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Chateau Angelus History, Overview
Chateau Angelus has one of the longer histories in the St. Emilion appellation. The de Bouard family have an even longer 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. That was the year when Georges de Bouard began purchasing vineyard land in the Saint Emilion area.
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 true birth of what we know of as Chateau Angelus begins in 1909 when Maurice de Bouard de La Forest inherited the vineyard owned by his ancestor. In 1921, Maurice de Bouard de La Forest purchased a 3.5 hectare parcel of vines known as L’Angelus and the estate was born.
The addition of 13 hectares of prime vineyard land acquired by Maurice de Bouard de La Forest from the Gruchy family, that also owned Chateau Laroze, they were becoming a sizable vineyard which they renamed Clos de L’Angelus. They soon added a 3 hectare parcel from what would soon become Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot.
Chateau Angelus takes its name from a common, everyday event. On a daily basis, the people working their vineyards heard sounds of 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 The Modern Age
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. Prior to Hubert de Bouard taking over the estate, 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, as you can see from reading our tasting notes below. But by the 1960’s, the quality of wine being produced at the St. Emilion estate had slipped.
Hubert de Bouard joined the family business at Chateau Angelus after graduating from Bordeaux University, where he studied under the famed Professor Emily Peynaud.
At the time, the vineyard was much smaller than it is today, with only 26 hectares of vines. It took a while before things turned around for Chateau Angelus. In years like 1982 and 1985, when the materials were there to make great wine, Chateau Angelus under-performed.
After taking over from his father, Jacques de Bouard starting with the 1988 vintage, Hubert began rapidly making changes at Angelus starting with a name 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!
More importantly, Hubert de Bouard was one of the first Bordeaux vignerons to embrace fermenting in open top vats and conducting malolactic fermentation in small barrels. He started 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, harvesting and vinifying on a parcel by parcel basis.
To further improve the wines of Chateau Angelus, Hubert de Bouard lowered yields, increased the leaf canopies, began green harvesting, improved the selection and started aging the wines in new, French oak barrels.He changed the rootstocks to lower yielding, increased the density in the vineyard and improved the drainage system. While all of these practices are standard at all well managed vineyards today, at the time, they were almost revolutionary!
The grapes were now harvested later, as they were now seeking to pick phenolically ripe berries. Hubert 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.
Chateau Angelus was one of the first chateau to expand into China and Asia. In part, some of their initial success into China was due to their logo of the golden bell, where the wine is referred to as Kin Chung, The Golden Bell. In fact, Hubert de Bouard has always been a savvy marketer. He was one of the first people to connect with Hollywood when he negotiated the addition of Chateau Angelus into the plot of a James Bond movie!
Chateau Angelus Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 39 hectare vineyard of Chateau Angelus is planted to 50% Merlot, 47% Cabernet Franc and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon. This shows a continuing increase in the amount of Cabernet Franc in the vineyard and of course in the final blend as well.
As you would expect, the Merlot is planted in soils with more clay and limestone, while the Cabernet Franc is planted in the gravel, limestone and sand terroir. Chateau Angelus was one of the earliest proponents of Cabernet Franc in Saint Emilion.
The grape was added to the vineyard not because it was thought that it would increase the quality of the wine. The original French name of Cabernet Franc was Bouchet, the maiden name of Elisabeth Bouchet, the grandmother of Hubert de Bouard. The vines average close to 38 years of age.
The best terror is found at the top of the slopes. The vines that are located next to Beau-Sejour Becot and Beausejour Duffau have more clay and limestone. Nice neighbors indeed! Those vines have a southern exposure.
As you travel further down the slopes, you find more sand. However, it is also important to note the subsoil here, which has seriously, dense clay underneath. That level of clay below the surface is perfect for the Cabernet Franc, and it helps the vines feed the hot, dry vintages.
It is important to note that while their vineyards are 39 hectares, only 27 of those hectares are classified with First Growth status. Only tose 27 hectares produce Chateau Angelus. The remaining 12 hectares of vines used for Le Carillon de l’Angelus and No 3.
In total, the vineyard is divided into 54 separate parcels. The vines are planted on 3 unique types of soil. They have terroir with clay with limestone and clay with sand and limestone soil that is located on the sloping hillsides. At the bottom of the slopes you find sad with clay.
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.
Starting with the 2009 vintage, Hubert de Bouard added a line of 60 people to manually destem berry by berry. Hubert believes manual destemming helps the berries remain intact, while retarding oxygenation and retaining freshness”. de 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!
From that point forward, destemming takes place using the cube. For sorting, they were one of the first St. Emilion estates to embrace optical sorting technology. To ensure only the top grapes are used, an additional hand sorting takes place after the fruit is put through the optical sorter.
In 2018, Chateau Angelus moved to 100% organic farming. They were certified organic in 2021.
To make the wine of Chateau Angelus, the process starts with cold maceration that is seldom more than 5 days. The grapes are whole berry fermented 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. Malolactic fermentation takes place in new, French oak barrels. The wine ages on its lees, without stirring, until about June, when it is racked.
The wine is aged in 100% new, French oak barrels for between 18-24 months. For the first 8 months of the aging process, the wine remains on its lees, giving it more extract, color and richness.
The length of time in barrel 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, which made its debut with the 1987 vintage.
