2010 Talbot, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1067254 94 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Always a more understated style, and this is benchmark stuff from Talbot. If you had to close your eyes and say what St-Julien tastes like you could do a lot worse than bring this wine up in your mind. Balanced, understated, unfussy, not trying too hard, lovely lovely lovely! Doesn't mean that it is at the very top of what the appellation can give in 2010 but it is just so enjoyable. (JA) Inner quote mark (1/2020)

94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark There's a real purity of fruit here with currant and blueberry aromas coming out in the glass. Full body, with fine tannins and a fresh and clean acidity. Very polished tannins. It's all about balance and drinkability here. Inner quote mark (2/2013)

94 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark 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. (RP) Inner quote mark (2/2013)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This wine shows black currant fruit, with just the right balancing acidity. Talbot is progressing well in its quest to bring out its fine terroir. (RV) Inner quote mark (2/2013)

92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2010 Talbot is much more backward on the nose compared to its peers, eventually revealing blackberry, briary and light floral scents, pretty but clearly requiring more bottle age. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, quite firm tannins. Cedar and graphite lend this a slight Pauillac-like personality, linear and correct with modest depth on the finish. Very fine. (NM) Inner quote mark (2/2020)

91 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark This features a fairly plump core of crushed plum, blackberry and mulled boysenberry notes, coated with tar and driven by a strong graphite accent. An echo of pastis lingers on the finish, displaying good latent grip. (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2013)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark First bottle TCA. Second bottle: deeper colour and generally a more youthful aspect than the 2009. Dense, firm and restrained with a dark-fruit nuance. Solid tannic frame but no aggression, the tannins fine and backed by generous fruit. More freshness than the 2009 and overall better balance. Built for the long haul. 17+/20 points (JL) Inner quote mark (2/2022)

K&L Notes

91 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet in color, the 2010 Talbot opens with maturing scents of fruitcake, Chinese five spice and cigar box plus hints of dried mint, pencil lead and chargrill. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is pleasantly spicy, with a light grip of chewy tannins and just enough freshness, finishing savory." (03/2020)

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By: Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/5/2013 | Send Email
Good and deep, with rounded tannins. At UGC: Very solid!

By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/5/2013 | Send Email
Roasted herbs, bright cherry. Seamless finish. Very balanced.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/5/2013 | Send Email
*½ Spicy raspberry with some earth. Black and green olive.

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