Deep ruby, with a tight rim. On the nose, classic blackcurrant and cedary tones. High concentration on plalate and deep yet fresh black fruit. Elegant finish and ripe tannins reflecting the quality work from the famous consultant Stephane Derenoncourt. Giving some rigidities on the finish, Talbot 2014 is not for long term ageing compared to 2015 and 2016. It gives nice, early drinking. Some complexitites; medium bodied.
Scores consistent. RP91 and AG92.
The Wine Advocate - The 2014 Talbot felt reticent and tightly knit on the nose, so I placed my glass to one side and allowed it to aerate for 15-20 minutes. This paid dividends as it revealed blackcurrant, smoke and tobacco aromas, hints of boysenberry with time. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, quite structure and perhaps needing more flow. It feels a little rigid at the moment and I would want more persistence and depth on the finish. Let's see how this ages in bottle, because it certainly showed improvement between samples in October 2016 and February 2017.
Neal Martin - 31/03/2017
Antonio Galloni 92. Ample and broad on the palate, the 2014 Talbot captures the essence of the vintage with an enticing mélange of fresh blue and purplish-hued fruits. Graphite, lavender, mint and sweet spices waft from the glass as the 2014 gradually opens up. At times, Talbot is muscular and powerful, while at other moments it comes across as much more feminine. It is precisely those contrasts that make the 2014 so intriguing. Polished, silky tannins wrap around the super-inviting finish. The 2014 was vinified in cement and steel, with pump overs only. The blend is 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot, while new oak is around 50%.
Antonio Galloni - vinousmedia.com - Apr 2015