1996 Joël Taluau St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil Vieilles Vignes

SKU #1120139 91 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The 1996 Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil “Vieilles Vignes” is the first wine I have ever tasted from Domaine Taluau and I was quite impressed. Monsieur Taluau started with a couple of hectares of vines in 1970 and has planted more on his estate as the years have allowed; he was joined full-time at the domaine by his daughter Véronique and her husband, Thierry Foltzenlogel in 1993. The domaine’s ’96 Vieilles Vignes bottling of Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil is deep and complex on the nose, offering up scents of dark berries, cassis, tree bark, cigar ash, dark soil tones and a touch of menthol in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, ripe and tangy, with a fine core of fruit, good soil undertow, tangy acids, still some ripe backend tannin and a long, complex finish. This is a very good bottle with plenty of life still ahead of it. Inner quote mark (5/2023)

90 points Int'l Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Impressively saturated ruby-red color. Complex aromas of black raspberry, kirsch, Valrhona chocolate, smoke and gunflint. Tactile and quite concentrated; really dense with extract. Ripe acidity gives the deep flavors lovely clarity. A real fruit essence: the wine somewhat chewy tannins and alcohol are hidden by fruit. (ST) 90+ Inner quote mark (12/1998)

K&L Notes

Joël Taluau is a fabulous grower in St. Nicolas de Bourgueil known for making some of the purest expressions of Cabernet Franc in the Loire, unmarred by the intrusion of oak—which he hasn't used in production since 1986. He was also the first producer in the appellation to begin domaine bottling. The Vieilles Vignes, from a single plot of Cabernet Franc planted in 1934, is prized for its power, depth and grace. This flagship wine is meant to age, and this one is really coming into its own.

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By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/8/2021 | Send Email
A red fruited nose of cherry, strawberry and cranberry fruit. On the palate, surprisingly rich mouthfeel with dark cherries and ripe strawberry accompanied by light herb and earth notes. As with the other selections from Joel Taluau, it still tastes amazingly fresh!

By: Dejah Overby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/5/2021 | Send Email
This '96 shows more earth tones on the nose, brambly but dried blue and red berries with raspberry brightness on the backend. Spiced in the way of cinnamon and chicory root. This bottling brings the finesse of florals and mixed berries into the fold. Enjoy this one with an aged hard cheese, pralines and dried figs.

By: Lilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/7/2017 | Send Email
This wine starts showing what Cabernet Franc turns into with an age. It still has quite high amount of juicy acidity but tannins are well developed and texture of the wine is earthy with subtle black cherry, tobacco, dry herbs and slightly mushroomy notes. Wine is structured, firm and has a lot of vibrancy for a 20 year old wine.

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