2005 Talbot, St-Julien (3L)
Complex aromas of chocolate, currants, berries and sweet tobacco. Full body with fully integrated tannins that give a silky texture. Lovely tannins, fruit and acid balance. Just opening now.
With its big fruit, and hearty tannins, this is a powerful, ripe wine, having great sweet blackberry flavors, a touch of smoke and a black fruit core. Round and opulent, this is a generous wine already. (RV)
Sweet tobacco, berry and currant aromas follow through to a full body, with soft, silky tannins and a fresh, racy aftertaste of currant and mineral. The texture of the tannins is very beautiful. Best after 2016.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Full medium ruby. Very primary nose of cassis, licorice, earth and leather, complicated by an almost exotic note of chocolate. Then suave, broad and dry, with a fine-grained texture and very good palate coverage... offers a fleshy, solid impression and finishes with fairly sweet tannins for this property. (ST)
Mid crimson. Markedly light and slightly stony on the nose. Clean and fresh. Sprightly but it actually tastes like a less concentrated vintage than 2005... But at least it’s well mannered.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2005 Talbot is dense ruby/purple, with moderately intense notes of forest floor, underbrush, and black and red currant fruit. It is slightly herbal, medium-bodied, not terribly complex, but has good sweet fruit, and a decent finish. This wine should drink well for another 15 years. (RP)
Wine & Spirits
Lovely, fresh cherry and tart berry flavor fills this wine. It has the gracious, plump texture of St-Julien.
K&L's barrel tasting notes: Lots of spice and tons of fruit. Elegant, but fine mouthful of wine. Very nice. R: Round crushed raspberries and silky cherry fruit is thick and lush. It carries on throughout the lovely finish. Will be a deal. ** (Clyde Beffa, K&L Bordeaux Buyer)