Recently, Chateau Talbot organized a presentation of the 2009 vintage for his wholesalers/distributors. Connétable de Talbot, Caillou Blanc and Sénéjac were also presented along with 2008 before bottling and the 2007 and 2006.
To be clear, 2009 has incredible ripeness. The Cabernet Sauvignon are wonderful, with exotic fruit and not at all classic, old style Bordeaux, but God is good. Ripe fruit, therefore, purity of style, I would have loved to make this wine!
2008 will, most likely, be a good and top Talbot, but actually 2009 marks a clear change, with investments in human resources plus the technical development. This cru, which was already one of the favorite wines of Bordeaux trade (and clients), will probably be a favorite with critics (Wine Spectator : 92-95).
The evolution of Sénéjac towards organic certification proves again that planning, means, help from friends, are paying off. To quote a famous critic: Bravo!
The warm and welcoming atmosphere felt from this cru, my happy colleagues, here no waffle, no "pressure". This cru - and its leaders – are confident and have friendly dealings with their customers. We are not in these power relations often lived elsewhere.
The meal that followed, served quickly, was very good as usual, and the icing on the cake (hint, generosity): 1945 Talbot in magnums was served to everyone attending, amazingly young, served fresh - at cellar temperature - probably to show the obvious connection with 2009 with its Cabernet Sauvignon picked ripe and exotic in 1945 (when will I drink a 1945 Chateau Mouton from their own cellar compared with a 1945 Mouton from a private cellar in Bordeaux?).
The same evening, we received friends at our house: one of Murielle’s former colleague when she worked at the hospital in Libourne, Chantal Rigal with her joie de vivre, and a cheeky smile “titi Bordelaise” (she could be in theater), made us laugh, eat quality products and drink well: including our Fayat Thunevin-Pomerol 2006.