2010 Angelus



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Average critic rating : 95.28 points

99

99

This is another magnificent wine. How much fun will it be to have the 2000, 2005, 2009 and 2010 in future tastings to see which vintage comes out on top? They are all candidates that will flirt with perfection, depending on the state of their evolution. The 2010 has a similar color to the 2009, but is perhaps even more opaque, which seems almost impossible. Subtle barbecue smoke, graphite, blackberry liqueur, licorice and chocolate jump from the glass, and the wine hits the palate with a thunderous cascade of sweet, velvety, full-bodied, concentrated black fruits, nice definition from the tannins and decent acidity. The wine has a majestic, multilayered finish that goes on for a minute. This magnificent wine is still frightfully young and still somewhat unformed, but every bit as prodigious as its older sibling, the 2009. This will probably end up evolving on a slightly slower evolutionary track. However, it has 50 years of longevity in it.||The Boüard family, the proprietors of Château Angelus, date from 1544 in St.-Emilion. Located on lower hillsides, with a southerly exposure, their 67-acre vineyard, composed of sandstone, limestone and clay, is planted with 47% Cabernet Franc, 50% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon.| Hubert de Boüard, who single-handedly elevated the quality from one of mediocrity (vintages such as 1978, 1982, 1983, and 1985 were disappointing), hit pay dirt with his efforts starting in 1988. Since then, there has been a remarkable succession of great wines.| Radical viticulture such as crop-thinning, shoot-positioning and the immensely labor-intensive manual destemming are employed. Both a second and third wine are made, as the selection process for Angelus is severe. All of this resulted in the 2012 Angelus being upgraded, along with Pavie, to Premier Grand Cru Classé A, joining Cheval Blanc and Ausone as one of only four estates in St.-Emilion to receive this accolade.| Aging takes place in 100% new oak for 18-24 months, after which the wine is bottled with neither fining nor filtration. | eRobertParker.com.August, 2015

92-94

92-94

The Angelus 2010 has a very ripe, quite opulent, dense bouquet with dark cherries, cassis, dark plum/Hoi Sin with good definition and a lot of ambition. The palate is full-bodied with very thick, bold tannins lending enormous structure to this Angelus. Layers of ripe blackberry, dark cherries and boysenberry with well integrated new oak. As usual, very modern in style, but very dry and tannic on the finish at the moment. Tasted March 2011. Neal Martin erobertparker.com

97-98

97-98

Wild aromas of blackberries, dark chocolate and hints of toasted nuts. Very intense. Full bodied, with super integrated tannins and a fabulous finish. Goes on for minutes. This takes off on the palate. Really impressive. 45 percent Cabernet Franc and 55 percent Merlot. jamessuckling.com

17.5

17.5

Extremely dark purple. Very beguiling scent. Intense. Purple fruits and then balsam wood. Real exciting palate hit – quite sweet but with structure too. Looking pretty good! Tense and intense. Needs lots of time. A sort of halfway house to Pavie style. jancisrobinson.com

18.5

18.5

In the same league as the amazing '09 but an even bigger structure here. Tell-tale saturated colour. Busy, complex nose with spice, cacao and violet (45% Cabernet Franc) notes. Ripe, succulent fruit on the palate but not overblown. Lingering freshness behind. Powerful but refined tannins. Long, persistent finish. James Lawther, decanter.com

18

18

Through crepuscular tannins and innocent acids, the earliest fruit is revealed. As a result of the devotional exercise of the winemakers, this may be the Angélus, the finest of the early millennium – a ringing salutation whose message will be fully understood in 30 years of maturity.

