Chateau Talbot is located in the heart of the Saint Julien appellation on the highest elevation the region can offer, 23 meters above sea level. Talbot was named as such after an English General Connetable Talbot, governor of the province of Guyenne, who was defeated famously at the battle of Castillon in 1453, the end of the Hundred Years War. Talbot was also a medieval breed of dog from Normandy used for hunting, similar to a beagle or bloodhound, often used by the English Noblemen in the 15th century.
Talbot today is a prized jewel of the left bank. The fourth growth Grand Cru Classe consistently produces very fine wines from one of the largest estates in the Medoc. At 104 hectares, mostly planted to Cabernet Sauvignon along with some Merlot and Petit Verdot, the Chateau ages its wines between 14-16 months in equal parts new and old French oak. This gives the wine wonderful freshness and balance.
The wine is dense in profile with many nuances. Showing complex confit plum, liquorice, spice, pepper, smoked meat and roasted cedar. It still has the profile of a youthful wine and will reward careful cellaring for the next decade or so.
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