Starting in 2007, Chateau Angelus introduced a third wine, Number 3 d’Angelus. Production 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 Saint Emilion, La Fleur de Bouard in the Lalande de Pomerol appellation and Chateau de Francs in the Cotes de Francs appellation. Today, Hubert de Bouard consults numerous chateaux in the Medoc, Pessac Leognan, Saint Emilion and even in Pomerol. At last count, he was working with more than 60 different estates in Bordeaux.
The best vintages of Chateau Angelus are: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2001, 2000, 1998, 1990, 1989, 1959, 1955, 1953 and 1950. The style of Chateau Angelus is pure silk and velvet. It’s a rich, full bodied and concentrated, Bordeaux wine, offering silky, cashmere textures that’s filled with luscious, opulent, spicy dark fruit, licorice, spice and truffle that ages extremely well.
In June, 2012, Stephanie de Bouard-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 was 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 controversial, 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.
Starting with the 2014 vintage, Chateau Angelus joined the ranks of the top Bordeaux chateaux fighting wine fraud and counterfeiting. All wines produced from 2014 forward will include unique, ID chip.
Consumers are able able to scan the barcoded chip that informs purchasers everything they want to know about the wine from that specific vintage, including harvest details and the specific blend. They will also know instantly if their bottle is genuine. The 2014 Angelus also features an update to the labels design and a special hommage to Hubert de Bouard as this marks his 30th vintage at the chateau.
Preceding and coinciding with the upgrade of the classification for Chateau Angelus, the estate finished a complete renovation of the property.
Designed by the noted architects Jean-Pierre Errath, and Arnaud Boulain, the massive project included the creation of new, completely modernized cellars, a 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 cost more than 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.
When to Drink Chateau Angelus, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau Angelus is much better with at least 12-15 years of aging in good vintages. Young vintages can be decanted for 2-3 hours, or more. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume.
Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Angelus offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 12-35 years of age after the vintage.
Serving Chateau Angelus with Wine and Food Pairings
Chateau Angelus is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.
Chateau Angelus is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Angelus is also good when matched with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.
Speaking of matching Chateau Angelus with food, in late 2013, the de Bouard family expanded their holdings in Saint Emilion when they purchased the well-known restaurant, Logis de la Cadene. They added to their restaurant holdings in 2019 when they purchased the Michelin starred Le Gabriel, located in the famous Place de la Bourse, in the heart of the city center in Bordeaux.
Logis de la Cadene has history in St. Emilion and having dined there, from personal experience, I can honestly say, it’s one of the top restaurants in all of Bordeaux as well. There is also a small, charming hotel, Logis de la Cadene owned by the de Bouard family that’s located in the St. Emilion village.
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.
Château Angélus Wine Tasting Notes
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|2020||Château Angélus (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Dark in color, the wine explodes with blackberry liqueur, plums, smoke, licorice, Asian spice, cherry blossoms, violets and truffles. The wine is full-bodied, rich, dense and intense, with layers of opulent, cashmere textured fruits. As good as that is, it's the mid-palate and finish, with its non-stop waves of silky, sensuous fruits that build, expands and intensifies, leaving you with a beautiful purity of fruit-infused with spicy chocolate. The endnotes linger for close to 60 seconds. Give this a decade or so of age and it should be a mind-blowing tasting experience. The wine blends 60% Merlot with 40% Cabernet Franc,14.5% ABV, 3.65 pH. The wine is aging in 100% new, French oak, however, 40% of the Cabernet Franc is aged in foudres, allowing the oak to almost finish integrating into the wine on release. Harvesting took place, September 12-September 30. 98-100 Pts
1,085 Views Tasted May 20, 2021
|2020||Le Carillon de l'Angélus (St. Émilion)|
The nose, with its smoke, savory herbs, flowers, black plums, licorice and espresso gets you into the mood. But it is the palate, with its rich, pure, ripe fruits, espresso, spice-box and silky, sweet, fresh plums that steal the show. Long, plush and polished, with layers of chocolate-covered cherries that go on and on, clearly, this is a new level of quality for Carillon d' Angélus. Enjoy this while waiting for Chateau Angelus to mature. The wine blends 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. 94-96 Pts
496 Views Tasted May 20, 2021
|2020||No 3 d'Angelus (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Earthy, licorice, forest floor, cherries and leafy nuances work together on the nose and on the medium-bodied, soft, elegant palate. The polished, savory, olive, cherry and plum-filled finish is already perfect to drink today. This is great to order in a bistro or café as it needs no decanting. 90-92 Pts
357 Views Tasted May 20, 2021
|2019||Château Angélus (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Deep, almost opaque ruby in color, the wine loads you up with flowers, licorice, smoke, wet earth, spice, vanilla along with red with black fruits on the nose. Classically styled,( in a good way,) the wine is precise, focused, energetic and pure. Silk with structure are what you notice on the palate along with multiple layers of perfectly ripe, concentrated plums, cherries and blackberries that linger and expand. The wine was made from blending 60% Merlot with 40% Cabernet Franc reaching 14.5 Alcohol with a pH of 3.65. The wine is aging in 100% new, French oak, however, 40% of the Cabernet Franc is aged in foudres, allowing the oak to have almost finished integrating into the wine. The harvest took place September 21-October 9. 97-99 Pts
3,468 Views Tasted Jun 16, 2020
|2019||Le Carillon de l'Angélus (St. Émilion)|
Smoke, licorice, herbs and plums on the nose, medium-bodied, soft, gentle, red fruits on the palate and a fresh, juicy, fruity, licorice, black cherry and herb-filled finish, with a nice amount of lift at the end is what you will find here. The wine was made from blending 90% Merlot with 10% Cabernet Franc. 90-92 Pts
2,330 Views Tasted Jun 16, 2020
|2019||No 3 d'Angelus (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
A light kiss of oak, cherries and earth are the perfect introduction to this elegant, forward, early-drinking charmer, which delivers its medium-bodied, fresh, red-fruited character with ease. This is perfect for ordering in restaurants, as it needs no decanting. And because production has been steadily increasing, it is now easier to find on lists. 87-89 Pts
2,226 Views Tasted Jul 1, 2020
|2018||Château Angélus (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Opaque in color, the perfume, with its wet earth, black cherry, black raspberries, plum liqueur, chocolate, flowers, smoke and licorice is intoxicating. Voluptuous in nature, the cashmere textures that accompany all those unctuous layers of decadently ripe fruit work together in perfect harmony. With time, this could hit triple digits if it continues developing in a positive direction, which I think it will. With the 2018 you have an evolution not a revolution; there is a small shift in style moving to a more refined elegance while retaining all its power. The wine was made from blending 65% Merlot, and 35% Cabernet Franc. With the 2018 only the oldest Cabernet Franc vines were used in the blend. 99 Points.
