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2020 Château Talbot En Primeur

2020 Château Talbot is released for sale En Primeur this morning.

Talbot (£478 per dozen) has been undergoing a renaissance under Jean-Michel Laporte (previously at La Conseillante) and Jane Anson describes the 2020 as "a great Talbot, a real success for the château (95 points)".  The other major critics are in general agreement, notable in that Talbot is often not the easiest wine to taste from cask and which often improves in bottle.  Galloni describes it as "hugely promising (95 points)."  We found it elegant and beautifully balanced between charming aromatic fruit aromas and a darker, more intense palate, perfectly framed by judicious use of oak.

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Château Talbot, St.-Julien Cru Classé

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Château Talbot, St.-Julien Cru Classé

Château Talbot is a Quatrièmes Cru Classé in Saint-Julien.  The name originates from the former owner of the land,  Connétable Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury, a famous English military commander, who was defeated at the Battle of Castillon in 1453. The vineyard extends to 102 hectares in the heart of Saint-Julien.

The estate, along with Château Senejac and Domaine Saint Andrieu in Provence, is owned by Nancy Bignon-Cordier and her family.  Often described with terms like 'faithful' and 'reliable', Talbot now has a new injection of dynamism from the appointment last years of Jean-Michel Laporte. 

After training with Jean-Claude Berrouet at JP Moueix, Laporte spent almost 14 years at La Conseillante and so his appointment suggests serious intent to improve quality here even further.  


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