This 1996 Chateau Talbot Cabernet displays typical Bordeaux flavours of red- and blackcurrant, but also plum. It has earthy undertones which are not detracting from the purity of the fruit. The tannins are soft and the wine has a harmoneous finish.
This is a strong showing from one of the cheaper Bordeaux chateaus. A very good wine, drinking nicely now, but with many years ahead. A good example that Bordeaux should really be aged well so that the tannins can mellow and integrate with the fruit. If the fruit is good, as in this case, you have something quite special.