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Chateau Angelus St. Emilion, Premier Cru Classe A, Bordeaux wine producer profile, with wine tasting notes, wine ratings, a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir, along with wine tasting reviews. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau Angelus has one of the longer histories in the St. Emilion appellation. The de Bouard family has a long history in the region. In fact, the de Bouard family has been in Bordeaux for more than 700 years. They arrived in St. Emilion in 1782. However, even though Chateau Angelus has been around for quite a while, the chateau does not have the same track record. Compared to the current owners, Angelus is mere baby having been born in 1782. That was the year when Georges de Bouard began purchasing vineyard land in the St. Emilion area. At the time, de Bouard was a Jurat, and a member of the Jurade of St. Emilion

Skipping ahead a few hundred years, Catherine de Bouard de Laforest began living at a St. Emilion property known as Chateau Mazerat at the close of the 18th century. The addition of 13 hectares of prime vineyard land acquired by Maurice de Bouard de La Forest further increased their holdings. Maurice de Bouard de La Forest continued adding more vineyard land and was soon referring to the property as Clos de L’Angelus. Over the years, more vines were added to the vineyard.

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Angelus earned its name from a common, everyday event. On a daily basis, the people working their Bordeaux vineyards heard the sound of the bells from three local churches. That sound inspired the now famous name of the chateau as well as the logo and the sculpture of the logo that appears in the backyard of the property.

Chateau Angelus is still owned by the de Bouard family. In fact, since 1989, Angelus is considered one of the top estates in the entire Right Bank appellation. Hubert de Bouard is currently in charge of managing the family directed property. Today, all the children participate in running the estate. Prior to his tenure, the truth is, the property was not making wines as good as their terroir allowed. The estate had a reputation for having made great wines in the 1950’s. But by the 1960’s, the quality of wine being produced at the St. Emilion had slipped.

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Hubert de Bouard joined the family business at Chateau Angelus after graduating from Bordeaux University, where he studied under the famed Professor Emily Peynaud. It took a while before things began turning around for Chateau Angelus. In years like 1982 and 1985, when the materials were there to make great wine, like many St. Emilion estates, Chateau Angelus under-performed.

Starting with the 1988 vintage, Hubert began rapidly turning things around at Angelus. He was one of the first Bordeaux wine makers to embrace fermenting in open top vats and conducting malolactic fermentation in small barrels. Hubert de Bouard began employing other techniques that were popular in Burgundy, but were not widely used at the time in Bordeaux. This included fermenting with whole berries, ageing on the lees, farming, harvesting and vinifying on a parel by parcel basis.

To further improve the wines of Chateau Angelus, Hubert de Bouard lowered yields, increased selection and began aging the wines in new, French oak barrels. de Bouard, a former pupil of Emile Peynaud insists he was, and is making Bordeaux wine at Angelus the way it was made during the 1950’s, but with a modern twist.

Shortly after de Bouard began running the property, he instituted another change. He changed the name from L’Angelus to Angelus. He said, “This allows the wine to show up first in alphabetized lists.” He was right!

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The vineyards of Chateau Angelus cover 39 hectares. 27 of those hectares are classified with First Growth status. The vines are planted on two unique types of soil. Clay with limestone and clay with sand and limestone that is located on the sloping hillsides. The vineyard is planted to 50% Merlot, 47% Cabernet Franc and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon. The vines average close to 38 years of age. The estate has old vines dating all the way back to 1918. While the oldest vines are Merlot, the estate has 10 hectares of Cabernet Franc that are more than 60 years of age. The vineyard is planted to a vine density that ranges from 6,500 to 8,000 plants per hectare. Newer plantings are the higher level of vine density.

Serious vineyard management techniques are practiced including debudding, followed by crop thinning in the summer and green harvesting. The vines are pruned using “Girondine” method, which leaves two canes. Vineyard practices remain traditional. Some rows are seeded with grass to reduce water.

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The vine canopies allow the leafs to gain maximum sun exposure. The fruit is hand picked and sorted three times. In the vineyard, again after it’s been destemmed and a final time at the winery. Starting with the 2009 vintage, Hubert de Bouard’s pursuit to obtain the finest possible Bordeaux wine inspired him to add a line of 60 people to manually destem berry by berry. Hubert believes manual destemming helps the berries remain intact. It’s amazing watching two rows of destemmers, each 30 deep in people, working on the fruit, one berry at a time.

