Vintages: 2009, 2010
Connetable de Talbot – Saint Julien
(2nd wine of Château Talbot)
Varieties: 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and 45% Merlot
Ageing: average of 12 months in French oak barrels (50%-60% new)
This is one of the best second wines of the Médoc. Over the years it has profited from all the care given to the vineyard and the increasingly severe selections. Like its elder, this is a classic, elegant wine, with a clear, well-designed structure and a long, fresh final. The reds are dominated by the Cabernet Sauvignon variety (66% of the cultivated surface), the variety of choice in the Médoc, particularly in Saint Julien. This variety provides tannic structure and power. With 26% Merlot, the wines become rounder and more suave. Receptive to maturity, this variety brings more mellowness to the blending. To improve this alchemy of varieties and terroirs, the Petit Verdot provides a delicate touch, like spices in fine cuisine. A difficult variety to tame, it can prove an asset in outstanding vintage years.
Médoc Grand Cru Classé, Château Talbot comprises 107 hectares of vineyard cultivated in the heart of the Saint-Julien commune, an outstanding appellation, as it counts no fewer than 11 classified growths. Ideally situated on the banks of the estuary of the Gironde on hilltops of alluvial gravel carried by the Dordogne River from the Massif Central and from the Pyrénées by the Garonne, Château Talbot’s terroir is exceptional.
History The estate has a rich history. Its name originates with Connétable Talbot, a famous English warrior, governor of Guyenne, defeated at the battle of Castillon in 1453. In 1855, at the time of the Médoc and Graves growth classifications ordered by Emperor Napoléon III, Château Talbot was ranked fourth classified growth of Saint-Julien. For several decades it belonged to the Marquis of Aux. In 1917 Désiré Cordier acquired it. His son Georges, then his grandson, Jean, followed him at the head of the estate. Under their guidance, Talbot became one of the most famous growths in the Bordeaux region.
Upon the death of Jean Cordier during the autumn of 1993 his daughters, Lorraine and Nancy, took over the reins of Talbot. Enriched with the still vivid memory of knowledge and experience of past generations, which preceded them, Lorraine and Nancy formed a team that for more than 15 years animated this Grand Cru with all the talent and respect that it merited. Today, Nancy Bignon Cordier and her husband, Jean-Paul Bignon, pursue the history of Talbot; a long history which has always united with passion the destiny of a family to that of a vineyard.