One of the largest estates in Bordeaux, Chateau Talbot is a 102 hectare vineyard planted to Cabernet Sauvignon (66%), Merlot (26%), Petit Verdot (5%), and Cabernet Franc (3%). Talbot also produces a white wine called Le Caillou Blanc, which is comprised of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. It was classified in the 1855 classification and is one of ten Quatrièmes Crus Classés "Fourth Growth" wines.
The 2003 Chateau Talbot is deep in color and has a bouquet that shows aromas of plum, leather, prunes, cedar, and black cherry. It's terroir driven and does show some barnyard and earthy tones as well. On the palate flavors of black cherry, plum skin, prune juice, tomato, and cedar touch down on the palate in a ripe but dry fashion. There is a touch of green and soil that is present but is secondary to the fruit, which adds to the complexity. It's an elegant style wine with good fruit to earth balance and a dry medium length finish. The tannin is still young and firm and the wine will improve with bottle age. Overall a serious and streamlined effort that deserves 90 points.
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