Hubert de Bouard said, “Manual destemming helps the berries remain intact, while retarding oxygenation and retaining freshness”. Bouard used this method for 20% of the 2009 crop.  In 2010, they employed 150 workers to manually destem the grapes. With the additional workers, they came close to hand destemming half their crop! For storing, they were one of the first St. Emilion estates to embrace optical sorting technoloogy. To ensure only the top grapes are used, an additional hand sorting takes place after the fruit is put through the optical sorter.

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To make the wine of Chateau Angelus, the process starts with cold maceration that is seldom more than 5 days. Fermentation takes place in a combination of 24 temperature controlled vats of wood, stainless steel and concrete. There are 8 wood vats ranging in size from 70 to 75 hectoliters. There are 8 stainless steel vats, concrete and open top, oak vats. The vats are on average 70 hectoliters, with some smaller vats of 50 hectoliters. There are 9 concrete tanks as well. Everything in the cellar moves by gravity flow. After Malolactic fermentation in barrel is completed, the wine is aged in 100% new, French oak barrels for between 18-24 months. The length of time depends on the vintage and its characteristics. On average, there are 8,500 cases of Chateau Angelus produced every vintage. The estate also produces a second Bordeaux wine, Le Carillon de l’Angelus.

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Starting in 2007, Chateau Angelus introduced a third wine, Number 3 d’Angelus. Productions of the third wine is small with close to 800 cases per vintage. The de Bouard family own other estates in the Right Bank including; Chateau Bellevue in St. Emilion, La Fleur de Bouard in Lalande de Pomerol and Chateau de-Francs in Cotes de Francs. Hubert de Bouard consults numerous chateaux in the Medoc, Pessac Leognan, St. Emilion and Pomerol.

In June, 2012, Stéphanie de Boüard-Rivoal, the daughter of Hubert de Bouard was named executive manager of the estate. That same year. September 6, 2012, Chateau Angelus was upgraded in the official 2012 St. Emilion Classification to Premier Grand Cru Classe A. Only 4 St. Emilion estates share that honor. To celebrate the upgrade in the classification, Chateau Angelus released the 2012 vintage in a special pitch black, colored bottle that was embossed with a 21.7 carat gold imprinted script. This design replaced their standard paper label. The unique design will only be used for the Chateau Angelus 2012 vintage. When the 2012 Angelus was first offered for sale as a future, the estate raised the price. A decision that was considered controversal, due to the moderate quality of the difficult vintage. However, prices for all back vintage of Chateau Angelus quickly moved up in the marketplace following their elevated status, vindicating their price increase.

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Preceding and coinciding with the upgrade of the classification for Chateau Angelus, the estate began a complete renovation of the property. Designed by the noted architect Jean-Pierre Errath, the massive project included the creation of new cellars, the reception center for guests, work on the chateau, business offices and the famous, Chateau Angelus Bell tower. A large part of the effort required extensive use of limestone blocks from the Frontenac quarries located in St. Emilion. It is estimated that the total cost of the renovations was close to 10 million Euros. Much of the work was completed in 2013, just in time for the 2013 harvest. The entire renovation of Chateau Angelus was finished in early 2014. The estates renovation is not the only new project Hubert de Bouard has been in involved with. In late 2013, the de Bouard family expanded their holdings in St Emilion when they purchased the restaurant, Logis de la Cadene. Logis de la Cadene has one of the longest histories in St. Emilion and having dined there, from personal experience I can honestly say, its one of the top restaurants in all of Bordeaux as well.

The style of Chateau Angelus is pure silk and velvet. It’s a rich, full bodied and concentrated, Bordeaux wine, offering silky textures that’s filled with luscious, opulent, spicy dark fruit, licorice, spice and truffle that ages well.

Aside from their interests in Bordeaux, the de Bouard family also own vineyards in South Africa with Anwilka and Klein Constantia located in the Stellenbosch appellation.

