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Talbot Time Machine

A rare tasting celebrates 100 years of the Cordier family’s ownership
Château Talbot's barrel room is considerably younger than most of the wines tasted.
Photo by: Courtesy of Château Talbot
Château Talbot's barrel room is considerably younger than most of the wines tasted.

Posted: Dec 19, 2018 4:00pm ET

Wine Spectator senior editor James Molesworth is back in Bordeaux. He visited Château Talbot for a rare vertical tasting going back to 1919.

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W,g Van Der Zanden B V
Rotterdam, Netherlands —  January 2, 2019 3:14pm ET
I really envy you. Such a vertical of Talbot is probably once in a lifetime. 1919 is a surprise since the vintage produced relatively light wines even more astonishing is that it came from a halve. 1926 is another off-vintage slightly better than it’s predecessor. 1934 was the best of the 30’s and 1945 is a real stunner. The younger vintages speak for themselves. The big advantage was that all wines came from Talbot’s cellars. Lying there peacefully all of their live. I’m pretty sure this might be the reason that the pre-war vintages were still drinkable (and enjoyable!). Having a lot of old claret, eg. Cheval Blanc 1961 in magnum, Mouton Rotschild 1928 etc. it is always a challenge and surprise since identical bottlings vary by the bottle.
I love to read more articles like this!
Cheers, Jan van Doorn

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