1,337 Views Tasted Mar 9, 2021
Opaque in color, the nose sense just picked black raspberries, wet earth, smoke, licorice, flowers and liqueur of blackberry. On the palate, the wine balances power, elegance, refinement and depth. Clearly this is concentrated but there is a lightness in the touch with a refined, precise character. The finish keeps on going with groundswells of sensually textured fruits, spice, licorice and earth for over 50 seconds! With the 2018 you have an evolution not a revolution; there is a small shift in style moving to a more refined elegance while retaining all its power. The wine was made from blending 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc, reaching 14.5% alcohol. it is interesting to note that with the 2018, only the oldest Cabernet Franc vines were used in the blend. The harvest took place September 24 to October 11. The yields were low at 30 hectoliters per hectare. This is the first vintage where all the vineyards used to produce Angelus were farmed 100% organically. The aging process has shifted as well, now 10% of the wine is aged in neutral foudres which will also go through malolactic fermentation in vat. 98-100 Pts
8,372 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2018||Le Carillon de l'Angélus (St. Émilion)|
Better in bottle than in barrel, this stellar baby version of Angelus hits all the right marks. Lushly textured, rich, ripe, opulent and forward, all the sweet, ripe, plums, cherries, licorice and cocoa feels like pure silk on the palate. Enjoy this while waiting for Chateau Angelus to mature. The wine was made from 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. 92 Points.
1,341 Views Tasted Mar 9, 2021
No longer a second wine as the parcels once produced, Le Carillon de l'Angélus 2018 is undoubtedly a step up in quality. The floral nose with its licorice, ripe plum and smoke, seeks out your attention. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied and fresh and the finish is all about the elegance and sweetness in the fruit. The wine was made from 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. 91-93 Pts
2,298 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2018||No 3 d'Angelus (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
The notes of cigar box, espresso, spicy plums and licorice are your introduction here. Medium-bodied, and already drinking well, the soft, elegant, fruit and cocoa edged finish is charming. This is perfect for ordering in restaurants, as it is fully ready to go. 88 Points.
1,374 Views Tasted Mar 9, 2021
Easy to like and even easier to drink. the wine is soft, silky, forward and leaves with your sweet, fresh cherries along with hints of smoke, licorice and cocoa. This is a nice wine to order off a restaurant list. 87-89 Pts
4,074 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2017||Château Angélus (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Blushing fruits, forest floor, truffle, mint and smoke fashion a bouquet that is enough to get you hooked on this outstanding creation. However, if you need more, the velvet textures, parfait of sweet red and black fruits, spice box and a sensuous finish seals the deal. The wine was made from blending 70% Merlot with 30% Cabernet Franc. With 13.5% alcohol. The harvest took place September 13-September 29. The Grand Vin was made from 80% of the harvest. Due to the, frost, close to 20% of the vineyard was damaged. 97 Points.
5,374 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2017||Le Carillon de l'Angélus (St. Émilion)|
One of the top second wines, here you find, sweet, juicy, plums, smoke, licorice, floral scents and a touch of minerality. The silky tannins and freshness come though in the finish. The wine was made from 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. 90 Points.
1,585 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2016||Château Angélus (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
With deep color, the wine offers some truffle, earth, florae and dark, red pit fruits in the incense. On the palate, the wine has the feel of well-worn, fine hotel linen with refined, sexy fruits and concentration. There is vibrancy to the fruits and velvetiness to the texture, coupled with depth, complexity and length. The wine was made from a blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc. The Grand Vin represents 67% of the harvest. 99 Points.
9,759 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2016||Le Carillon de l'Angélus (St. Émilion)|
This is drinking just great today, promptly offering up its supple, plushly textured dark red fruits, earth and cocoa and silky finish. Popped and poured, this hit all the right notes from the moment it hit your glass. 91 Points.