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Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2013 Château Angélus

    1. From a blend of 62% Merlot and 38% Cabernet Franc, truffle, chocolate-covered cherry, earth and spice box aromas are coupled with soft, silky tannins and a medium-bodied finish filled with silky, dark red berries and cocoa. From yields of 28 hectares per hectare, the Grand Vin was produced from 65% of the harvest. The wine reached 13.1% alcohol. According to Hubert de Bouard, it is the best Burgundy they have ever made. 91-93 Pts

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  2. 2012 Château Angélus

    1. From a blend of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Franc, the wine shows good depth of color. Smoke, truffle, espresso bean, blackberries, earth and spice create the aromatics. Medium/full-bodied in density, there is a core of dark spicy plums in the finish. 92-94 Pts

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  3. 2012 Le Carillon de l'Angélus

    1. Medium-bodied, soft and already approachable, the wine delivers juicy plums and an easy-to-like personality. 86-88 Pts

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  4. 2011 Château Angélus

    1. Forward, charming, polished and poised, with a core of sweet, ripe back cherries, licorice, espresso and earth, this supple textured wine is quite strong for the vintage.

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    2. 52% Merlot and 48% Cabernet Franc create the blend, which reached 13.9% alcohol. Deep in color with fresh floral aromas complicated by licorice, plum, boysenberry, coffee, truffle, cocoa and smoke. Round tannins and soft textures leave a plush impression on the palate with corpulent layers of black cherry liqueur and dark chocolate. 93-95 Pts

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  5. 2010 Château Angélus

    1. Inky in color, the perfume explodes with black raspberries, black cherries, licorice, chocolate and smoky aromas. The wine coats your palate with layers of fruit gushing with ripe berries that remain in your mouth for close to 60 seconds! This has really fleshed out since I first tasted it in barrel. The acidity is more pronounced giving the wine more freshness and lift. This is a very serious wine that will only get better over the next several decades.

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    2. Intense aromatics of truffle, dark chocolate, spice, oak, plum, blackberry, coconut, incense, smoke and wet earth create the complex aromatics. On the palate, the wine is pure, the tannins are cashmere and the finish is rich, deep, and long, with flavors that build in the mouth.

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    3. Inky, black in color, blending 55% Merlot and the remaining portion with Cabernet Franc, the wine offers floral, minerality, coffee, ripe blackberry, licorice and black cherry aromas. This St. Emilion wine is packed and stacked with layers of ripe, round, plush, dark fruit. This is intense, polished, rich, sexy, opulent and long. 96-97 Pts

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    4. Angelus From an assemblage of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Franc, this inky purple wine sports a beautiful sheen. Licorice, coffee, jammy black and red fruits, earth and stone aromas are found with little effort. The full boded, rich, concentrated wine feels sexy and plush with its cashmere tannins. The long, intense, balanced finish ends with licorice, chocolate and pure, black plum liqueur sensations. Hubert de Bouard prefers this to the 2005, which for me, remains the benchmark wine for Chateau Angelus. At this point in time, I do not agree with Hubert. But it’s going to be fun comparing those and other vintages over the next several decades. 96-98 Pts

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  6. 2010 Le Carillon de l'Angélus

    1. A fun wine with ample. ripe, black raspberries, licorice and even a bit of chocolate and cherry that is already showing some of its charms. The wine comes from a parcel selection and is not made solely from declassified fruit.

      88 points - Tasted
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  7. 2009 Château Angélus

    1. Espresso, chocolate, licorice, plum liqueur, truffle and mint are revealed with little effort. Rich, thick, dense, opulent and packed with sexy, plush fruit and minerality, the long, pure, finish is rich, clean and builds on the palate for close to fifty seconds!

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    2. Licorice, caramel, truffle and jammy black plums fill your nose with a powerful perfume. Big, fat, concentrated and fleshy, this Bordeaux wine is packed with layers of sweet black fruit and licorice, finishing with coffee, licorice, ripe blackberry and plum flavors. The wine is tasting more complete than when first sampled in April, 2010.

      96 points - Tasted
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    3. 2009 Angelus is opaque. Ripe dark berries, oak, licorice, minerals, and black raspberry aromas pop from the glass. This fleshy, flashy, sensuous, thick wine coats your palate with rich, ripe dark berries. Hubert de Bouard thinks the 2009 is a better wine than 2005. I do not agree. But the 09 is a stunning wine. 96-98 Pts

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  8. 2008 Château Angélus

    1. Oak, coffee, blackberry, licorice, black cherry, spice and earth scents make up the perfume. Stylish, with polished, silky textures, this elegant wine does not offer the levels of concentration found in the top vintages. In some ways, this is similar to 2001 Angelus.

