Talbot 2018 has been released at €42 per bottle ex-negociant, up 12.9% on the 2017’s opening price of €37.2. This is also 3.6% higher than Liv-ex’s members’ prediction of €40.56, outlined in our annual En Primeur survey.

Talbot 2018 is being offered by the international trade at £518 per 12×75, up 13.6% on the 2017 release of £456 per case.

James Suckling awarded the wine a barrel range of 94-95 points and called it “one of the best Talbots in a long time”.

Antonio Galloni (Vinous, 91-94) was also effusive in his praise. He commented: “The 2018 Talbot is super-refined and nuanced from start to finish. Powerful yet also impeccably refined […] Simply put, the 2018 Talbot is stellar.”

According to Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW (The Wine Advocate), who gave it 91-93 points, the wine “has commendably ripe, fine-grained tannins and restrained, earthy layers on offer in the mouth with an herbal lift on the finish”.

With this price tag, the 2018 Talbot is coming to the market above a number of recent vintages currently available. Buyers might want to consider the physical 2016 vintage, which was also met with positive critical reception and is now available at a small discount.