Enjoyed a half-bottle of 2009 Château Angélus with Jean-Bernard Grénie. This is a great vintage of Angélus, but it couldn't be more different than the 2010. While the 2010 is powerful, incredibly concentrated, and with big-time structure, the 2009 (albeit from a more evolved half-bottle) is much more lush and accessible. The fruit is super-ripe, full of plum, blackberry, and blueberry. Lots of minerality, truffle, and espresso. Should be fun to compare the 2009 and 2010 over the upcoming decades
Tasting, brief note. This had been decanted for a couple of hours before tasting. Black cherries and plum with sweet and savory spice. Still showing some protruding new oak, but this is moving towards a wine a incredible depth, balance and complexity. Very tasty now, but with really exciting potential in the 2020-2050 timeframe.
Bordeaux Confidential USA, This was one of my two top wines today, rich anise, black cherry fruit, cigar box, and plum, more of the same on the palate, mouth coating richness, silky and elegant, will peak in four years and last fifteen, big body, long, long, long finish.
Less fine on the nose than the 2010 - very intense and expressive with ripe dark fruit notes, menthol, spices, smoky oak and a nice floral touch. On the palate very powerful and big with lots of ripe, sweet fruit. Slightly syrupy and heavy. Great texture and superb length. 94-95+
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(Château Angélus (St Emilion)) A really open and slightly exotic nose here, the fruit showing plum, damson and black cherry character alongside a sense of warm, open richness in keeping with the vintage. Other aromas are more redolent of spices, but these aspects are more oak-derived. Very evocative and softly defined, aromatically at least. The palate is like cream, soft, enveloping, textured, gentle and it seems restrained. But this is the paradox of 2009, because underneath this soft and velvety texture there is tannin and acidity in appropriate amounts. This is convincing, the structure very well hidden, the dark-skinned fruit very correct, and there is acidity here as well, albeit well hidden at present. The finish is long, tannic and grippy. Really super wine.
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