      93 points - Tasted
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    2. 08 Château Angelus. The winemaker avoided potential harsh tannins by focusing on a more gentle extraction than usual. The result is a deeply colored wine with an attractive purple rim. Black and red fruits, licorice, spice, minerals and oak aromatics pop from the glass. The wine has elegant, polished tannins. The silky finish ends with black cherry, licorice, and black berry flavors. The wine reminds me of their charming 2001. This Angelus will drink well early. 91-94 Pts

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  9. 2007 Château Angélus

    1. Drinking perfectly already, this soft textured, plummy, chocoalte covered cherry filled, medium bodied wine is open. This is not a wine to age for decades. I'd opt for drinking this on the young side.

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  10. 2006 Château Angélus

    1. Still deep in color, the wine exudes anise, chocolate, plums, coffee bean, blackberry, spice and floral scents. Produced from a blend of 62% Merlot and 38% Cabernet Franc, this intense, concentrated, full bodied, opulently textured wine has improved since the last time I tasted it. In another 5-8 years, it's going to be even better. Now, if I can keep from opening it for that long.

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  11. 2005 Château Angélus

    1. The nose explodes with chocolate, truffle, roasted cherries, flowers, mint, licorice and mineral notes. On the palate, the wine is packed and stacked with what seems like endless layers of rich, ripe, fat, pure, sensuous, lush black and red fruit and polished, silky tannins that end in a long, clean, pure, hedonistic, spicy, chocolate covered, boysenberry and black cherry finish. Due to the nature of the tannins and the wealth of ripe fruit, you can drink this today with pleasure. But I'm holding off for 7-9 years to allow for further development.

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    2. The color of midnight oil, this springs to life with black and blue fruit, fresh cracked pepper, licorice, jam, coffee and hints of vanilla bean scents. Thick, rich, concentrated and pure, this special wine delivers an intensity of flavor and purity that few other wines offer. The cashmere textured finish ends with fresh, polished black and blue fruits that last close to 50 seconds!

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    3. Intense in the nose and mouth. Pure, decadent, ripe, sexy, silk drenched fruit pours over your palate. Very concentrated with polished tannins, the wine ends with a seemingly endless stream of pure, ripe fruit.

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    4. This is the finest wine Angelus has ever produced. Inky black in color, with essences of liquefied fruit and minerals. Pure silk. Your palate jumps for joy when this incredibly rich, concentrated Bordeaux elixir flows over your palate. This is intense. What a pleasure to taste.

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    5. This sports an inky purple color. Spice box aromas, coupled with blackberry, plum, anise and more fill the air. The wine is rich, concentrated and intense. There is an amazing purity to the wine. The finish is polished, long and clean. This is very sexy and serious juice. This 53% Merlot, 47% Cabernet Franc wine will need time to develop just like the 89 & 90. The smooth tannins are in balance. This mighjt be a better wine than the 90 or 00, my two favorite vintages of Angelus.

      99 points - Tasted
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  12. 2004 Château Angélus

    1. One of the wines of the vintage, the wine is soft, round and silky, with ample concentration. The nose displays truffle, blackberry, plum, licorice, chocolate and earth. The wine was made from a blend of 62% Merlot and 38% Cabernet Franc.

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    2. One of the top wines of the vintage. This is extremely ripe, rich, dense and concentrated with an ocean of hedonistic, ripe fruit. The finish is a thrill with its hedonistic qualities. This is not only a major accomplishment for the vintage, but, it would be a great wine in any year. And the best part is, this wine remains a bargain for consumers looking to add more Angelus to their cellar.

      94 points - Tasted
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  13. 2003 Château Angélus

    1. Maturing at a more rapid pace than originally anticipated, the wine is soft, fleshy and round, offering jammy plum, dark cherry, truffle, cocoa and smoke on the nose. The supple textured finish delivers sweet fruits and jam. This is close to mature. There is probably no hurry to drink it yet, but there is not much reason to wait before popping a cork.

      92 points - Tasted
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    2. This offers up large quantities of spicy black fruit with blue fruit accents. Hedonistic in style, but without the depth and complexity found in their 2004. This vintage features ose to 60% Cabernet Franc.

      93 points - Tasted
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  14. 2001 Château Angélus

    1. Sex, silk and velvet in texture, this very polished, lush, refined wine offers truffle, smoke, tobacco, black cherry and coconut in the perfume. Drinking wonderfully, further positive development can be expected. If you are a fan of Angelus, or if you are a consumer wondering what all the fuss is about, 2001 remains one of the few remaining good deals in the marketplace today.

