2015 Château Angélus St. Émilion Grand Cru Wine Tasting Note

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2015 Château Angélus  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 100

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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