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2004 Chateau Talbot

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2004 Chateau Talbot from Chateau Talbot, St-Julien, Bordeaux, France

The 2004 vintage in Bordeaux carries with it an fascinating narrative, one of defiance and redemption. After the sweltering heat of 2003, vignerons welcomed a year anchored in normalcy, yet fraught with pendulum-like climatic swings that only the most adept could navigate. The 2004 Chateau Talbot from Chateau Talbot stands as an exemplary tale of such mastery.


A Testament to Tenacity

In the esteemed communes of St-Julien, meticulous vineyard stewardship is paramount. With the cooler year setting a more classical tone, the 2004 vintage unfurled slowly, affording grapes ample time to amass nuance rather than superfluous sugar. Chateau Talbot's resultant offering is ponderous with purpose; its stately blend aligns Merlot's plushness with Cabernet Sauvignon's austere structure, punctuated by Petit Verdot's piquancy—a discerning example set against the broader strokes of the Médoc.


Investing in Complexity: A Rewarding Pursuit

For collectors and investors alike, the slow evolution of this wine has proven immensely rewarding. The 2004 Chateau Talbot is a vessel of complexities; its bouquet—deftly knitting threads of cassis and tobacco with leather's earthly anchor—whispers of terroir honesty. The palate follows through with remarkable confidence; supple tannins engendering a length that is at once assertive and composed.

A cerebral affair in all its facets, this wine's journey has been one of quiet assurance. In contradistinction to its brooding siblings from lauded vintages, it asserts less through power and more through poise—a compelling proposition for investors casting a longer gaze.

As the 2004 Chateau Talbot reaches its plateau of maturity, its story—one etched in tenacity—resonates more potently amidst the cellared stillness. A reflective piece for modern claret enthusiasts who appreciate subtlety's charm alongside vigour's allure.

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A sumptuous, complex, Provencal-like bouquet of roasted herbs, cherries, licorice, and underbrush emerges from this dark plum/ruby-colored 2004. Tart acidity provides freshness, but the overall impression is of abundant currant and cherry fruit presented in a forward, superficial style. It is best consumed over the next 10-12 years.

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 28 June 2007

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