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Château Angélus

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2018 Château Angélus  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 99

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% (oops forgot the grape) 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

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2017 Château Angélus  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 97

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.

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2016 Château Angélus  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 99

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.

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2015 Château Angélus  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 100

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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2014 Château Angélus  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 95

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.

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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.

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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

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2013 Château Angélus  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 93

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..

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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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2012 Château Angélus  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 96

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...

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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.

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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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2011 Château Angélus  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 93

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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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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2010 Château Angélus  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 99

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!

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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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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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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.

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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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2009 Château Angélus  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 98

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.

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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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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.

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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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2008 Château Angélus  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 95

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.

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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.

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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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2007 Château Angélus  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 93

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.

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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.

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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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2006 Château Angélus  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 93

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.

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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..

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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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2005 Château Angélus  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 99

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.

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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!

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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.

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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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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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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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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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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.

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2004 Château Angélus  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 95

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.

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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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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.

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2003 Château Angélus  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 95

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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2002 Château Angélus  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

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.

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2001 Château Angélus  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 95

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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2000 Château Angélus  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 98

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.

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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.

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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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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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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!

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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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1999 Château Angélus  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

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.

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1998 Château Angélus  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 97

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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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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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.

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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.

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1996 Château Angélus  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 88

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.

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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.

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1995 Château Angélus  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 92

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.

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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.

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1994 Château Angélus  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 92

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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1990 Château Angélus  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 97

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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1989 Château Angélus  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 96

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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1988 Château Angélus  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 93

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.

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1982 Château Angélus  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 82

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.

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1978 Château Angélus  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 85

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.

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1967 Château Angélus  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 73

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.

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1959 Château Angélus  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 91

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.

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1955 Château Angélus  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 95

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.

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1953 Château Angélus  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

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.

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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.

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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.

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1945 Château Angélus  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 84

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.

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