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Community Tasting Notes (60) Avg Score: 92.2 points

  • Medium garnet color, only slightly translucent, with some brick color and browning at the edges. Amazingly pronounced complex nose of cedar, tobacco, leather, a touch of anise, and smoky toasted French oak. On the palate, still plenty of fruit, but perfectly balanced with acidity; very little tannin left. The fruit still dominates the structure, as it should. The same aroma components are present in the flavor, with anise a bit more pronounced. The alcohol comes through in a slightly hot aftertaste, which just keeps going. Talbot has always been one of our favorites, delivers a great wine for the price. We cherish every bottle of our '80's, but not too many left. If you have this wine, by all means open and enjoy!

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  • Paired with Leoville Poyferré and Gruaud Larose. More evolved in colour. On the nose spices, herbs, some vegetal and green notes. Not much fruit on the palate, a bit drying. Good acidity and finish. 88-90

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  • A Casual Wednesday in Toronto with the Toronto Cru (FWR, Toronto, ON): (served blind) pours on the lighter end of things in terms of colour with heavy bricking. The nose is complex, mature and expansive of celery seed, green peppercorn, dark cherry, unsmoked cigar tobacco, sweet cedar, herbs, barnyard (some brett clearly evident), dry leaves and leather. Palate is somewhat drying out at this stage. Fully enjoyable todday but don't wait too much longer. The tannins are mostly gone and the fruit and cedar leave a lovely old bordeaux sweet impression with moderate acid providing refreshment. I guessed left bank Bordeaux from 83, 85 or 88 due to the green streak, lightness and full maturity. In hindsight I almost should have known is was a Cordier bottling due to the rusticity.

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  • I bought this on release in 1988 and have cellared it since. An amazing wine for 30 years old, an excellent example of how beautifully Bordeaux can age and become more complex. Medium brick color, some definite browning at the edges. Quite viscous, with slow-moving "legs". Aromas as pronounced and complex as any wine I've tasted recently...classic cedar, cigar-box, leather, earthy "barnyard", with toasty French oak, so typical of Talbot and other Cordier reds. There is still plenty of fruit and flavor, supple, soft, complex, round, perfectly balanced...plums, blackberries, licorice, nicely blended with oak. The aftertaste is incredibly long. Wines like this are what make Bordeaux as precious as it is, that can last this long and still have such fruit, aromas, and complexity. As much as I love the big "fruit bombs" from U.S. and Australia, a perfectly aged and mature Bordeaux is unique.

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  • An "intellectual" wine that brings back memories of old books in a library, wet grass, liquorice, leather and name a few. We find the complete lack of tannins to lessen the experience, albeit the silky smooth elegance is well-received.

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  • By Chris Kissack
    May 2000, (See more on Winedoctor...) 17 points

    (Chateau Talbot St Julien) A deeply coloured wine, with some orange-red to the rim. Thick oily legs. The nose is delightful; meaty, oaky, violets. Slightly spicy/curry notes. The palate has good body. Tannins evident, finish is alcoholic. Cigar-smoke flavour. Good length.

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