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1989 Chateau Talbot

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1989 Chateau Talbot from Chateau Talbot, St-Julien, Bordeaux

The esteemed 1989 Chateau Talbot from Chateau Talbot is a testament to the extraordinary qualities of the 1989 vintage in St-Julien, which produced wines of exceptional depth and balance. This particular year was marked by ideal climatic conditions; a dry and warm summer followed by an equally favourable autumn granted the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes sufficient time to achieve optimum ripeness, laying the foundational canvas for a Bordeaux of remarkable structure and longevity.


A Vintage that Defines Elegance and Complexity

The vibrancy of this vintage reverberates through its current presentation – a regal maturity that still promises years ahead to those wine investors prudent enough to hold onto its splendour. On the nose, one is greeted by an intricate bouquet where notes of blackcurrant, cedarwood, and tobacco interlace with subtle hints of truffle and leather. It's a fragrant reminder of the wine's journey through time, enticing the senses before even a sip is taken.


An Exemplar for Discerning Collectors and Investors Alike

The palate of the 1989 Chateau Talbot delivers an unwavering sensation of silkiness, its tannins now mellowed yet providing sufficient grip to frame the wine's stately fruit core. Nuances of plums adjoin secondary flavours of earthy forest floor and spices that segue into a resoundingly elegant finish. It’s a wine that encapsulates the poise and profound expression one seeks in mature Bordeaux.

The care taken during the winemaking process at Chateau Talbot has ensured this vintage glides effortlessly towards its fourth decade, offering rewarding complexity on every encounter. For investors considering adding it to their portfolios, it champions both sentimental and fiscal value—its storied provenance paired with its robust potential for continued appreciation in the market.

In summary, each taste of 1989 Chateau Talbot is akin to perusing a chapter from an epic tome—an immersion into history and flavour that not only endears it to connoisseurs but firmly establishes its stature as one of Bordeaux's wise investments.

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Dark ruby with moderately endowed notes of sweet black currants intermixed with licorice, compost, and some weedy tobacco, this medium-bodied wine has low acidity, attractively ripe fruit, but a somewhat short finish. Anticipated maturity: Now-2012. Last tasted, 10/02.

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 31 December 2002

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