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Chateau Talbot 1996

$984 A case of 6 Bottles (750ML) | $164 / Unit
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    A Saint-Julien with a dense and soft texture

    A 4ème Cru Classé en 1855 produced in the Saint-Julien appellation, Château Talbot was named after Constable Talbot, a famous English warrior who lost the Battle of Castillon in 1453. Aged 44 years, on average, the vines cover a total area of 101 hectares and are planted on Médoc gravel. The aging of the wine is carried out in barrels, of which 50% are new. The 1998 vintage is composed of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% de Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot.

    At tasting, the Château Talbot 1996 presents a pretty and bright red color. The nose shows an intense and diversified bouquet. One can detect smoky fragrances and slightly toasted oak (merrains), along with light and harmonious notes of spices and ripe fruit. The wine shows great complexity on the palate, the various flavors highlighted upon a texture that combines density and mellowness. The tannins are beautiful and harmonious on the finish.

    Parker : 89 / 100
    Wine Advocate-Parker :
    I tasted this wine three times in January, rating it 88, 89, and 90 with similar tasting notes. The wine is close to being outstanding, exhibiting a saturated dark ruby color, and excellent aromatics, consisting of black fruits intermixed with licorice, dried herbs, and roasted meat smells. It is full, with impressive extract, a fleshy texture, low acidity, excellent purity, and a long, deep, chewy finish. This 1996 will be drinkable at a young age, yet keep for 15-20 years. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2017.
    BordeauxSaint-Julien
    Alcohol
    12.8

    Grape varieties
    Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Petit Verdot/Cabernet Franc

    Dessert wine
    No

    Environment
    Sustainable

    J. Robinson
    17

    R. Gabriel
    17

    Vinous - A. Galloni
    NM90

    Wine Spectator
    91

    Country
    France

    Wine certification
    AOC

    Vineyard
    Medoc

    Region
    Bordeaux

    Appellation
    Saint-Julien

    Color
    Red

    Producer
    Chateau Talbot

    Classification
    Fourth Growth

    Parker
    89

    Allergens
    Contains sulfites

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