1,623 Views Tasted Feb 2, 2021
While If you’re waiting for Angelus to develop, here’s an early-drinking wine to bide your time. There is character here. The wine offers juicy, ripe plums, mineral, smoke and licorice with a medium bodied, soft, smooth textured personality. 91 Points.
2,149 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2015||Château Angélus (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Everything is coming up roses here, in the nose. That is before finding all the truffle, espresso, dark chocolate, black cherry, smoke, spice and plums on the nose. Rich, dense and concentrated, the wine is voluptuous, ostentations and sexy. The velvet tannins feel just great as the wine flows over your palate. The finish just keeps on going. Opened in the name of science, this will start really rocking in about 2027. 99 Points.
5,718 Views Tasted Jul 23, 2020
Still inky in color as you might expect, the wine pops with its smoky, floral, licorice, truffle and chocolate covered boysenberry, or is that cherry, or is that plum? There are so many different fruits on display here, it's like being in a farmers market. On the palate, the wine is drenched in velvet. This is sensuality at its best. Full bodied and concentrated, the fruit builds as the finish lingers. The wine should age for 3 decades or longer with ease. 99 Points.
4,443 Views Tasted May 21, 2018
Dark and inky colored, the hue is laced with purple accents. On perfume smells like you walked into a flower garden overgrown with wild anise and boysenberry brambles. Dense, rich, opulent and incredibly sensuous, this wine caresses your palate and gums with fresh, ripe, fruits and sexy textures. The finish sticks with you for all the right reasons. This is in the same league as the sublime 2005, 2009 and 2010 vintages. Made from a blend of 62% Merlot and 38% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 14.2% alcohol with a pH of 3.75. The harvest took place from September 20 to October 17. The Grand Vin was produced from 62% of the harvest. 99 Points.
8,055 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2016
|2015||Le Carillon de l'Angélus (St. Émilion)|
Medium-bodied, finesse styled, dark black cherry, smoke, licorice and chocolate-filled wine that is ready for currently, soft, lush drinking today. 89 Points.
1,945 Views Tasted Jul 23, 2020
Soft textured, forward, smooth textured, fresh, ripe, sweet, fruity wine with loads of ripe, black cherries, licorice and black raspberries in the finish. The wine was made from a blend of 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. 88-90 Pts
2,781 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2016
|2014||Château Angélus (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Everything here is all about the future and it's easy to see why, with all the wet earth, smoke, tobacco, licorice, truffle and juicy plums going on here. On the palate, the wine is soft, silky, fresh and long. However, it's starting to close up and go to sleep. So, if you want to try a bottle young, pop a cork. Else, wait 10-12 years. 95 Points.
3,852 Views Tasted May 17, 2017
With hints of oak, mint, truffle and red pit fruit, the wine is silky, polished and feminine. The sweet, dried red fruits and spice are front and center, leaving you with dark chocolate covered plums. One of the best wines of the vintage, a few years in the cellar will add more depth and richness to the wine. 95 Points.
2,936 Views Tasted Mar 17, 2017
From a blend of 50% Merlot and 50% Cabernet Franc, this wine is deep ruby in color. Rich, sensuous and polished, the fruit is ripe and fresh, leaving you with silky tannins and a long sensation of sweet, sexy, dark chocolate covered blackberries and plums. 94-95 Pts
6,510 Views Tasted Apr 27, 2015
|2014||Le Carillon de l'Angélus (St. Émilion)|
Much better in bottle than in barrel, this is ready to go. The wine offers dark cocoa, licorice, wet earth, plums and ripe, juicy black cherries on the nose and palate. Medium-bodied, elegant, soft and inviting, this should be a lot of fun to drink over the next decade or so. 91 Points.
1,839 Views Tasted Nov 16, 2020
|2013||Château Angélus (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Medium bodied, forward wine with a focus on its fresh, sweet, red berry core, with caramel, smoke, thyme, fresh herbs, flowers and cherries in the mix. If Burgundy made Bordeaux, it would probably taste like this.. 92 Points.
3,364 Views Tasted May 25, 2016
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
5,032 Views Tasted Apr 28, 2014
|2012||Château Angélus (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Just a beauty, this continues to improve in bottle. Deeply colored, and already showing secondary notes of smoke, truffle, plums, cherries and flowers, the wine is full bodied, deep, silky, long and fresh. The endnote is completed by the dusty tannins and hit of dark chocolate. This is good now, and it's only going to get better from here! Give it another 7-8 years and this will just start singing... 94 Points.
4,435 Views Tasted May 17, 2017
Deep in color, the wine is pure, silky pleasure, with lush, ripe, dark fruits, perfectly ripe plums, silky tannins and a lingering finish. This is even better in the bottle than it was from the barrel. With aging, it could get better still. 94 Points.
4,709 Views Tasted May 15, 2015
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
7,852 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2013
|2012||Le Carillon de l'Angélus (St. Émilion)|
Medium bodied, easy drinking, already approachable, soft textured little sister of Chateau Angelus. 87 Points.
2,132 Views Tasted May 15, 2015
Medium-bodied, soft and already approachable, the wine delivers juicy plums and an easy-to-like personality. 86-88 Pts
2,138 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2013
|2011||Château Angélus (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
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. 93 Points.
