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1996 Chateau Talbot

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1996 Chateau Talbot from Chateau Talbot, St-Julien, Bordeaux

In the pantheon of Bordeaux’s venerable crus, the 1996 Chateau Talbot stands as a testament to the resilience and finesse that the Saint-Julien appellation can bestow upon its offspring. This particular vintage, which was blessed with a fairly homogenous climatic pattern, resulted in a release that has evolved marvelously, showcasing the enduring elegance of the esteemed 4th Growth.


St-Julien's Symphony: The 1996 Vintage Performance

The vintage of 1996 benefitted from a remarkable summer that adeptly balanced heat and rain, culminating in a harvest that offered both quantity and quality—a viticulturist's reverie. The wines of this year are characterized by their admirable structure and ageing capacity, with the 1996 Chateau Talbot playing a noteworthy concerto within this Bordeaux ensemble.

The bouquet of the 1996 Chateau Talbot reveals itself with an aristocratic grace; earthy truffles and cigar box aromas intermingle with ripe blackcurrants and a hint of cedar. On the palate, it does not disappoint—a harmonious blend of power and poise. Tannins, once robust in their youth, have tempered into a supple framework supporting layers of dark fruit and an intriguing mingling of savoury spice and gentle oak nuances.

An attentive connoisseur investing in fine wines will appreciate that the 1996 Chateau Talbot is reaching a plateau of maturity where it still retains vivacity yet offers complex tertiary characteristics that only time can weave into the liquid tapestry.


Captivating Complexity: A Wine of Investment Calibre

It is no mere happenstance that discerning investors turn their gaze upon wines such as the 1996 Chateau Talbot—a wine that promises to adorn cellars with prestige while offering the potential for favourable returns as its charm unfolds further. The 1996 vintage from Chateau Talbot embodies a snapshot in time, where nature conspired to create conditions favourable for such storied viticulture.

In summary, this wine presents itself as an exemplar of both oenological prowess and investment wisdom. For collectors seeking to enrich their portfolio with a quintessential Saint-Julien gem, the 1996 Chateau Talbot should be contemplated with earnest intent.

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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.

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 22 April 1999

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