Red

1988 Château Angélus

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Libournais
  • St. Émilion Grand Cru
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Community Tasting Notes 39

  • Triforwine wrote: 91 points

    June 20, 2020 - This is one of two bottles in my cellar that came from my father's cellar. The wine has been stored very well. There are several more in his cellar. Opened for Father's day in his honor but in his absence. Bottle in perfect condition with mid-neck fill. Cork removed with Durand and with about 1/3 of it moist but completely intact. Can still read most of the info on the cork. Quite a lot of sediment in this bottle. Decanted with filter into caraffe and a glass poured immediately. First off, color very nice, surprisingly youthful looking ruby/garnet with a dark cherry core color and just a hint of amber/orange at the rim. Medium bodied appearance and flavor. Initial overpowering nose with must, slightly metallic and funk but clearly not flawed. This blew off over about an hour. The wine was drunk from approximately 2-4 hours after decant with some heavy mix of asian food which included some mushrooms and pasta and some heavier fish elements with which it paired very nicely. Once the funk blew off, this was a lovely old wine, likely drinking at peak considering the vintage. I recall drinking this about 3 years ago (with my dad and others all of whom found it excellent then) and this bottle was quite similar. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and the palate is one of mainly secondary and tertiary flavors with still some mild funkiness but the pleasant kind, then definitely smoke, truffle, mushroom dominate. There is just enough fruit in the background to balance things, mostly dried red fruit profile as opposed to the 1986 which we drank about a year or so ago which seemed more blue fruit laden. Clearly not the stellar wine that the 1990 is (I've never tried the famous 1989) but really a great 32 year old wine with perfect provenance in what i believe the experts call a B+ vintage. The finish is lovely with just enough grip though the tannins seem fully resolved the fruit and the earthier flavors lingering for a good 15-20 seconds so I think this wine will be good for another 5-10 years but there seems to be no reason to wait as this seems fully mature, and likely nearing the end of its drinking window given the relatively small amount of residual fruit. I think it's very important to let this one breath for at least an hour unless you just adore that funk, it's much more fun to drink when that blows off. I'm guessing this wine is relatively low in alcohol percentage at this point which is good because you can enjoy more of it before the senses become dulled. You really have to love subtlety to get this wine but I do.

  • Sean Tay Likes this wine:

    September 6, 2019 - Tasting at Shangri La Origin restaurant pair with steak. It was the wine of the night when putting alongside 1995 Baron and Echezeaux. Smooth, elegant, smoke, toast, truffle, mushroom, earth, pencil, aromatic. Drinking well now. Probably at the end of its peak cycle. Drink up.

  • engelwein Likes this wine: 90 points

    February 27, 2019 - Klares, mittelintensives Zigelrot. Nase verhalten. Im Mund fast keine Tannine, leichte Säure, etwas Frucht. War früher wohl besser. Austrinken!

  • fcxj wrote: 90 points

    December 9, 2018 - Finishes a bit dry and raspy.

  • WineGuyDelMar Likes this wine: 90 points

    November 24, 2018 - My last bottle of Angelus that I had full cases of in 1986, 1988, 1989 & 1990. Dark color still with brown edges which is to be expected in a 30 year old St Emilion. Fully mature now with lots of barnyard and must on the nose. Well past it’s prime. Can go longer but will not get better. Drank this with a 2000 Canon La Gaffeliere which obviously showed much more fruit and structure.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1988
  • Type Red
  • Producer Château Angélus
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • SubRegion Libournais
  • Appellation St. Émilion Grand Cru
  • UPC Code 6717785009992

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  • In Cellars 183 (49%)
  • Consumed 191 (51%)

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