3,119 Views Tasted May 20, 2014
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
3,587 Views Tasted Apr 24, 2012
|2010||Château Angélus (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
This just keeps on getting better and better. Over the years my score has been rising and it's easy to see why. Combining power, elegance, sensuous textures, mouth filling depth and cashmere tannins, this hits all the right pleasure buttons. The texture is surreal. It's interesting to note that while the wine reached 15.6% ABV, there is no touch of heat. When this wine hits its stride, I expect the wine could receive 100 Pts! 97 Points.
6,344 Views Tasted May 17, 2017
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. 97 Points.
7,747 Views Tasted Oct 10, 2014
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. 97 Points.
6,923 Views Tasted May 7, 2013
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. 97 Points.
6,466 Views Tasted Jul 10, 2012
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
4,804 Views Tasted Apr 22, 2011
|2010||Le Carillon de l'Angélus (St. Émilion)|
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.
2,473 Views Tasted May 7, 2013
|2009||Château Angélus (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
The perfume delivers with ease its complex array of coffee bean, licorice, dark cocoa, plums, cherry and truffle. On the palate, the wine is full, rich, dense and intense, with a silky, cashmere texture and layers of fruit. This is developing quite well and it could pop another point if it continues on its upward trajectory. 96 Points.
3,092 Views Tasted Sep 20, 2019
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! 96 Points.
5,523 Views Tasted May 1, 2012
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.
6,392 Views Tasted Jul 10, 2011
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
7,047 Views Tasted Jun 28, 2010
|2008||Château Angélus (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Showing some change in the color as it ages, the wine has started offering secondary notes of truffle, smoke, licorice, hot bricks, herbs and salty, red berries. Full bodied, concentrated and with just a bit of tannins to shed, the finish offers a melange of dried, pit fruits and cocoa. You can start drinking this now, but 3-5 more years will yield a better tasting experience. 93 Points.
4,624 Views Tasted Sep 17, 2018
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.
6,564 Views Tasted Jan 25, 2011
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
6,651 Views Tasted Aug 1, 2009
|2007||Château Angélus (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Medium bodied, and fully mature, this represents the blend of Burgundy and Bordeaux, with a bit more Bordeaux than Burgundy, if such a thing were possible. More a wine of finesse, soft tannins, medium body and a complex blend of truffle, spice box plum and assorted red fruits. This is really drinking nicely today, and does not need further cellaring. 90 Points.
9,573 Views Tasted Jun 17, 2017
Close to, if not fully mature, this medium bodied, lighter style of Angelus has more red fruit than black. The nose, with its truffle essence, and herbed, cherry finish are still fun to taste, even though this is not at the pinnacle of what the estate can produce. 90 Points.
4,110 Views Tasted Apr 17, 2017
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. 90 Points.
3,645 Views Tasted May 1, 2012
|2006||Château Angélus (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Firm, structured, classic style of Angelus. Not exactly austere, but the tannins are strict here. Full bodied and concentrated, with ripe fruits and freshness, this needs at least a decade, but it will probably be on the classic side of the style range. 93 Points.
5,506 Views Tasted May 17, 2017
Still young, with only a hint of development in color, the wine offers flowers, dark plums, spice box, tobacco and earthy scents. On the firm side of the style range, the wine still needs another 5 years to soften, come together and allow the sweet, ripe fruits and tannins to show their potential.. 93 Points.
3,925 Views Tasted May 25, 2016
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. 93 Points.
7,190 Views Tasted Aug 31, 2011
|2005||Château Angélus (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Sexy, sensuous, refined and with textures that are best described as cashmere, the aromatically intense experience provides espresso, licorice, smoke, exotic spices, plums and black cherry. Powerful, yet silky, with a polished velvet finish, another 5-8 years will allow this stunner to really strut its stuff. 98 Points.
7,036 Views Tasted Feb 5, 2017
Certainly a contender for the best wine ever produced here, and that's saying a lot when you consider how many great wines have been released since 1989. But this wine has it all. Still inky, dark in color, this pure sex in a bottle, with its cashmere, silk and velvet tannins. There is so much fruit, you can decide if you want to eat it, or drink it. The finish sticks with you for at least 60 seconds! And the amazing thing is, the wine is only 11 years old. That means it's still going to get better from here! 98 Points.
8,387 Views Tasted May 18, 2016
If it’s true, that you taste with your eyes first, the deep color and glycerin tears dripping down the side of the glass lets you know this is going to be a stunner. Licorice, truffles and plum liqueur entice you to know more. On the palate, the wine is rich, concentrated and the texture of velvet. With layers of perfectly ripe, sweet, black fruits that remain on your palate for close to 60 seconds, this is a treat! Still young, another 5 – 10 more years in the bottle will add even more complexity and silk to this stunner. 98 Points.
7,458 Views Tasted Jun 27, 2015
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. 98 Points.
11,956 Views Tasted Dec 16, 2012
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! 98 Points.
14,291 Views Tasted Jun 26, 2010
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. 98 Points.
13,113 Views Tasted Jul 21, 2009
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. 98 Points.
9,457 Views Tasted Jan 20, 2008
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. 98 Points.
