85 Points Robert Parker
Attractive and well made, the 1981 Talbot exhibits surprising elegance and suppleness for this property. Dark ruby, with a moderately intense bouquet of cassis and meaty, leathery, tarry aromas, this medium-bodied wine has good concentration and light tannins. It is drinkable now. Similar in style to the 1979, the 1981 is a shade fruitier and deeper. Anticipated maturity: Now-2000. Last tasted, 4/89.
Source: Robert Parker (Robert Parker Wine Advocate) by Robert M. Parker, Jr. January, 1998