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Chateau Talbot St. Julien - 1949

Chateau Talbot St. Julien

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December 19, 2005
This is a spectacular wine, and certainly much above what this property is known for; very elegant nose, refined citrus aromas, fresh and much younger than its age, spicy nose with herbs, chocolate, black pepper and complex aromas that intertwine beautifully; same in the mouth, elegant and refined; the fruit is presented with a light, sophisticated touch; not too much sweetness, not too little; lots of citrus fruit flavors signaling a different style of production than later vintages that have become more fruit-laden and sweet; this has perfect balance and well represented, but contained, dry elegant tannins. (19/20) A second bottle served at the Commanderie’s Dinner Committee meeting was not as fresh and showed its age; there was a lot of old-vine sweetness left , but it was definitely drying out, and had seen better days.


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December 19, 2005
This bottle may have been somewhat imperfect as the cork, although extracted smoothly and intact, was black and greasy; deep sweet aromas, rich fruit, black cherries, blackberries, raspberries, but also dense and somewhat monolithic; pretty much the same in the mouth, big and sweet but somewhat vague on the palate; there is a jammy sweet quality to this wine, but it lacks verve; tastes tired and lacks definition; the wine seems to have very low acidity which accounts for its somewhat boring nature; sweet, thick finish; pleasurable but not memorable. (14.5/20)


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