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1990 Château Angélus

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Libournais
  • St. Émilion Grand Cru
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Community Tasting Notes 274

  • Vinum Deorum wrote: 99 points

    January 10, 2022 - Close to perfection. Double-decanted 2 hours before tasting. Impressive aristocratic nose of cedar wood, whiffs of eucalyptus, pencil shave, tobacco.Tasted blind we thought the wine was 10/12 years younger. Lovely structure, perfect balance, tension and richness, freshness and intensity, cashmere tanins, aromas of cedar, cassis, truffle, leather, cigar box. Amazing wine, with still a few decades ahead.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • lifebreath wrote: 96 points

    January 3, 2022 - Magnificent! Paired with dry aged ribeye with truffle butter, caramelized Brussels sprout and rosemary mashed potatoes. Sadly, my last two bottles.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • englishman's claret wrote: 96 points

    December 18, 2021 - A good example of 90 Angelus, with a brief decant, offering a finely-detailed nose of mixed berries, plum, clove, leather, and potpourri. I love the cool yet concentrated style here; ripeness without heat. The palate is as fresh as the nose is decadent with an herbal, pencil, truffle character that transitions seamlessly into a long finish (when you can finally convince yourself to swallow it, that is).

    60% Merlot 40% Cabernet Franc
    ABV 13.5%

  • ShadowIII Likes this wine: 95 points

    December 15, 2021 - Tasted blind at dinner with the 1989, which was elegant, but the 1990 was a wow, much deeper, richer more complex, the group clearly preferred the 1990. Both bottles came from the same cellar.

  • Cailles wrote: 94 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: Medium- expressive nose only with not very precise expression of dark red fruits, herbs and minerality, the fruit is only in the background here, some leather and herbs but not that good. On the palate this is bright and fresh from the start to finish, light and rather airy with fresh red fruit, slightly candied, ripe but not too ripe, minerality and herbs, nice coffee layer, some leather. Good length but and fine tannins and a well integrated acidity. A good wine. Maybe more air, a proper decant would have helped the wine to open up more and show more layers. No structural deficits. 93/94 pts.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
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  • By Chris Kissack
    April 2019, 4/1/2019 (link)

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

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  • By Chris Kissack
    April 2013, 4/1/2013 (link)

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

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

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

  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    5/16/2005 (link)

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

Vintage Tastings

  • By John Kapon
    A Mega 1990 Bordeaux Tasting with Clive, 3/21/2005

    (L.Angelus) Subscribe to see review text.

Vinous

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    The 1990 Clarets...To Have and To Hold (Nov 1993), 11/1/1993 (link)

    (Angélus Angélus) Subscribe to see review text.

RJonWine.com

  • By Richard Jennings
    8/21/2004 (link) 93 points

    (Château Angélus) Cedar, black fruit nose; tasty, resolved, balanced black fruit and cedar palate; medium finish

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1990
  • 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 000056444650, 071570012878, 091882438272, 3277035162059, 6717785009992

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 30 (1%)
  • In Cellars 2,424 (61%)
  • Consumed 1,493 (38%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

Game, Lamb of Beef with mushrooms or berry (not sweet) sauce

Who Likes This Wine

99% Like It  78 votes

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