1986 Talbot 750ml

France - Bordeaux - St Julien | Fourth Growth/ Red / Bordeaux Blend   |     Watch

VF    RP 96   WS 91   JR 17.5   Collector 90
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Vinfolio | Rating: 

Drink Dates: 1995-2020
Author: Vinfolio Team

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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

Drink Dates: 1997-2020
Author: Robert Parker

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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

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Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17.5

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.

Drink Dates: 2002-2006
Author: Jancis Robinson

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 93
Author: Tj R
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 02/13/2015
bright, good tannins, barnyard good

0 of 1 people found this review useful.

Rating: 90
Author: Mayo
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 03/02/2013

0 of 1 people found this review useful.

Rating: 90
Author: dozman3
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 08/23/2013
Drink Dates: 2013-2016
a really fine Bordeaux. near the end of its life. but still wonderfully balanced with dark berries, leather and cassis.

1 of 1 people found this review useful.

Rating: 90
Author: Chip
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 03/10/2008
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.

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Rating: 88
Author: TAs Super Cellar
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 11/03/2012
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.

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Average rating: 92, based on 9 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

1915 bottles owned by 473 collectors.

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About This Producer

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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Wine Varietal: Bordeaux Blend

Six varieties are permitted to be used in a red Bordeaux blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and, less frequently, Carmenere. Each lends a specific characteristic to the finished blends, most of which are dominated by large percentages of either Cabernet Sauvignon, which brings aromatics and age-ability, or Merlot, which adds softness and body. In the Bordeaux region, Cabernet blends are found on the Left Bank and Merlot on the Right.

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