Chateau Talbot   Chateau Talbot

1998 Chateau Talbot

By Chateau Talbot

1998 Chateau Talbot from Chateau Talbot, St-Julien, Bordeaux

The 1998 Chateau Talbot from the venerated Chateau Talbot of St-Julien is a vintage that remains eternally etched in the collective memory of wine connoisseurs and investors alike. The 1998 vintage in Bordeaux was particularly distinctive due to the climatic conditions which favoured the Left Bank, resulting in Cabernet Sauvignon grapes that reached an exceptional level of maturity.


Exemplar of St-Julien Terroir

In dissecting the qualities that set apart this particular bottle, one must take cognizance of the harmonious interplay between a challenging season and the meticulous labor at Chateau Talbot. The 1998 vintage exemplifies how adept vineyard management can transcend nature to coax out a wine's true potential.

Upon pouring, one immediately notices the deep garnet hue—a gateway to the olfactory ballet that unfolds: an amalgamation of cassis and cigar box aromas underpinning tertiary notes of leather and dried herbs. This aromatic collage is no accident but a testament to the astute ageing promise shown by 1998 bottles from St-Julien.


A Vintage That Invites Patience

The palate of the 1998 Chateau Talbot tells its own story—still robust tannins suggesting a vitality yet to fully wane. With two decades behind it, there remains a fresh, structured elegance that continues to evolve, suggesting that investors still hold onto a sleeping giant, primed for further maturation. The integration of oak is nothing short of symphonic, delivering a poised and reserved finish that is sure to captivate the discerning.

For serious investors, the 1998 vintage from Chateau Talbot represents a beacon for those seeking wines with enduring longevity and reliable maturation trajectories. It stands as a singular expression amongst its peers—a hallmark of what an exceptional terroir coupled with expert vinification can produce even when Mother Nature proves mercurial.


The Decision for Sophisticated Palates

In summation, the 1998 Chateau Talbot continues to undulate through its life cycle with grace. A reservoir of complexity awaits those who appreciate layered evolution—an investment not just in a fine wine but in an experience that promises to accentuate with every passing year.

Market price (GBP)



Highest score


POP score


Scores and tasting notes


Readers should be aware that this is a wine I underrated in my original report on the 1998 vintage. It is performing better out of bottle than it did from cask. With age, the mid-section has filled out and the wine has put on weight. A deep plum/garnet color is accompanied by an up-front, seductive nose of melted licorice, cedar, plums, black cherries, and cassis. This attractive Talbot is nicely-textured and medium to full-bodied, with sweet tannin. It is pleasing to see how this wine has matured. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2016.

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 22 April 2001

Vintage performance