94 pts.Wine Enthusiast: April, 2013
[Barrel sample.] This wine is heavily influenced by ample new-wood aging. It’s deliciously juicy with black currant and plum fruits balanced by swathes of refreshing acidity at the end.
92 pts.Vinous: January, 2016
The 2012 is a supple, inviting wine. Dark red cherry, plum, smoke and licorice appear first, followed by scents of graphite, smoke, violet and sage that add nuance. This expressive, open-knit Saint-Julien has a lot to offer. Above all else, the Talbot is incredibly sensual and inviting. It will be hard to resist young, but also has enough depth to drink well for two decades, perhaps longer. 91 pts.JamesSuckling.com: February 23, 2015
This shows pretty depth and finesse for a young 2012 with mineral, blackberry and clove character. Remains subtle. Full body, a solid core of fruit and a long and structured finish. Better after 2017. 90 pts.Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate: April, 2015
A juicy style of wine, Talbot’s 2012 has a dense ruby/purple color, plenty of black and red currant fruit, a touch of plum, soft tannin and a spicy, medium-bodied mouthfeel. It is excellent, with no hollowness or astringency. This is a very successful wine in this vintage and should drink well for 15–20 years.