Chateau Talbot is located in the north east of Saint-Julien bordering the southern aspect of Pauillac. Its vineyards are some of the largest in the Medoc and occupy the highest point in Saint-Julien. The vineyards, turn, roll and wrap around, its neighbours being Leoville Las Cases, Leoville Barton and Leoville Poyferre. The terroir speaks for itself in the quality of this wine and in 2020, it has created a stunning offering. Indeed, at this price it is a must for any claret cellar.
Talbot is one of the most recognisable Chateaux in the UK market, although it maintains a strong foothold around the globe. It is not surprising it is so well known in the UK as it is named after John Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury. In 1453, he lost the battle which allowed Bordeaux to win its vineyards back after 340 years under the stellar guidance of the English Crown, then ramp up prices 600 years later. John Talbot lost his life in said battle, but his name lives on eponymously in a truly great Estate.
Gruaud-Larose, widely recognised as a “super second”, was founded in 1725 on the gravels of Saint-Julien, and initially run by the Gruaud brothers, a magistrate and a priest. It then passed to the former’s son-in-law Joseph-Sebastian de la Rose, adding the second half of the name before the end of the eighteenth century. Thereafter followed a turbulent period of history where the property was split under several different ownerships, before being united by the Cordier group in 1935 and rising to the prominence and prestige it enjoys today. Dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, Gruaud-Larose is well-known for its purity of fruit and power, one of the region’s fullest-bodied and long-lived wines.