1990 Château Angélus St. Émilion Grand Cru Wine Tasting Note


1990 Château Angélus  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 98

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Herbal notes with cherries, figs, plums, licorice and a smoked quality. Very elegant, polished and balanced.

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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

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Angelus Tower Wine Tasting Notes, Ratings

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.