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2005 Château Angélus

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Libournais
  • St. Émilion Grand Cru
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Community Tasting Notes 96

  • Clube Likes this wine: 100 points

    March 14, 2022 - Decanted 6 hours. Incredible layers, density and bouquet. One of the best wines I ever tasted !

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • Cailles wrote: 95 points

    November 28, 2021 - 20 Vintages of Angelus (1988-2015): All wines tasted single blind. A few observations and conclusions: It seems that until more recently, Angelus focused on late picking, big wines with too much extraction. Most pre 2004 wines we tasted did not show well and are drying out or already have. The younger vintages showed better but only time will tell if the 2004 to 2015 vintages will age more gracefully. An experienced Angelus collector mentioned a style shift towards more finesse right after the promotion to Premier Grand Cru Classe A with the 2012 vintage. It would have been great to include more of the recent vintages (we had only 09/10/14/15) to better understand when and to what extent that shift happened. Still, there are some very good wines with the 2010 being the WOTN (rated 96+ pts, the structuredness, freshness and purity of the vintage shines through), narrowly ahead of the 2008 (96pts, these 2008 right banks are singing these days and are incredibly fresh) as well as two wines with 95 pts, the 2005 (slightly closed but lots of complexity and no structural deficits) and the 2015 (showcasing the stylistic shift: there aren’t many 2015s out there that share the light- and airiness and perfect ripeness level and purity with their respective 2010 counterparts).

    TN: Rather backward nose. Is not much there or is it hidden? On the palate this shows beautiful fresh and pure red and blue fruit, fresh forrest berries, some coffee notes. Quite fresh and luxurious. The freshness and lightness are highlights. Additional layers of herbs and minerality but dominated by the fresh fruit. Good structural frame without fault. Medium plus length. Not yet fully open for business, this got better by the minute and a second glass at the end of the tasting confirmed that. If the structure holds, this can become a 97+ pts wine. Today this is drinking on a 95 pts level.

    4 people found this helpful Comment
  • sirpat00 wrote: 94 points

    November 22, 2021 - Angélus vertical (Fribourg): Angélus vertical of 20 vintages. Main observations were : 1/ Older vintages before the mid-2000s often suffered from drying tannin and showed a lot of extraction, 2/ Younger vintages quickly benefited from aeration hence decanting advised, 3/ the fruit profile became darker over time 4/ best vintage to drink today: 2004. All wines were directly poured with no prior decant and served in flights of 4.

    Tasting note:
    Quite ripe and extracted and on balance a rather dark fruit profile. Quite densely built, creamily textured palate. Intensity even if not overly complex. Revisiting showed more fruit and freshness.

  • Vinum Deorum wrote: 99 points

    November 4, 2021 - Bottle was opened 12 hours before being decanted for 3 hours in a wide base decanter.

    A kaleidoscopic wine, which possesses everything one can expect: Energy and balance, tension and sharpness, complexity and harmony, length and length. The sort of wine that leaves you speechless when drunk in good company with the proper food pairing (here with a perfect truffle risotto). Aromas of violet, pencil shavings, cigar box, blueberries, with hints of mocha and black truffle.

    The missing point will for sure come with a further aging, as it is still in an early part of its long life. Flawless and glorious wine.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • Mark1npt Likes this wine: 95 points

    October 2, 2021 - 5 hour decant with an additional 2 splashes before putting back into the bottle to take to the restaurant for a great meal with Joel and Diane. Food and company were exceptional, however this bottle not as great as previous. 93 pts initially even with all the decant, still a bit tight and astringent yet soft in the mouth at the same time. Red/dark red fruited. Some good layers to the fruit but no 'wow' there. Still some under cork in the bottle in the cellar to try tonight to see if there's any further improvement. Addendum to follow.

    Addendum next night.....a little darker fruit, nose more classic, weight in the mouth a little heavier. Better by 2 points the first hour so now a 95. 2nd hour much more astringency shows up so going to hold the rest of these for many years.

    3 people found this helpful Comments (8)
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Decanter

  • By Charles Curtis MW
    Bordeaux 2005 retrospective, 6/26/2021 (link)

    (Château Angélus, St-Émilion, Bordeaux, France, Red) Subscribe to see review text.

Vinous

  • By Antonio Galloni
    2005 Bordeaux: Here and Now (Apr 2021), 4/1/2021 (link)

    (Angélus Angélus Red) Subscribe to see review text.

