Recent discussion on the health (or otherwise) of the fine wine market has generally centred on the fortunes of the First Growths and the Super Seconds. But it is worth remembering that there is a great deal of excellent wine at just below this exalted level that is quietly holdings its price – and in some cases actually posting price rises. 

One such wine is Talbot, the St Julien Fourth Growth that has long been particularly popular in the UK. 

As you can see in the table below, it has weathered the recent  correction relatively unscathed, with prices rising 13%, on average, over the last 12 months. And with Talbot costing less than £500 per case in multiple vintages, it still represents excellent value for money for those wanting to pop the corks.

One vintage to watch is the  2009, which is expected to receive scores in the low-90s from both the Wine Spectator and the Wine Advocate. The only other Talbots boasting similar scores – the 2000, the 1986 and the 1982 –  cost upwards of £600, £1,000, and £1,500, respectively. Trading members can find live market here.


All prices refer to the Liv-ex Best List Price for a 12x75cl case in-bond. WS=Wine Spectator. JR=Jancis Robinson