      95 points - Tasted
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    2. With sweet cherry pipe tobacco, licorice and truffle scents, this mature, soft, round, plush, spicy, red berry and plum oriented St. Emilion is ready for delicious prime time drinking.

      92 points - Tasted
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    3. 2001 Angelus demands your attention with its coffee, licorice, plum, floral, blueberry, chocolate and black cherry laden nose. Opulent, plush and the texture of polished velvet on the palate, the wine ends with a long, fleshy, round finish filled with ripe, dark berries, fennel and mocha. This St. Emilion wine has clearly improved over the past few years. It will probably continue to improve, but if you have more than a few bottles, it's a good time to open a bottle. 2001 Angelus and 2004 Angelus are probably the two best deals in the marketplace today from this exalted Bordeaux chateau. Prices can only rise on those two vintages. 95 Pts

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    4. Licorice, black cherry, kirsch, earth and espresso bean make up the interesting perfume. On the palate, the wine is supple, plush and round, with elegant tannins. Medium/full bodied and developing well, this delicious St. Emilion wine is starting to drink well today and should provide pleasure for at least another 12-20 more years.

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  15. 2000 Château Angélus

    1. Licorice, floral, truffle, forest floor, Asian spice, coffee and jammy black plum liqueur make up the attention grabbing perfume. In the mouth, this is pure silk, velvet and cashmere. Rich, concentrated and with depth of flavor, this sublime St. Emilion wine will age for decades. I have high hopes current vintages will develop this level of complexity. Tasted at least 3 times on this trip from bottle and magnum, the wine consistently showed at this high level. With prices for the 2010 being as expensive as they are, for a top level bottle of Chateau Angelus, that is almost ready to drink, (2-3 years will add more complexity) this is worth buying.

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    2. Deep ruby in color, with a combination of black and blue fruit, floral, earth, licorice, coffee and truffle aromas, this suave, opulent, rich wine is filled with layers of lush, concentrated, ripe, sexy fruit and earth. There is not a hard edge to be found in this stunning St. Emilion. At 11, this is already a beautiful wine. It's going to be even better when it hits 21. As this probably sells for less than the cost of the 2009 or 2010, while expensive, if it's your style, (it's definitely mine), it's worth grabbing some.

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    3. 2000 Angelus rocks! Not a sophisticated TN, but it clearly expresses what this stunning wine is all about. Deep, dark, purple tinted hues are beautiful to look at. The nose is filled with a myriad of scents. The palate presence delivers endless layers of rich, ripe, black and red fruits. Very concentrated and complex. Perfectly balanced. With each sip, this wine got better and better. This is the type of wine you can spend hours with watching it develop in the glass. Easily at the level of the legendary 89 & 90… and possibly better, this is a spectacular Angelus! This wine will continue improving for 2-3 decades. This is a very special wine.

      97 points - Tasted
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    4. Opens with aromatics of ripe, black fruits, fresh herbs, minerals, spice and fennel. Packed and stacked with perfectly Bordeaux ripe fruit, coupled with textures akin to liquid silk, this intense, deep, plush, opulent wine fills your palate with layers of plums and black fruit.

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    5. 2000 Angelus might be a baby, but it's not too early to know how this wine will show at maturity. Licorice, blackberry, plum, black raspberry and chocolate aromatics open the gateway to layers of soft, velvety fruit and opulent textures. This sexy wine can be enjoyed today, but another 5 years is going to add a lot of complexity to this stunning wine.

      96 points - Tasted
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    6. If you're seeking a wine with explosive, complex aromatics accompanied by endless waves of sexy, hedonistic fruit with a finish as exciting as the French Open in a great year, look no further. I get to taste this wine fairly often and I can honestly say, it gets better with every tasting. In time, this will probably be better than the legendary 90. Still young, if you only have a few bottles, wait until at least 2015 to begin experiencing this wines incredible and ample charms

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    7. Silky, velvety tannins, rich, ripe, opulent fruit. Deep concentration and complexity that will keep the most jaded tasters interest. Still young, but, approachable, this should be mature about 2015 and offer stunning pleasure for another 20 or more years after that!

