2000 Talbot, St-Julien
This is a beautiful red now with plums, roses and blackberries on the nose and palate. Full body with wonderfully integrated tannins that caress your palate. So beautiful.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This was a strong performance (better than my original notes suggested) by the 2000 Talbot. Close to full maturity, it exhibits a dense ruby/plum/purple color in addition to a subtle herbaceousness intermixed with smoked meats, black currants, licorice, cedar, and foresty notes. Rich and full-bodied with light tannins, and a slightly richer, more savory, broader, deeper style than I remember, it should drink well for 10-15 years. (RP)
Beautiful aromas of crushed berries, Indian spices, crushed flowers and raspberries. Full-bodied, with a solid core of ripe fruit and silky tannins. Long and delicious. A very fine and pretty wine. Best Talbot in years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright ruby-red. Reticent aromas of black fruits, violet, bitter chocolate and licorice, plus a whiff of smoky oak. Dense, lush and sweet, but lively acids lift the flavors and contribute to the perfumed impression in the mouth. Finishes firmly tannic and fresh but sweet, with dusty tannins and lingering notes of leather and game. A second sample of roughly equal quality seemed less fleshy but offered lovely pliancy, and a flavor of bitter chocolate. (ST)
This is a very new-wood dominated wine, that will appeal to lovers of California Cabernet. Blackcurrant jelly fruits are there as well, very modern, very polished. It is a fine wine...
Racy, flashy nose of cinnamon and spice. Black fruit flavors abound in this seductive wine. 92-94 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Finally, a Talbot that delivers. Elegant and classy when tasted out of barrel. Then at the UGC in November 2002: more classic Bordeaux than Leoville Poyferre. Rustic and earthy on the palate but not as concentrated as others for the vintage. A top class wine. Then a great bottle in November 2004. This is a great success for Chateau Talbot that made some poor wines in the 1990`s. A very muted nose with hints of dried blood and tobacco. The palate is very elegant and stylish with a lot of finesse from start to finish. Good acidity and poise. Quite feminine, not too showy, this is more refined." (01/2000)