chateau talbot 4eme cru classe, saint-julien 2017
WINE ENTHUSIAST
90
DECANTER
90

2017 chateau talbot 4eme cru classe, saint-julien

Why We're Buying

Château Talbot is a mainstay on lists of the best Médoc wines. The fine gravelly soil produces a grand vin dominated by cabernet sauvignon and merlot. What makes Château Talbot special, though, is its longevity, with world-class stability and dependability during the aging process.

Critics Scores

WINE ENTHUSIAST
90

Wine Enthusiast

A balanced, structured wine, this has berry fruits, rich tannins and a dark core of dryness. Everything is in place for the wine to age well. Drink from 2024.

DECANTER
90

Decanter

Delicate red fruits, showing lovely precision and balance, and soft but unmistakable concentration of menthol and crushed earth notes on the finish. No need to wait too long, there are plenty of tannins here but they are not overpowering the fruit even at this early stage. Slight pyrazine notes stop the fruit from fully expanding, but this is an enjoyable wine.

JAMES SUCKLING
93

James Suckling

Impressive depth of fruit and structure to this 2017 with currant, plum and light chocolate character, medium to full body and round, lightly chewy tannins. Flavorful and long. Dialed-in quality here. Drink after 2022.

WINE SPECTATOR
93

Wine Spectator

Juicy and youthfully compact, with bramble-edged cassis, plum and blackberry flavors, lined with licorice snap and tar details. The grippy back end shows good energy, with latent acidity adding length. A buried bolt of iron adds range. Rock-solid. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Best from 2022 through 2038.

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
91

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 2017 Talbot is medium to deep garnet-purple in color with aromas of cedar, black cherries, mulberries and warm blackcurrants with touches of earth, tree bark and herbs. The palate is medium-bodied, firm, grainy and muscular with an earthy finish.

TIM ATKIN
94

Tim Atkin

Very deep inky colour. Deep, spicy and coffee-ish aromas of earth and roasted kernel. Black fruit underneath. Very profound and deep flavours – serious traditional style. Rich black fruit, savoury meaty touches from oak, and big tannins. Rounded warm finish.