Château Talbot Saint-Julien Red Bordeaux Blend 1986

9.162 ratings on Delectable
$149

It's my gut feeling that the 1986 is, along with the 1982, the finest Talbot made at this estate since the legendary 1945...The wine, which has been so special since the first taste from cask, is classically structured, with a penetrating fragrance of peppery, spicy, weedy black currants and tar, an enormous concentration of flavor on the palate, and staggering length. The tannins are noticeable, but they are ripe tannins, somewhat softer than those found in many of the 1986 Medocs. In comparison with stablemate Gruaud-Larose, the Talbot is more developed and flattering to taste today. This should prove to be an extraordinarily long-lived wine, and, as are virtually all the Cordier wines, a marvelous value for your money. Anticipated maturity: Now-2020. Robert Parker

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Ratings on Delectable

Lee Lightfoot Delectable Pro

Super classic. Still massive. Has another 20 years at least.

Super classic. Still massive. Has another 20 years at least.

9.3

Knightsbridge Wine Shoppe Delectable Pro

Great density and power. Berries, spice, a bit of earth.

Great density and power. Berries, spice, a bit of earth.

9.3

Jennifer Brown Delectable Pro

Buyer PLCB-Luxury Division

Tannins are still hard, tar-like. Not pleasant to drink

Tannins are still hard, tar-like. Not pleasant to drink

8.4

John Blazon Delectable Pro

Master Sommelier & Educator Spire Collection

Incredible balance - smooth, supple elegant.. This is what aged St Julien strives to be !

Incredible balance - smooth, supple elegant.. This is what aged St Julien strives to be !

9.7

Daniel P. Drake Delectable Pro

This afternoon was treated to this 1986 Chateau Talbot. On the nose was dark fruit, prune, tobacco, spice and dark cherry. After decanting for a short period of time at first taste the palate gives notes of black cherries, leather, spices, licorice and sandy tannins. There is medium acidity and medium tannins with a very nice long finish. I would say this at least has more life to go a good 5 years.

This afternoon was treated to this 1986 Chateau Talbot. On the nose was dark fruit, prune, tobacco, spice and dark cherry. After decanting for a short period of time at first taste the palate gives notes of black cherries, leather, spices, licorice and sandy tannins. There is medium acidity and medium tannins with a very nice long finish. I would say this at least has more life to go a good 5 years.

9.0

Gil Kulers Delectable Pro

Definitely on its way out. Very disappointing. Could be a one off bad bottle. Fruit definitely disappearing.

Definitely on its way out. Very disappointing. Could be a one off bad bottle. Fruit definitely disappearing.

8.3

Rory Pugh Delectable Pro

Low in acid (in the best way), jammy (in the best way), fruit bomb (in the best way)

Low in acid (in the best way), jammy (in the best way), fruit bomb (in the best way)

9.9

Caroline Conner Delectable Pro

Still very good, tons of graphite

Still very good, tons of graphite

9.2

Robert Cunningham Delectable Pro

Wine Educator DeVinimus, Wine Workshop

Very nice wine though a bit rough on the palate. Good fruit and nose

Very nice wine though a bit rough on the palate. Good fruit and nose

8.9

Jens Hoogstad Delectable Pro

87/100. Best Talbot ever? This is a Lafite killer!

87/100. Best Talbot ever? This is a Lafite killer!

9.8