Talbot 2016

Talbot 2016

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A prestigious Classified Growth of Saint-Julien, Château Talbot is one of the essential references of the wines of the Left Bank in the Bordeaux region. The estate oversees a unique vineyard, consisting of a 110-hectare single vineyard. Château Talbot enjoys an exceptional terroir due its Garonne gravel-alluvial soils and its close proximity to the Gironde estuary.

Benefiting from the expertise of Nancy Bignon-Cordier, oenologist Éric Boissenot and consultant Stéphane Derenoncourt, the wines of Château Talbot are among the most famous Médoc vintages that are recognized for their consistent quality vintage after vintage.

As classy, elegant wines, the style of Château Talbot has a generous bouquet that is expressive in its youth and then reveals great depth and complexity over the years. On the palate, these wines decisively display the typicity of the Saint-Julien appellation that is marked with structured, silky tannins. Château Talbot embodies the excellence of Médoc wines in a classic approach, and is far from the clichés of austerity.

Region/Country: Bordeaux, France

Rating: 90-93 Points by Wine Spectator

Tasting Note: This distinctive wine puts a slightly chewy and austere note of warm stone alongside the vintage’s more typical lush tannins, giving this interesting contrast. The core sports solid currant and blackberry fruit, with ample length.

Chateau Talbot 座落在 Saint-Julien (聖朱利安) 的西部,1855梅多克評級列級酒莊第四級(Quatrieme grands crus classes)。

Chateau Talbot的名字來源於15世紀中期時的一位英國陸軍統帥 -- 約翰·太保(John Talbot)。當時正值英法百年戰爭(Hundred Years’ War)時期,太保將軍是Guyenne地區的總督,在1453年的卡斯蒂永戰役(Battle of Castillon)中,法軍戰勝並擊斃了太保將軍,波爾多這片土地終於得以重回法國的懷抱。據說,太保將軍的大本營曾在Talbot城堡所在的土地上,於是酒莊便以他的姓氏命名,同時酒莊出產的葡萄酒也因這段歷史被人們視為寓意勝利的喜慶之酒。在著名的葡萄酒漫畫《神之水滴》(Drops of God)中,Chateau Talbot紅葡萄酒(Chateau Talbot, Saint-Julien, France)也曾被主人公的父親用來當作預祝兒子比賽勝利的慶賀之酒。

19世紀早期,Chateau Talbot的葡萄酒開始得到人們的普遍好評。這個時候,Chateau Talbot由Marquis d’Aux家族管理。之後,歷經兩度轉手,於1918年被Desire Cordier收購。在Desire Cordier的兒子Georges Cordier和孫子Jean Cordier的細心經營下,Chateau Talbot的名氣達到頂峰,成為波爾多最著名的酒莊之一。