      96 points - Tasted
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    8. Deep, dark, purple tinted hues are beautiful to look at. The nose is filled with blackberry essence, plums, chocolate, stone, licorice and jam. On the palate, endless layers of rich, ripe, black and red fruits. Concentrated, complex and balanced. The polished, long, deep finish seems endless in this stunning Bordeaux.

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  16. 1999 Château Angélus

    1. Already at maturity, this medium bodied, red berry dominated wine offers earth, leaf, ripe spicy cherries and herbal notes. There is no reason to hold this lighter, elegantly styled wine. While it's pleasant to drink, it's not going to improve.

      90 points - Tasted
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  17. 1998 Château Angélus

    1. Truffle, licorice, forest floor, plums and fresh herbs pair perfectly with the silky, lush textures and the long, pure, spicy, black cherry finish. Drinking great today, a few more years is only going to add additional complexity to the wine.

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    2. Light ruby in color, the wine offers truffle, roasted pit fruit, fennel and smoke in the perfume. With soft, round, opulent textures and beginning to show signs of maturity, the wine ends with layers of licorice and spice, along with red and black fruits. If you have more than a few bottles, this is a good time to try one.

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    3. The color remains deep, dark, still showing a slight purple tint. On the nose, the cornucopia of aromatics is stunning. Fresh herbs, cassis, cherries, plums, blackberries, licorice and smoke roar from the glass. The mouth feel sports a silky texture. Decadent layers of opulent, sexy, lush, polished ripe fruit gracefully coat your palate, sending your pleasure meter into overtime. Very concentrated. The seamless finish must last over 45 seconds. Still young. Another 5 years will add multiple layers of complexity to this already stunning wine. This is the best wine produced by the Chateau between 1990 and 2000.

      95 points - Tasted
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    4. Plums, coffee, blackberries, fennel and spicy oak open the perfume. Concentrated with plush, elegant, ripe dark fruit, the opulent, long finish ends in velvet coated plummy fruit.

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    5. The color remains deep, dark and still shows a slight purple tint. On the nose, the cornucopia of aromatics is stunning. Fresh herbs, cassis, cherries, plums, blackberries, licorice and smoke roar from the glass. The mouth feel is almost off the charts. Decadent layers of opulent, sexy, lush, polished ripe fruit gracefully coat your palate sending your pleasure meter into over time.

      96 points - Tasted
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  18. 1996 Château Angélus

    1. 1996 Angelus could be on already the down hill side. With light aromatics coupled a black raspberry and cranberry flavored finish and medium body, the wine showed less fruit and more acidity than when last tasted. Drink up.

      88 points - Tasted
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    2. Spicy dark fruit and earthy aromas are easy to find. This medium bodied wine is fully mature and need to be drunk up. The light berry and dark cherry finish leaves you wanting more.

      89 points - Tasted
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  19. 1995 Château Angélus

    1. The nose offers blackberries, licorice and smoke along with a hint of saline. Concentrated with ripe fruit and tannins. This structured wine is hard style for Angelus. The tanninc spine does not allow the wines trademark velvet feel to come through. I'm not sure how this will eventually turn out, but at close to 15, it is unlikely the wines personality will improve.

      91 points - Tasted
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  20. 1994 Château Angélus

    1. Fully mature and starting to fade, there is some soft, red fruit, earth, herbs and spice. But the tannins are slightly rustic. I'd drink this over the next few years as it's not going to improve and will probaby continue to decline. It's a good effort for an off vintage.

      91 points - Tasted
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    2. Chocolate mint, spice, cassis, red and black plum aromatics, medium/full bodied, plum and cocoa flavors with a sensation of rusticity in the tannins. This is a nice wine and a great success for the vintage, but it lacks the generosity of the best vintages of Angelus.

      92 points - Tasted
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    3. 94 Angelus with two hours of air offers smoke, truffle, licorice, chocolate, plum, earth and coffee scents. In the mouth, while full bodied and concentrated,when the wine hits your palate it starts off with licorice, chocolate and ripe plums, but moves to some green flavors and dryness in the finish. This is a nice wine. I'm happy to own it as it cost about $30 on release. But I would not buy it for the current price. You're much better off picking the 01 or 04, which remain well priced examples of this chateau. 92 Pts

      92 points - Tasted
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    4. Inky, ruby color. Blackberries, vanilla, coffee and licorice scents are easy to discern. Nice palate presence. Tannic, but not fully ripe fruit. Mostly black fruit on the palate. The wines personality is on the austere side. While it has decent weight accompanied by some concentration, the austere, tannic nature stops me from loving it.

