Tasted blind. Looks quite mature – the most mature St-Julien. Solid, fresh but evolved nose. Very good for drinking now. And very St-Julien. But not the most ambitious wine.
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2025
The 2012 is a supple, inviting wine. Dark red cherry, plum, smoke and licorice appear first, followed by scents of graphite, smoke, violet and sage that add nuance. This expressive, open-knit Saint-Julien has a lot to offer. Above all else, the Talbot is incredibly sensual and inviting. It will be hard to resist young, but also has enough depth to drink well for two decades, perhaps longer.
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2032
Robert Parker 90
A juicy style of wine, Talbot’s 2012 has a dense ruby/purple color, plenty of black and red currant fruit, a touch of plum, soft tannin and a spicy, medium-bodied mouthfeel. It is excellent, with no hollowness or astringency. This is a very successful wine in this vintage and should drink well for 15-20 years.
Anticipated maturity: 2015-2035