2010 Angelus, another great Bordeaux wine from Hubert de Bouard


Chateau Angelus with owner Hubert de Bouard

Chateau Angelus has one of the best track records for consistency in St. Emilion. That track record is not going to broken with the stunning 2010 Angelus either. Since 1989, they have really been on top of their game producing some of the top wines from the appellation. During my April tasting’s, their 2010 Bordeaux was the best wine produced by the de Bouard’s since their potentially perfect 2005. I was happy my first lunch in Bordeaux on this visit was with the family. It gave me a chance to re-taste their wines along with a few older vintages as well.

Chateau Angelus wine tasting

2010 Angelus – 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

2009 Angelus – 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 pts

Chateau Angelus Wine Cellar

2000 Angelus – 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. 97 Pts

1998 Angelus – 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. 95 Pts

Chateau Bellevue St. Emilion

2009 Bellevue  – With jam, coffee, stone and ripe black and blue fruit scents, this soft, round and opulently textured wine shows a touch of heat in the sweet, fruit filled finish. 92 Pts

2010 La Fleur Bouard Le Plus – From 100% old vine Merlot, this Pomerol look alike is deeply colored, offering coffee, licorice, chocolate, plum and fresh blackberries in the perfume. This delicious wine is fat, sexy and full bodied, ending with a long, fresh, pure, black cherry finish. Only 250 cases were produced of this wine which should age well. 92-94 Pts

2010 La Fleur Bouard – Espresso, caramel along with red and black fruit scents pair well with its round textures and cocoa, plum finish. 90-92 Pts

2009 La Fleur de Bouard – Chocolate, licorice, black cherry scents, fleshy, soft, silky textures and a zesty, plum filled finish. A fairly priced wine of pleasure that would do well in a blind tasting in a flight of Pomerol wines. 91 Pts

Angelus, St. Emilion, Bordeaux, de Bouard, the next generation

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