      90 points - Tasted
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  21. 1990 Château Angélus

    1. This is so sexy, it deserves an XXX rating. Opulent, sensuous and silky, the wine slips and slide all over your palate with its decadent textures. Complex and concentrated, this is ready for prime time drinking.

      98 points - Tasted
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    2. Perhaps it would be best to write tasting notes from a checklist of qualities. Truffle, black plums, thyme, chocoalte mint and earth in the perfume, check. Rich, fresh, pure and concentrated, check. Silk and cashmere textures in the finish, check. This is probably close to, or at full maturity and it's drinking perfectly. This bottle was popped, poured into a decanter and served. 10-15 minutes all it took to wake up.

      97 points - Tasted
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    3. Still deep in color, the nose explodes with truffles, chocolate, plums, earth, black cherry and licorice aromas. On the palate, this dense, concentrated, cashmere textured elixir grows and expands. Well stored bottles will age for at least another decade and offer decadent tasting experiences for another 2 decades after that! You probably have to go 2005, to find a vintage of Angelus that is at this sublime level of quality!

      98 points - Tasted
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    4. Intense aromatics demanding your attention are filled with truffle, licorice, plums, olives, spice, blackberry, tobacco and hints of espresso. Silk and cashmere textured waves of juicy, fennel coated berries caress your palate. The wine ends with lush, ripe, rich plums and cassis. While probably close to fully mature, if its well stored, the wine should offer pleasure for at least another 15-20 more years.

      97 points - Tasted
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    5. Black and red fruit, olives, chocolate and a 5 spice blend make up the aromatics. Great concentration, with silky tannins, However, this bottle was not quite the show stopper other bottles have been. The finish was a tad shorter and the wine showed a little more bright fruits than usual.

      95 points - Tasted
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    6. Rock star! Spice, smoke, truffles and licorice covered fruit explode all over the place. The palate enjoys sensuous waves of plush, fat, silky very concentrated Bordeaux fruit. The finish endlessly linergs. While mature, owners of well stored bottles have another 15-20 more years of excitement to look forward to.

      98 points - Tasted
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    7. The perfume explodes from the glass like a volcanic eruption, waking you up and demanding your attention! Layers of decadent, jammy black fruit, olives, spices and herbs make you want to know more about this Bordeaux. Very concentrated with a huge, silk drenched, palate presence, the wine ends with soft velvet tannins and ripe black fruit.

      97 points - Tasted
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    8. Herbal notes with cherries, figs, plums, licorice and a smoked quality. Very elegant, polished and balanced.

      95 points - Tasted
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    9. From the moment that glass met my nose, it was love! Coffee, chocolate, wet forest notes, olives, spices, wood and black fruit bathed my senses. Extremely packed and stacked with deep, ripe, black fruit. This rich, sensuous, lush wine coats your mouth with fruit. The finish is over 40 seconds. As good as the 90 Angelus is, it will only get better. This is a winner

      97 points - Tasted
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  22. 1989 Château Angélus

    1. Popped and poured at cellar temperature, I think the wine would have shown better with a bit of air. That being said, there was no way any taster could not be pleased with the silky textures, layers of plush, opulent ripe and over ripe berries, the complex aromatics and the long, expansive, sexy finish. This is probably at full maturity. There is no hurry to drink it. But there is not much reason to hesitate in popping a cork.

      96 points - Tasted
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    2. When you buy a case of wine, one of the joys is tasting the wine over the years and seeing how each bottle develops. This bottle of 1989 Angelus was stunning! That is, if you like truffles, smoke, black cherries, earth and perhaps a hint of tobacco, exotic, sensuous textures, that was only topped the opulent, sexy, fresh, fruit filled, silky finish.

      97 points - Tasted
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    3. Truffle, smoke, minerals, chocolate covered, juicy black plum, earth and dark cherry scents in the aromatics became apparent with little effort. Plush, concentrated and opulent in texture, this rich wine felt great as it fell over your palate on the way to where it was supposed to go. 1989 Angelus is drinking beautifully today.

