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The nose is impressively rich with an opulence and sexiness with earth, berry, spice and chocolate character. Black truffles! Full body, with seamless tannins and beautiful richness. It goes on for minutes. The layers of fruit and ripe tannins are phenomenal. This is the greatest Angelus ever for me.
This is another magnificent wine. How much fun will it be to have the 2000, 2005, 2009 and 2010 in future tastings to see which vintage comes out on top? They are all candidates that will flirt with perfection, depending on the state of their evolution. The 2010 has a similar color to the 2009, but is perhaps even more opaque, which seems almost impossible. Subtle barbecue smoke, graphite, blackberry liqueur, licorice and chocolate jump from the glass, and the wine hits the palate with a thunderous cascade of sweet, velvety, full-bodied, concentrated black fruits, nice definition from the tannins and decent acidity. The wine has a majestic, multilayered finish that goes on for a minute. This magnificent wine is still frightfully young and still somewhat unformed, but every bit as prodigious as its older sibling, the 2009. This will probably end up evolving on a slightly slower evolutionary track. However, it has 50 years of longevity in it. Rating: 99+
Truly harmonious wines that are arguably the most highly desired out of St. Emilion. The Chateau Angelus family tree spans eight generations and is the result of the passion and commitment of the Bouard de Laforest family. This Bordelais estate is named after an ancient patch of vines in the center of the vineyard where workers could hear the Angelus (or church bells) ring simultaneously from three different churches in the countryside. The southerly exposed estate vineyards contain Merlot and Cabernet Franc- a considerable addition which adds to the brightness of the wines and makes them stylistically more contemporary. Chateau Angelus was promoted to Premier Grand Cur Classe status in 1996 and produces a second wine called Carillon de l’Angelus, of which only 1000 cases are produced annually. Robert Parker awarded the 2009 Chateau Angelus 99 points, and all of the wines appear frequently in the world’s most prestigious auction houses, including the 2012 Sothebys auction where the wines went for top dollar.
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