2016 Chateau Talbot, Connetable | Friarwood Fine Wines

2016 Chateau Talbot, Connetable

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  • Type: Still red
  • Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot
  • Style: Mellow and Flamboyant
  • Alcohol: 12.5%
  • Country: France
  • Region: Bordeaux
  • Subregion: Saint Julien
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Legend has it that Chateau Talbot takes its name from a British soldier, Connetable Talbot, who was killed in a battle at Castillon in 1453; the estate was named in his honour. Since 1917, Talbot has been owned by the Cordier family. The family has invested heavily in Talbot to ensure that it achieves the quality levels of which it is capable. With 102 hectares of vineyards, Talbot is one of the largest estates in the Medoc. The second wine of this famed 4th Growth is sourced from vines of 30 years old and was vinified in stainless steel tanks, followed by an oak maturation of 15 months in 15% new barrels. The blend of the 2016 vintage consists of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon & 60% Merlot.

Medium-bodied, dense fruit, extremely youthful, with plenty of potential for long-ageing. Red and black fruit, tobacco leaf and a stony mineral-character which will soften with time. Quite charming at this early stage; time will add polish to the long, smoky finish.

Strong flavours; lamb, beef stews, cured meat.

A fabulous Talbot to drink at 10-15 years from vintage, somewhat forward, but for the moment one to store rather than consume.

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