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1999 Chateau Talbot

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1999 Chateau Talbot from Chateau Talbot, St-Julien, Bordeaux

The 1999 Chateau Talbot from the storied Chateau Talbot in the renowned St-Julien appellation remains a distinguished example of how Bordeaux's left bank's terroir can translate into a wine with profound character. The year 1999 was one where nature granted winemakers a reprieve from the torrid extremes of other vintages, allowing for a display of subtlety and finesse rarely captured in such harmony.

 

Rewriting the Narrative: A Vintage of Elegance

The 1999 vintage in Bordeaux did not follow the trend of its immediate predecessors; it was neither flamboyantly opulent like '98 nor universally acclaimed as '00. However, therein lies its quiet appeal. This particular year offered a mild growing season that resulted in grapes maturing at a steadier pace, translating into a vintage noted for its balance and understated charm.

The 1999 Chateau Talbot itself is an interesting composite of St-Julien's fabled poise. Laden with a bouquet that intermingles ripe cassis, as one would expect from this noble commune, it provides hints of herbs and an earthiness reminiscent of wet autumn leaves that adds a layer seldom found in more powerhouse years.

 

Maturing with Grace: Investment Potential Unfolds

Over two decades since its creation, this 1999 Chateau Talbot demonstrates how well it has embraced time's touch. As it sits comfortably in the latter stages of its optimum drinking window, it offers a charming drinking experience now or could be held onto as its value appreciates further.

On the palate, the wine unfurls with measured confidence, the tannins softened to suede-like suppleness while anchoring vivid blackberry and tobacco nuances that resonate with the complexity borne out of a gentler season.

For those inclined towards nuanced Bordeaux that speak more of elegance than exuberance, the 1999 Chateau Talbot is one for consideration—a testament to St-Julien's ability to produce wines that reach beyond the shadow of climatic extravagances to showcase depth and deftness.

In an era where fine wine investment gains momentum amongst aficionados and investors alike, this wine stands out as testament to St-Julien's legacy. Not merely resting on laurels of past glories but presenting a compelling story in each glass and potential ascendance in value—a narrative worth savouring and investing in.

Market price (GBP)

£880.00

12x75cl

Highest score

88

POP score

110

Scores and tasting notes

88

Scents of dried herbs, underbrush, cassis, and currants emerge from this attractively perfumed, supple, spicy, medium-bodied St.-Julien. It possesses a succulent texture, low acidity, and soft tannin. Enjoy it over the next decade.

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 29 April 2002

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