Château Angelus is located in the right bank of Bordeaux, also one of the 4 Premier Grand Cru classés A since 2012. This Saint-Émilion classification is reviewed every year to make sure the Château are in the correct ranking. The dominant grape planted in this vineyard is Merlot (51%), 47% of Cabernet Franc, and 2% of Cabernet Sauvignon. Roughly 10,000 cases of wine are produced each year.
Surprisingly good considering the vintage! No more fresh fruits left. Beautifully integrated oak - cloves, vanilla. Some dried herbs also on the nose. Slightly meaty and hints of sun dried tomatoes. Some liquorice, charred wood, flowers. Slight garnet colour. Dry, medium plus tannins, silky smooth medium tannins. Oak on the palate - vanilla, cooked black fruits as well. Medium bodied. Excellent long finish with structure and style. Pronounced. Drink now. Wonderful!
The 2001 Angelus exhibits a deep and rich aroma, brooding and refined. Intriguing sweet oak smoke and plush dark berries and cocoa. 100% plush new oak style, thankfully it has the depth and fruit to balance out the heavy use of oak. Wood chip and chunky berries, not well defined finish. Tasted younger than it’s age, it needs another 5 years. (92+/100)
2003 Angelus is very enjoyable today - Pure silk, cashmere texture filled with incredibly rich fruits and great extraction. Big modern, dense, huge ripe fruits, full, full bodied, sophisticated. Fabulously rich but not forceful or jammy. Multilayered and ample tannins. First growth lushness but not quite as in-depth as their best vintages. Drinking well today, potentially a bit more uphill development with a few more years of cellaring. (94/100)
The 2013 Chateau Angelus has a lovely vibrancy in it. 2013 Angelus is a blend of 62% Merlot and 38% Cabernet Franc. Fresh red and blueberries and plums with some wood tannins. Angelus is known for its full-bodied, modern style, concentrated wine. Fortunately, the 2013 Chateau Angelus is not over-extracted, as it can be dangerous if they try to use too much oak or extraction to cover up the unripe fruit. This is a gentle Angelus with a soft and round edge, nice linearity and finesse in the weak vintage. Drink over the next 20 years. (86/100)