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.
Great wine. Drinking beautifully right now. Decanted and only had about 30 minutes of air before I tried it, but that was enough to see this is a great wine. Excellent nose. Can still age, but not sure it can get better.
Concur with those who mentioned its modern style. That is not necessarily a negative comment. This wine tastes young and vigorous. It should have many years ahead of it. Rich red fruit cab fruit abounds in this bottle along with French subtlety. We loved it at our Christmas dinner.
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(Château Angélus) Dark red violet color; maturing, mushroom, tobacco, tart plum, pencil lead nose, that opens, after 20 minutes in the glass, to ripe plum nose; tasty, tart cassis, mineral, coffee, tart plum palate with sweet, firm tannins; medium-plus finish
(Chateau Angélus St Emilion) 56% CF, 1% CS, 43% M. A Cabernet Franc vintage, so one to which I am bound to be predisposed. Deep, concentrated, rather similar to the 2001. Open, flashy, still the cashew nut of recent oak, rich, with mint, dark chocolate and cherry. Hugely characterful, smoky, has a little confit character that goes with being a 2003 but it is not as overt as it is in many wines. Full, huge, creamy and yet structured, well poised, a ripe core of velvety tannins. A very expressive, grippy style, deep but with good freshness of fruit despite the heatwave vintage. Wonderful potential here, as evinced by a flourish of ripe tannins on the finish. Great length too.
(L'Angelus) 58% Cabernet Franc, had the most regal style, and 2003 produced 'unbelievable Cabernet Franc' according to Hubert. There was that kiss of modern vanilla, yet also an underlying style and the elegance of the earth. Hubert found 'red fruits and raspberries,' and there was also coffee, chocolate and cassis. The L'Angelus was much denser than the Cheval, with an extra touch of dryness to its finish. Big, rich and robust with a long, dry finish, the 2003 had lots of beefy flavors. It was not my style of wine but quite respectable
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