6,154 Views Tasted Nov 9, 2007
|2004||Château Angélus (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Perhaps the best deal for Chateau Angelus in the marketplace today. Plush, polished, sensuous and richly textured, the fruit is ripe, sweet and shows both its black and red sides. Full bodied, with depth and concentration, this is already showing well, and is only going to get better from here. 94 Points.
4,388 Views Tasted May 17, 2017
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. 94 Points.
5,151 Views Tasted Nov 30, 2014
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.
8,561 Views Tasted Aug 15, 2008
|2003||Château Angélus (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
What a sexy beast! Supple, sensuous, lush, opulent and expressive, the wine offers intensity, concentration, vibrancy, purity and velvet laced tannins. This is beautiful today and should improve from here. But I am digging how this shows today. 92 Points.
4,236 Views Tasted Mar 10, 2020
A bit oakier than the bottle tasted earlier this year, time in the decanter helped to blunt much of that. The ripe, dense, sweet, black plums and cherries are accompanied by smoke, licorice, tobacco, espresso and wet earth. Lush, concentrated and with good density, this still has room for improvements. 92 Points.
5,239 Views Tasted Aug 14, 2018
This sexy beast is drinking great today. Pure silk on the palate, with loads or richly textured, ripe, sweet, black cherry, plum, truffle, smoke, licorice and tobacco. No touch of heat, but the wine is maturing at a slightly more rapid pace than other, recent vintages. 92 Points.
5,469 Views Tasted Jan 20, 2018
One of the better wines from this scorching hot, vintage. The wine offers a blend of sweet, dark cherries, boysenberry, dark chocolate, licorice, smoke and truffle essences in the nose. Concentrated and refined, there is a beautiful softness in the texture, that allows you to enjoy all the ripe, sweet, fruit. There is sensation of jam, or heat, instead, you find a sultry, sexy, sensuously, textured finish. The can age further, but it is so good right now, if you have a few bottles, you should pop a cork. 92 Points.
4,619 Views Tasted Oct 15, 2017
The truffle covered cherry nose draws you in and the soft, silky, smooth textures keep you there. Lacking the power and depth found in the top vintages, the wine is quite nice and can be enjoyed now, or aged for more complexities. 92 Points.
5,068 Views Tasted Apr 25, 2015
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.
4,664 Views Tasted Dec 18, 2013
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. 92 Points.
8,477 Views Tasted Aug 15, 2008
|2002||Château Angélus (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
More interesting on the nose, with its earth, tobacco, cherry and thyme personality, than on the medium bodied palate, with its sightly rustic tannins and dark, red plum character. 90 Points.
2,565 Views Tasted Mar 2, 2015
|2001||Château Angélus (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Pure silky, sexy, lushness, with a complex nose and a voluptuous mouthfeel that leads to a rich, concentrated finish filled with fresh, ripe fruits, florals and elegant tannins. Young, but worth popping a cork if you have at least a few bottles in your cellar. 92 Points.
4,182 Views Tasted Feb 3, 2016
Finesse style of Angelus, with a lot freshness, soft, silky tannins and sweet, pure, ripe, red and black fruits. This is starting to open, but another few years will add a lot more aromatic complexity and softness to the wine. 92 Points.
4,650 Views Tasted Sep 3, 2015
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. 92 Points.
4,678 Views Tasted Nov 30, 2013
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.
6,270 Views Tasted May 1, 2012
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
5,992 Views Tasted Oct 7, 2011
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. 92 Points.
6,361 Views Tasted Mar 19, 2011
|2000||Château Angélus (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
With a good depth of color, the showy aromatic profile delivers its smoke, licorice, dark cherry, truffle, plum and herbal essence with little effort. Rich, full-bodied, opulent and showy, the velvety, ripe, sweet fruit comes along with licorice and smoky chocolate overtones in the finish. Drink this stellar wine now and over the next 2 decades. 96 Points.
4,426 Views Tasted Nov 28, 2020
Deep ruby in color, looking perhaps a decade younger than its true age, the wine pops with truffle, smoke, licorice, a sprig of mint, dark chocolate and ripe plums. Silky, soft and fresh on the palate, in the finish, the wine feels like velvet, tastes like juicy dark, red fruits and bitter chocolate. 96 Points.
5,402 Views Tasted Feb 21, 2019
It is hard to believe it's already been a few years since I last tasted the 2000 Angelus. Time has been good to this wine. Already stunning, almost 18 years of age has placed this wine into the next league. Cashmere tannins and an ocean of perfectly ripe, dark red fruits, licorice, truffle, flowers, smoke and toast lead the band. But on the palate is where the real deal lives. Luxurious, velvet textured fruit that lives with you for close to 60 seconds! This is pure, hedonistic pleasure in all the right places. I'm getting thirsty, just writing this note. 96 Points.
5,099 Views Tasted Sep 7, 2017
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. 96 Points.
8,460 Views Tasted Jul 10, 2013
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. 96 Points.
8,494 Views Tasted May 16, 2012
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. 96 Points.
9,150 Views Tasted Jan 2, 2011
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. 96 Points.
10,066 Views Tasted Mar 5, 2010
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.
9,276 Views Tasted Sep 20, 2009
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 96 Points.
6,673 Views Tasted Aug 15, 2008
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.
6,265 Views Tasted Jun 24, 2007
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. 96 Points.
