrific notes of creme de cassis, licorice, roasted herbs and smoky barbecue. It is a brilliant effort, with full body, wonderful fruit, a savory, expansive mouthfeel, sensational texture and a long finish, but no hardness or astringency. This is a fabulous Talbot to drink over the next 20-25 years.
Anticipated maturity: 2013-2038
Sweet and there’s almost a slight caramel note initially, giving way to cassis fruit. Chalky tannins. A bit abrupt on the finish. (JH)
Anticipated maturity: 2017-2028