      96 points - Tasted
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    4. Striking aromas of fresh truffles, chocolate, juicy black and red plums, fresh berries and a melange of wet earth scents with hints of tobacco captured our attention. Silk and velvet textures with layers of supple, opulent, sweet plums, blackberries, dark cherries, licorice and spice lingered for close to 45 seconds! One of the marks of a great bottle is the ability to evolve and improve in the glass. Purchased on release and perfectly stored, the wine developed additional complexities while adding layers of elegant, soft textures to the finish. Perfectly stored bottles have at least 12-20 years of a positive future to look forward to.

      97 points - Tasted
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    5. Spicy blackberry, licorice, cherry blossoms, truffle and forrest floor notes start off the perfume. Full bodied, concentrated and opulent with ripe, round tannins, this long, fleshy, velvety wine ends with a mouthful of beautiful, ripe, silky plums.

      96 points - Tasted
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    6. The bottle tasted the previous week was much more flamboyant, expressive and fresh. This bottle showed tobacco, spice, plums and licorice. The previous bottle exploded from the glass with an array of flashy aromatics. While concentrated, it did not display the opulence or sizzle found in the top bottles of 89 Angelus. The finish was also shorter than usual.

      91 points - Tasted
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    7. Is a sexy, spicy, rich, opulent, and hedonistic wine. Spicy blackberries with hints of coffee please your nose, while your palate fully enjoys being drenched in all that luscious, concentrated fruit. Now is a great time to be popping this wine

      96 points - Tasted
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    8. Sexy, spicy, rich, opulent and hedonistic are good descriptors. Spicy blackberries with hints of coffee, licorice, dark cherry and mocha please your nose while your palate is drenched in a bath of opulent luscious, concentrated fruit. This is a great time to be popping this wine.

      96 points - Tasted
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    9. Angelus produces such a nice style of wine perfectly balancing concentration with elegance. Along with layers of elegant, ripe fruit, you're treated to spicy herbs and silkly tannins. At close to 17 years of age, it still warrants further cellar time.

      94 points - Tasted
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    10. Black fruit, licorice, coffee and herb notes jumped from the glass! This was so thick and concentrated, I didn’t know if I should eat it, or drink it! I chose the latter. Full bodied, dense, rich, ripe, chocolate covered plums and blackberries take over your senses. As good as it is, it’s only beginning to open up as it has some ripe, tannin remaining to resolve.

      97 points - Tasted
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  23. 1988 Château Angélus

    1. This starts with dark berries, earth, minerals, wood and spice aromas. With silky textures, this mature wine shows a minor hint of under ripe flavors in the otherwise, surprisingly good, plum filled finish. I was surprised at the quality of this 88, I was expecting less ripeness and silk. At the price, it's worth taking a look at.

      93 points - Tasted
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  24. 1967 Château Angélus

    1. Odd medicinal, herbal, leafy nose with some light red fruit poking though. The short red, berry finish is tart and dry. This is well past its prime.

      73 points - Tasted
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  25. 1959 Château Angélus

    1. 1959 Angelus offers truffle, tobacco, earth, spice, cherry, smoke and forest floor scents, Medium bodied, with soft textures and fresh kirsch flavors, this delicate wine was an honor to taste, as it came from the de Bouard family cellars and was shared with 4 generations of the family, including the great grandfather that made it.

      91 points - Tasted
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  26. 1955 Château Angélus

    1. On the nose, exotic spices, truffles and earth led the way. The palate enjoyed a steady stream of rich, syrupy, opulently textured red fruits. 55 Angelus was a special wine that did not lose fruit in the glass. Hubert says, unlike the 60's, 70's & early 80's, Angelus produced very fine wines in the 50's. In wine is truth, and this bottle showed how great Angelus can age.

      95 points - Tasted
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  27. 1953 Château Angélus

    1. This wine opens to a complex nose filled with pipe tobacco, spice, dark plums, truffles, earth, smoke, leather and floral aromas. Full bodied, rich and packed with silky, velvet textures, this opulent Bordeaux wine finishes with a myriad of dark berries, black cherry and spice sensations.

      94 points - Tasted
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  28. 1945 Château Angélus

    1. Light ruby with brick and tea colors. In the nose, herbs, truffles, earth, spice, coco, tobacco and forest floor scents were easy to find. There was very little mid palate. This wine was probably fully mature at leastr 20 years earlier. Rustic and lean, the wine finished with strawberry and tart cherry flavors. While not a great wine, it was a thrill tasting a wine made the year WW2 ended.

      84 points - Tasted
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