Medium ruby with a medium rim. Floral,(violets); fresh mixe fruiit(black plum, red cherries) followed by figs, green pepper, cedar, cigar and earthy notes on the nose. With a structured palate of smooth elegance and ripeness, this 2011 is pleasant and rounded by now, ever distinguished by silky, mild and very civilised tannins. A medium finish with proportioned oak and graphite, it has the courtesy of being in a good mood everyday wine.
This wine is ranked the same as the stellar 2015 Talbot by WE. It is ranked Decanter 94, a dash higher than 2015
Critical Acclaim are like:
WE95Wine Enthusiast With attractive, juicy fruit, this wine has as much freshness as it does structure. The palate is warm and open with blackberry fruits that are rounded and soft. Spice and some tannins show through on the finish. Drink from 2017.
94 Points, Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2012 Yet another example of the impressive quality of the St Julien classed growths in 2011, this is a deceptively forward blend, showing appealing aromatics, filigree tannins, cassis and cigar box notes and a fine, balanced finish with good oak integration. This won't keep for ages, but it's a delicious, old-fashioned claret. 8+ years.
JS93 James Suckling A juicy young 2011 with chocolate, berry and toasted-oak character. Full and rich. Needs time to soften. This is better than the 2010 Talbot.