JancisRobinson.com

  • By Richard Hemming, MW
    11/27/2020 (link)

    (Ch Angélus St-Émilion Red) Subscribe to see review text.

Decanter

  • By Jane Anson
    Château Angélus vertical: 2000 - 2019, 9/28/2020 (link)

    (Château Angélus, St-Émilion, Bordeaux, France, Red) Subscribe to see review text.

JebDunnuck.com

  • By Jeb Dunnuck
    Up From the Cellar and Misc. New Releases, 12/12/2017 (link)

    (Angelus) Subscribe to see review text.

The WINEFRONT

  • By Gary Walsh
    5/16/2017 (link)

    (Chateau Angélus Saint-Émilion Grand Cru) Subscribe to see review text.

JancisRobinson.com

  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    2/23/2017 (link)

    (Ch Angélus St-Émilion Red) Subscribe to see review text.

Vinous

  • By Antonio Galloni
    2005 Bordeaux with Tanzer & Galloni (Nov 2015), 11/1/2015 (link)

    (Angélus Angélus) Subscribe to see review text.

JancisRobinson.com

  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    1/29/2015 (link)

    (Ch Angélus St-Émilion Red) Subscribe to see review text.

Winedoctor

  • By Chris Kissack
    January 2015, 1/1/2015 (link)

    (Château Angélus St Emilion Red) Subscribe to see review text.

JancisRobinson.com

  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    12/10/2012 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    10/25/2011 (link)

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Winedoctor

  • By Chris Kissack
    November 2009 (link)

    (Chateau Angélus St Emilion) Subscribe to see review text.

JancisRobinson.com

  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    2/20/2009 (link)

    (Ch Angélus St-Émilion Red) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    2/16/2009 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    10/31/2008 (link)

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Vinous

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2008, IWC Issue #138 (link)

    (Chateau Angelus Saint Emilion) Subscribe to see review text.

Vintage Tastings

  • By John Kapon
    Right Bank and More, 2/14/2008

    (L’Angelus) Subscribe to see review text.

JancisRobinson.com

  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    2/12/2008 (link)

    (Ch Angélus St-Émilion Red) Subscribe to see review text.

View From the Cellar

  • By John Gilman
    Jan/Feb 2008, Issue #13, The 2005 Bordeaux Vintage: A Snapshot of a Few Communes

    (Château Angélus) Subscribe to see review text.

JancisRobinson.com

  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    12/10/2007 (link)

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Vinous

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2007, IWC Issue #132 (link)

    (Chateau Angelus Saint Emilion) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2006, IWC Issue #126 (link)

    (Chateau Angelus Saint Emilion) Subscribe to see review text.

JancisRobinson.com

  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    4/18/2006 (link)

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Sommelier Journal

  • By Robert Bath, MS
    March 2009 (link)

    (Château Angélus, St. Émilion) Hubert de Boüard took over at Château Angélus in 1985, and by 1996, Angélus had been promoted to premier grand cru classé. With the 2005 vintage, Boüard has taken the winery to even greater heights. The youthful structure of this bottling makes it hard to believe that the cépage is 50% Merlot. Stunning blackberry and dark-cherry aromas are just the beginning, but the centerpiece of this wine is its concentration and balance. Hot Picks

RJonWine.com

  • By Richard Jennings
    1/18/2008 (link) 94 points

    (Château Angélus) Dark red violet color; sexy lavender and rich blackberry nose; balanced palate of ripe plum, sweet tannins, and a cedar note, very structured and needs probably 10 years to open; medium-plus finish (60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc)

Wine Library TV

  • By Gary Vaynerchuk
    2005 Bordeaux and cheese, Episode #223, 4/24/2007 (link) 99+ points

    (CHATEAU ANGELUS.) #1; COLOR-very dark; NOSE-amazing fruit explosion (black currant, cherry & cassis, hints of blueberries), chocolate/mocha, pure black licorice; TASTE-complete blitzkrieg of your palate, every part of palate is coated w/ charcoal, blackberry & black currant, huge mouthfeel, some heat (very young), huge tannin structure, explosive & tremendous, stunned by the balance of such a young wine, already has complete harmony; very special; expensive, but will be $1000 in 7-15 years ; RP-96/98; GV-99+

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2005
  • 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 Codes 0400005962394, 071570012878, 087000347328, 3258691104348, 3277035162059, 3448821600486, 3700188008894, 6717785009992

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 197 (2%)
  • In Cellars 6,349 (77%)
  • Consumed 1,662 (20%)

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