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2006 Chateau Talbot

By Chateau Talbot

The 2006 Chateau Talbot from Chateau Talbot, St-Julien, Bordeaux, France

The 2006 vintage across Bordeaux stands as a testament to the tenacity and ingenuity of its vintners. Amidst climatic pendulum swings, it offered challenges that only the most adept winemakers could deftly parry. Among these, Chateau Talbot’s 2006 offering from St-Julien shines as a beacon of the region’s fortitude.

 

Oenological Alchemy: The Crafting of the 2006 Vintage

In 2006, the confluence of a warm summer followed by an uneven September required a poised hand to capture the essence of St-Julien. It is in such years that the mettle of a château's dedication to its craft is truly tested. The harvest conducted at Chateau Talbot was meticulous, with diligent selection ensuring that only the finest berries entered their cuvées.

Now, with some age on this vintage, the 2006 Chateau Talbot offers an aromatic array redolent of dark fruits and hints of tobacco – a signifier of adept cellaring converging with judicious winemaking. This maturity has lent it an elegant profile where structure and softness dance in harmony.

 

An Investment in the Chronicles of Bordeaux

Investors will find the 2006 Chateau Talbot has entered a phase within its lifespan where drinkability aligns with holding potential. Not all vintages achieve such balance, marking this wine as an intriguing candidate for both connoisseurs and collectors alike. With adequate cellaring conditions, this vintage promises continued evolution.

Your wine portfolio would be remiss without including a tranche of this respected Bordeaux stalwart. In particular, the character encapsulated within each bottle of 2006 Chateau Talbot speaks to the resilience and complexity that aficionados chase; it reverberates with the refined tannins and measured fruit that command attention at tastings—an essential vignette in the tapestry of fine wines.

As seasons shift and markets fluctuate, investing in a robust wine like the 2006 Chateau Talbot can provide stability and satisfaction. This vintage is a canvas displaying both nature's caprices and a vintner's prowess—a compelling acquisition for those who appreciate a tale well told in notes and bouquets.

Current market price

£610.00

12x75cl

Highest score

88

POP score

76.25

Scores and tasting notes

88

Tasted at Bordeaux Index's annual 10-Year On tasting in London. The 2006 Château Talbot already shows more maturity in the glass, though nothing to get too concerned about. The nose is very traditional with cedar and tobacco scents dominating the fruit, a touch of the old "stately home." The palate is medium-bodied with dry tannin, moderate weight in the mouth, but with a rather austere finish. It has character, if not quite the class of its peers this vintage. Tasted January 2016.

Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 29 May 2016

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