Maybe the last vintage of Angelus that normal people will afford for quite some time. Since its promotion to the top of the classification, and with the help of hyped vintages like 2009 or 2010, price is now in the 200€ and not in the 60€+VAT that was in this vintage.
Wine is ok, it is well made, has a good quality fruit and is not absent from finesse, but also has a ton of oak (great quality oak) that masks the fruit. Maybe the fruit will outlive the oak, or maybe not. This was my only bottle that was purchased with two friends en primeur to drink after a few years (so, today).
For my palate, this is a good wine that lacks complexity, emotion, or soul. Maybe a buy for 30€-50€, but at current prices, which take the wine into the ultra-luxury segment, I am not a buyer and the wine is way below expectations.
Talk about French New World. Big, intense, dark and ripe, and on a very high level, where merlot is the dominating grape. New world is not my thing, but I can understand if anyone rates this above 94. This is very easy to like and the best Parker/Rolland wine I have tried.
Dark, vibrant and glowing. Impressive nose, ripe red and black fruit, luscious, floral, spices, a touch of oak, big. On the palate really smooth and fresh, velvety, good character of fruit, very well integrated and round tannins, great acidity, spicy, very long. Will obviously improve with more bottle age, but surprisingly approachable at this stage. An impressive wine.
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(Chateau Angélus St Emilion) This is 58% Merlot and 42% Cabernet Franc. Big smoky fruit, intense, aromatic, spicy and complex. Rich, dense, defined but creamy on the palate, although it also has a fine, stylish definition to it. Quite a firm substance, lots of texture, attractive weight in the mouth, very finely balanced, with lots of ripe substance. A very strong wine indeed, which has excellent potential for the future.
(Château Angélus (St Emilion)) Evolving Merlot sweetness on the nose here, with savoury tones to the fruit character too. Clean, still carrying the nutty oakiness from the élevage, deep, lightly grainy, with an elegant rather than powerful depth to the fruit. Very soft character on the palate, seemingly very polished and gentle in terms of its attack, and the midpalate remains quite muted as well. The tannins are here but they remain low key, with very gentle acidity, within the substance of the wine. A very different prospect to the 2009 and 2010 just tasted. Supple, in comparison almost approachable, with a lighter edge to the tannic structure and plenty of freshness to the middle. Good wine, although it doesn't show the stellar conviction I saw when tasted en primeur.
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