2000 Talbot, St-Julien

SKU #1004971 93 points James Suckling

 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.  (7/2013)

93 points 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)  (6/2010)

93 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (1/2003)

89-91 points 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)  (6/2001)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 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...  (6/2003)

K&L Notes

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)

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

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Saint Julien

- St. Julien, the smallest of the four famous appellations of the Haut Medoc, is known for highly extracted, finely structured, Cabernet-based reds. It is nestled between Pauillac to the north and Margaux to the south. Like St. Estephe, there are no first growths in this area. Leoville-las-Cases, Leoville Poyferre, Leoville Barton, Ducru Beaucaillou, and Gruard Larose are the second-growths of St. Julien followed by Lagrange which is the only third-growth. Beychevelle, Branaire Ducru, St. Pierre, and Talbot, which are all fourth-growth wines, round out the grand cru classe chateaux. In the last several vintages, wineries from this appellation have been out-performing their traditional rankings making many of the wines from this region some of the best values in red wine today.