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1986 Château Talbot

abv 12.5%
  • 91 WS
  • 88 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 59729-1986-750

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  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

    Big, rich, muscular style with St.-Julien grace; a spicy, oaky and red currant wine with concentrated, powerful flavors flanked by firm tannins that will benefit from cellaring.
    Author: James Laube
  • Bordeaux Book(1998) | Rating: 96

    It's my gut feeling that the 1986 is, along with the 1982, the finest Talbot made at this estate since the legendary 1945. The fact that there are 40,000 cases of this wine is good news for the consumer, as there will be plenty to go around. The wine, which has been so special since the first taste from cask, is classically structured, with a penetrating fragrance of peppery, spicy, weedy black currants and tar, an enormous concentration of flavor on the palate, and staggering length. The tannins are noticeable, but they are ripe tannins, somewhat softer than those found in many of the 1986 Medocs. In comparison with stablemate Gruaud-Larose, the Talbot is more developed and flattering to taste today. This should prove to be an extraordinarily long-lived wine, and, as are virtually all the Cordier wines, a marvelous value for your money. Last tasted, 9/97
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    This exceptional charmer is deep ruby with a brick rim but less yellow than the Figeac. The nose is extremely opulent by any standards, but especially for this vintage. The flavour is deeply intriguing in a classical way. It's full and spreads comfortingly over the palate. Complete, concentrated and very successful for a Talbot, although the acidity became more obvious in the glass and there was a very slight hint of something metallic on the finish.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Author: Mayo
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: John Griffin
  • Self | Rating: 90

    a really fine Bordeaux. near the end of its life. but still wonderfully balanced with dark berries, leather and cassis.
    Drink Dates: 2013-2016
    Author: dozman3
  • Self | Rating: 80

    Bad wine only this bottle fo the 86 Talbot
    Author: Robert P364
  • Self | Rating: 93

    bright, good tannins, barnyard good
    Author: Tj R
  • Self | Rating: 88

    Level below the neck; the wine was showing age with some browning at the edge: some fruit on the nose but slightly dusty; it improved after awhile in the glass and there was some fruit to offset the drying tannins. Needs to be drunk now if this bottle is anything to go by.
    Author: TAs Super Cellar
  • Self | Rating:

    Really solid food wine for the price if not particularly interesting. Classic '86: well rounded, fruity but with good acid.
    Author: Byron G11
  • Self | Rating: 90

    We drank this with dinner (Grilled NY Strip) on 3/10/08. It was decanted for about an hour. It was an unusual color...reddish brown with an orange tint. It had aromas of moldy rotting wood, forest floor, vanilla, old smelly socks, lanolin, burnt toast & coffee...unusual and interesting on the nose. It had flavors of mushrooms, coffee & burnt toast on the palate. I could not detect any fruit. It was all earthy and just a little medicinal. It had medium body, was very smooth and elegant with a distinct (and slightly unpleasant) tartness.
    Author: Chip
  • Self | Rating: 18.5

    Wow. Opens with mature aromas of barnyard and horse saddle. After about an hour lead pencil emerges and the wine is starting to hit its spot. Quality fruit and so very elegant in the mouth. Long clean finish. Super wine which clearly gains in the glass. There's absolutely no rush to drink this wine as I think it will last 10 more years.
    Drink Dates: 2009-2019
    Author: cinnamon
Located in Saint-Julien, Chateau Talbot was classified as a Forth Growth chateau in the 1855 classification. The estate's history traces to Constable Talbot, who was an English warrior, defeated in France at the battle of Castillon in 1453. The Cordier family bought the estate in 1917 and continues operations today. The Cordiers believe in quality wine production with deepest respect for the land, and the results of their efforts are continually met with accolades from critics and wine enthusiasts worldwide. The vineyards are planted with Cabernet Sauvignon (66%), Merlot (26%), Cabernet Franc (5%) and Petit Verdot (3%), which in general mirrors the wine's blend. Talbot wines are consistently firm in structure with well-rounded tannins, and are highly concentrated, giving them excellent aging potential. Chateau Talbot also makes a dry white, Caillou Blanc de Talbot, produced from 80% Sauvignon and 20% Semillon, as well as a second label red, Connetable de Talbot.

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Located in the southwest of France, Bordeaux is the single largest fine-wine-producing region in the world, with more than 15,000 growers spread over 57 appellations and more than 700 million bottles produced annually. The region boasts a two-thousand-year winemaking history and some of the wine world's most recognized and highly sought-after names. Red Bordeaux blends comprise eighty percent of production, but dry and sweet whites are also well-known. The region is divided into the Left and Right Banks (of the Dordogne River); Cabernet Sauvignon prevails in the former and Merlot in the latter.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 1196 bottles owned
  • 208 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 90
    (Out of 208 collectors)