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2017 Chateau Talbot

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2017 Chateau Talbot from Chateau Talbot, St-Julien, Bordeaux

In the constellation of elite Bordeaux estates, the 2017 Chateau Talbot from Chateau Talbot emerges as a noteworthy beacon for fine wine investors and connoisseurs alike. My in-depth acquaintance with these wines has afforded me the luxury of tracking the climatic and enological nuances that each vintage introduces.

 

The Quintessential 2017 Vintage Experience

Without a shadow of doubt, the 2017 vintage was one marred by frost; yet, Chateau Talbot manoeuvred through these challenges with commendable skill. It was a year primarily characterised by a reduced yield but, paradoxically, this natural culling gifted us with a concentration of flavours seldom encountered.

 

Enticing Elegance: A Multidimensional Masterpiece

The 2017 Chateau Talbot articulates an elegant structure encapsulating the terroir's quintessence. The deep garnet hue hints at its profound depth, while the nose is an intricate tapestry of blackberry, cigar box and earthy undertones – each sniff uncovering layers of complexity. On the palate, this St-Julien gem unfurls with supple tannins and a balance that speaks to the savoir-faire of the winemaking team during an unpredictable season.

A finesse-filled finish lingers, accentuated with subtle spice and toastiness derived from well-judged oak integration. Here lies a vintage that despite – or perhaps due to – the capricious climate, represents a remarkable investment prospect.

 

Investment Potential Unearthed

For the discerning investor, the 2017 Chateau Talbot stands out not only for its sensory splendour but also for its promising cellar potential. In a market bustling with choices, this wine merits attention due to its distinct expression in a challenging year.

Patient cellaring will bestow further complexity on this St-Julien treasure, promising an evolution that will undoubtedly tantalise palates for years to come. The 2017 vintage from Chateau Talbot is not merely an acquisition for ones wine portfolio but an emblem of resilience and exquisite craftsmanship.

Market price (GBP)

£530.00

12x75cl

Highest score

93

POP score

40.77

Scores and tasting notes

92-93

This is solid and structured with blackberry and currant character. Full-bodied, muscular and dialed-in.

James Suckling - jamessuckling.com

90-93

Solid, with currant and plum fruit at the core flanked by focused, chalky tannins. Savory and tobacco notes score the finish. A touch austere but shows impressive drive.—J.M.

Wine Spectator - James Molesworth - winespectator.com

91

The 2017 Talbot is medium to deep garnet-purple in color with aromas of cedar, black cherries, mulberries and warm blackcurrants with touches of earth, tree bark and herbs. The palate is medium-bodied, firm, grainy and muscular with an earthy finish.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate, 16 March 2020

90-92

The 2017 Talbot was picked from 18 to 4 October using manual and optical sorting, matured in 50% new oak. It has a relatively light but well-defined, floral bouquet, pressed flower filtering through that blackberry and boysenberry scents, a little clove and bay leaf lending complexity as it opens in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine but firm tannin that frame the slightly savory black fruit, just a little earthiness developing towards the finish. It is a classic Talbot really, exactly what you would expect for the vintage.

Neal Martin - Neal Martin - vinous.com - May '18

88-91

The 2017 Talbot is powerful and dense, but also a bit rough around the edges, with burly tannins that add to that impression. It will be interesting to see if the 2017 acquire more finesse during aging. Based on the wine's persistence, there is a reasonably good chance that will happen. Intense blue/black fruit, gravel, smoke and licorice add to the wine's dark personality. Tasted two times.

Antonio Galloni - Antonio Galloni - vinous.com - May '18

87-89

Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Talbot is a little closed on the nose with subtle plums and blackberries notes plus hints of underbrush, black olives and wood smoke. Medium-bodied with a firm frame of chewy tannins, it has lovely freshness and a savory finish.

Wine Advocate - Lisa Perrotti-Brown - robertparker.com

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