1995 Joël Taluau St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil Vieilles Vignes

SKU #1130036 Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark This fleshy red shows black cherry, spice and herb flavors with firm tannins. It has good concentration and while it's drinkable now, it should improve. Inner quote mark (6/1997)

K&L Notes

Joël Taluau was 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. He was also the first producer in the appellation to begin domaine bottling. After Joel passed away, his daughter Veronique now makes wines with the help of her husband, Thierry Foltzenlogel. 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 the large format bottle will have helped to preserve freshness. Enjoy now!

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By: Dejah Overby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/5/2021 | Send Email
This '95 is probably the most "brawny" of the bunch. The nose is of wild strawberry, eucalyptus, alpine thyme and tar. The fruit took a while to show but when it did it was sophisticated. This bottling is one that should be decanted if you plan on drinking now but out of them all this is the one that has the most potential for further long term cellaring.

By: Sarah Covey | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/17/2013 | Send Email
Gorgeous stewed red cherry, hints of leather and earth with great minerality, medium plus acidity and fine, well-integrated tannin. At $26.99, this is a crazy steal- we bought directly from the property! A must for Thanksgiving!

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/27/2013 | Send Email
This is a lovely, mature bottle of wine that still has plenty of vivacious refreshment left in it! Cinnamon and I had it last night with French onion soup, and this light bodied, aromatic red was perfect for the bistro fare. The 1995 Joel Taluau is classic St Nicolas De Bourgueil with plenty of green olive and herbs on the nose and great almost carnation-like earthiness in the mouth. The tannin is completely resolved, and the wine finishes fresh!

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