5,894 Views Tasted Feb 23, 2007
|1999||Château Angélus (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
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.
4,535 Views Tasted Dec 16, 2012
|1998||Château Angélus (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Just a super wine that keeps getting better! With its silky tannins, sensuous textures, purity of fruit and floral, truffle, plum, dark cocoa and wet earth nose, the wine is exciting right off the bat. Rich, full bodied, long and youthful, this is so good now. But well stored bottles will be even better in 5 years. That being said, it is just great today! 95 Points.
4,964 Views Tasted Sep 8, 2018
Really coming into its own as it approaches 20 years of age, the wine has focus, concentration, lush textures, loads of sweet, ripe, juicy, plums, dark cherries, truffle, licorice and just a hint of dark chocolate. The tannins are soft and refined and there is freshness to the finish. Drink now, or wait 5-10 years, either way, this is a treat! 95 Points.
4,400 Views Tasted Mar 17, 2017
With 90 minutes of air, the truffle dark cocoa, plum, smoke and licorice nose was in full bloom. Concentrated, plush and silky, the wine offered freshness and opulent textures along with sweet, earthy, plums in the finish. This is really in a good place as it approaches 20 years of age. If your bottles are well stored, it can still improve from here. 95 Points.
5,376 Views Tasted Feb 8, 2016
In the background, Paul McCartney was belting out "She was just 17, and you know what I mean,,," I could not believe how young and fresh this wine still is. But do not that stop you from popping a cork, there are secondary notes galore, flowers, boysenberries, chocolate and truffle notes screaming just as loud as McCartney! The wine seems to have added additional levels of concentration since it was last tasted. The wine feels longer, taking up more room in your mouth. Splash decanted, the wine developed its trademark silky character within an hour and continued softening during the night. You can drink this bottle of pleasure now, or wait another 5-10 years, if the wine is well stored. 95 Points.
6,216 Views Tasted Dec 15, 2015
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. 95 Points.
5,503 Views Tasted Dec 13, 2012
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 Points.
6,893 Views Tasted Jul 10, 2011
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. 95 Points.
5,292 Views Tasted Aug 15, 2010
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.
5,395 Views Tasted Oct 14, 2008
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. 95 Points.
4,671 Views Tasted Jul 12, 2007
|1996||Château Angélus (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
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.
6,906 Views Tasted Oct 4, 2010
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. 88 Points.
6,117 Views Tasted Jun 22, 2007
|1995||Château Angélus (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Structured, masculine, tannic, firm style of this normally, velvety textured wine is going to appeal to lovers of old school, traditional styled Bordeaux more than it did for me. This will be very long lived, but it's not going to have the sexy personality I love and associate with Angelus. 91 Points.
4,758 Views Tasted Dec 3, 2015
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.
4,364 Views Tasted Aug 15, 2008
|1994||Château Angélus (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
The last bottle from my original case. You were fun while you lasted. The nose, with its floral, cherry pipe tobacco, earth and hint of truffle was quite nice. The wine has good concentration of flavor. On the palate, there is sweet fruit, soft textures, but the finish is a little dry and there is a distinctive green, olive note that takes away from the overall experience. Splash decanted, I am sure the wine will last another decade, but it is not going to improve. 90 Points.
2,962 Views Tasted Nov 23, 2016
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. 90 Points.
4,895 Views Tasted Jun 26, 2012
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. 90 Points.
5,269 Views Tasted Oct 2, 2011
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
6,363 Views Tasted Oct 17, 2010
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.
2,505 Views Tasted Oct 1, 2008
|1990||Château Angélus (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Fully-developed, this is clearly close to being off the charts. The wine is rich, concentrated, opulent and silky. The lush, ripe, sweet, dark red fruits, truffle and chocolate are accompanied by velvety, cashmere textured tannins. The finish is all about those endless waves of perfectly ripe, pure, fresh, earthy fruits that feel as good as they taste. 95 Points.
2,644 Views Tasted Oct 23, 2020
If you own this stunner, it is time to pop that cork and dig into all that truffle, cocoa, wet forest and plum liqueur on the nose. As good as that is, the silky elegant, sensuously textured palate presence, with its layers of chocolate-covered plums and dark cherries will seal the deal. This is fully mature. There is no reason to hold-off for further development. 95 Points.
3,798 Views Tasted Dec 6, 2019
The truffle, floral, wet earth, cherry, licorice and plummy aromatics are off the hook. But it is the concentration, silky textures, length and complexity that stop the show. This is fully mature. There is no real hurry to open a bottle, but there is not much to be gained from holding on to this beauty either. 95 Points.
3,859 Views Tasted Apr 1, 2018
If you have a bottle of this elixir, pop a cork. It is showing great today. The nose, with its complex aromatics, the palate and all its ripe, silky fruits and the finish which keeps on going makes for a fabulous, hedonistic drinking experience. 95 Points.
5,118 Views Tasted Apr 16, 2016
This is pure sexy, hedonism at its best. The truffle, black cherry, earth, tobacco, flora, dark chocolate and licorice nose is killer. But that is nothing compared to the silky, opulent textures on the palate. This is a beauty that is really drinking great today. 95 Points.
