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The October 2021 Auction: Part 2

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Auction Ends: 10/14/2021 6:00:00 PM PDT

Lot #86. Talbot 1949

Description: Consists of 2 Bottles, 0.75L
Score: *** MB.
"[1949 is] The third of the great trio of post-war vintages. Stylistically quite different from the concentrated '45s and the ripe and more opulent '47s. At their best, and there were many wines of great style, avoiding some of the constraints and excesses of the two other vintages just mentioned. What on earth were the growing conditions to produce wines like these? Certainly not predictable, perhaps not even understandable. The year started with the driest January and February all round. The always crucial flowering period took place in cold, rainy weather which cause the worst coulure ever remembered and, consequently, a much reduced crop. Hot weather followed, increasing to an almost unprecedented heat wave, 43°C recorded in the Médoc on 11 July. Then storms and, finally, a late harvest in fine weather. It was a very popular vintage with merchants and their customers, prices being very reasonable: Lafite 'for laying down' (in 1954) a mere 24 shillings a bottle, unsurprisingly sold out by the following year. The best are still superb . . . . [Château Talbot 1949 is] More masculine than its 'cousin' Gruaud. An aged classic." Michael Broadbent MW, Michael Broadbent's Vintage Wine: Fifty Years of Tasting Three Centuries of Wines, © 2002
Provenance: The Dominion Cellar
Notes: Top shoulder, lightly scuffed, lightly wine stained, lightly bin soiled, slightly recessed cork capsules, lightly scuffed, lightly bin soiled, lightly damp stained, 1 nicked, 1 lightly torn, 1 wine stained labels.
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Lot Location: Orange County
Estimate: $650

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