4,891 Views Tasted Nov 9, 2015
Pure silk, velvety and sensuality. The truffle, black cherry, tobacco and earthy aromas are in full force. But it's the sweetness and purity of fruit, coupled with the sexy textures that seal the deal. At 25 years of age, this is the perfect time to be opening your bottles. 95 Points.
4,570 Views Tasted Sep 3, 2015
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. The wine was produced from a blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc. 95 Points.
5,282 Views Tasted Aug 10, 2014
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. 95 Points.
5,789 Views Tasted Mar 15, 2014
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! 95 Points.
6,131 Views Tasted Dec 28, 2012
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. 95 Points.
8,710 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2011
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.
4,668 Views Tasted Feb 11, 2009
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. 95 Points.
4,660 Views Tasted Aug 15, 2008
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. 95 Points.
3,632 Views Tasted Feb 5, 2007
Herbal notes with cherries, figs, plums, licorice and a smoked quality. Very elegant, polished and balanced. 95 Points.
3,329 Views Tasted Jun 15, 2005
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 95 Points.
3,523 Views Tasted Apr 25, 2004
|1989||Château Angélus (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
I really like how this is showing today. Opulently textured, with layers of ripe, very ripe and a hint of overripe red fruits, the lush, velvet drenched finish seals the deal. Fully mature, there is no need, or reason to age this further. 91 Points.
4,316 Views Tasted Dec 1, 2018
Fully mature, this sultry, supple, plush, polished, charmer has all the sweet, ripe, fleshy pure fruits, truffle, earth, licorice, spice and smoke you can ask for. Full bodied, concentrated and with length, depth and complexity, this is the first great Angelus of the modern era. 91 Points.
3,421 Views Tasted Mar 17, 2017
30-45 minutes of air added softness to the wine, coupled with ripe, sweet, fruits, licorice and wet earth. Fully mature, there is no reason to hold this for further evolution as it is at peak here. 91 Points.
3,596 Views Tasted Jan 9, 2017
The chocolate mint, truffle, black cherry, licorice, floral and earthy aromatics were more than enough to keep me busy. But the silky, velvet tannins, fresh, sweet, ripe, berries and length made it a complete experience. Decanted about 20 minutes, there is no reason to hold this beauty any longer. 91 Points.
4,369 Views Tasted Jun 15, 2016
Fully mature, this sexy, silky, velvet textured, concentrated, rich wine serves up a sublime glass of ripe, plums, truffle, black cherry, smoke and licorice that keeps on from start to finish. Opulent in every sense of the word, this is pure, bottled pleasure! The wine was made from a blend of 50% Cabernet Franc and 50% Merlot. 91 Points.
4,215 Views Tasted Aug 16, 2015
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. 91 Points.
5,156 Views Tasted Jan 30, 2014
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. 91 Points.
6,684 Views Tasted Mar 15, 2013
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. 91 Points.
7,379 Views Tasted Mar 19, 2012
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. 91 Points.
8,978 Views Tasted Mar 27, 2011
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. 91 Points.
9,559 Views Tasted May 22, 2010
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.
8,022 Views Tasted Nov 15, 2009
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 91 Points.
6,741 Views Tasted Jun 15, 2009
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. 91 Points.
4,360 Views Tasted Aug 15, 2008
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. 91 Points.
4,232 Views Tasted Dec 20, 2005
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. 91 Points.
4,409 Views Tasted Oct 5, 2004
|1988||Château Angélus (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
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.
3,791 Views Tasted Jun 26, 2010
|1982||Château Angélus (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Old, tired and well past its prime, with much more earth, mushroom, tobacco, forest floor and herbal notes than fruit, this should have been drunk up years ago. Light and generally acidic, it's instructive to taste as it really shows you how far the wines of Angelus have come over the years. 82 Points.
5,001 Views Tasted Nov 12, 2016
|1978||Château Angélus (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Rustic, earthy, medium bodied and short, the wine lacks complexity and depth. Although there is a charm in the earthy red fruits, herbs, leaf and tobacco personality. This is not a wine for further aging. If you are sitting on any drink up. 85 Points.
3,421 Views Tasted Jun 4, 2018
|1967||Château Angélus (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
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.
4,581 Views Tasted Dec 16, 2012
|1959||Château Angélus (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
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.
5,283 Views Tasted May 16, 2011
|1955||Château Angélus (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
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.
4,035 Views Tasted Jun 29, 2007
|1953||Château Angélus (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
That old saying is proved to be true once again, there are only great bottles, not great wines after 20 years of age, let only 60 years of age. I have had better tastings of this treasure and worse. The nose won the show here, with its ripe fruits, flowers, truffle, dark cocoa, tobacco and smoke. On the palate, things fell short, as the fruit faded far too quickly. What little there was offered that beautiful, graceful patina of age, spice, erthand herb profile. 90 Points.
2,045 Views Tasted Oct 22, 2018
Not as sweet, concentrated or focused as pervious bottles, with wines close to 60 years of age, anything can and will happen. The tobacco, cedar, red plum, spice and truffle nose was a treat. Soft, with the patina of age, there is a rusticity in the finish. If you're lucky enough to own this treat, there is no reason to hold it any longer. 90 Points.
2,115 Views Tasted Mar 17, 2017
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. 90 Points.
4,801 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2010
|1945||Château Angélus (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
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.
3,075 Views Tasted Nov 5, 2007