96-98

96-98

Angelus From an assemblage of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Franc, this inky purple wine sports a beautiful sheen. Licorice, coffee, jammy black and red fruits, earth and stone aromas are found with little effort. The full boded, rich, concentrated wine feels sexy and plush with its cashmere tannins. The long, intense, balanced finish ends with licorice, chocolate and pure, black plum liqueur sensations. Hubert de Bouard prefers this to the 2005, which for me, remains the benchmark wine for Chateau Angelus. At this point in time, I do not agree with Hubert. But it?s going to be fun comparing those and other vintages over the next several decades. winecellarinsider.com

93-96

93-96

The 2010 Angelus has notes of fresh blackberries, blueberries and cedar, and is made in a lively style with good length and freshness. The wines of Angelus are definitely evolving towards a more elegant style, with the right amount of supporting acidity. asianpalate.com

17-18

17-18

Very reticent on the nose but the palate is completly stuffed full of super (over?) ripe fruit and huge tannin levels. Our hunch is that with sufficent time this will come good...but it's going to take a while!



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Angelus: The Importance

Château Angélus has risen to become one of the leading estates in St Émilion and one of the finest wines in all of Bordeaux. Regularly praised by critics, it excels year upon year, delivering exceptional quality and being described by Robert Parker as “one of the great, shining success stories and superstar estates of St Émilion and all of Bordeaux.”

 

The quality of the wine being produced at Angélus rose steeply when Hubert de Bouard took control in 1985. Much stricter methods of vineyard management and winemaking were introduced, such as the lowering of yields, improvement in selection and the use of all new French oak in the aging process. Alongside these, modern and climate controlled cellars were introduced and an extensive renovation estimated to have cost around 10 million euros took place in 2012. The rewards of this investment were first seen with the 1988 vintage, with Parker writing that although the estate had had a somewhat shaky past, “it quickly became the poster child and catalyst for the qualitative revolution in St Émilion and since 1988 there has not been a hiccup.”

 

The rewards for this strong focus on quality have been clear. In 1996, Angélus was promoted to 1er Grand Cru Classé  in the St Émilion reclassification, and then elevated to 1er Grand Cru Classé A status in 2012, joining Cheval Blanc, Ausone and Pavie, and showing the value in price that can be found with Angelus, when compared to its colleaugues, such as Cheval Blanc.


Angelus: The Insight

The Grand Vin of Angélus is typically full bodied, rich and bold in style, with Antonio Galloni saying that “next to Pavie and Cheval Blanc, Angélus has broader shoulders, larger-grained tannins and more overt ripeness.” Stephen Tanzer described the 2015 Grand Vin as possessing “extravagantly rich aromas of black raspberry, blueberry, bitter chocolate and coconutty oak.” Some of the best vintages of this wine have been 1990, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2009 and 2010, with them all being considered close to perfect by critics.

 

A second wine has been produced at this estate since 1987 called Le Carillon d’Angélus. The vines receive the same care and attention as for the Grand Vin, the main difference coming from the length of time spent in oak and the proportion of new oak used, which means that the wine is of a lighter and more approachable style than the Grand Vin, and is characterised by velvety tannins and rich fruitiness. It has been well received by critics, with Parker saying of the 2015 vintage that it was able to “show up many other St Émilion grand crus.”

 

A third wine has also been produced since 2007, called the No3 d’Angélus, the product of the estates younger wines, which focuses on producing a smooth and fruit forward wine.

 

The constant search for ways of producing wine of even higher quality is clear at Angelus. In 2009, an extra 60 people were hired in order to manually destem the grapes berry by berry as much as possible, and this was expanded to 150 people the following year, meaning that almost half of their crop was destemmed manually. This process means that the berries will stay intact, preserving freshness and retarding oxygenation.


Angelus: The Background

Château Angélus was born when the first owner George de Bouard started buying vineyard land in St Émilion, but the true birth of this estate, as it is now, took place in 1909 when Maurice de Bouard de La Forest inherited the vineyard and purchased a 3.5 hectare parcel of vines known as ‘L’Angélus’. He purchased another 13 hectares of vines and the family continued acquiring vines, with the estate now being comprised of 39 hectares of vines. The estate continues to be owned and run by the same family, with Hubert de Bouard now in charge with help from his children. The family also owns other vineyards in Bordeaux, including La Fleur de Bouard in the Lalande de Pomerol and Château de Francs in the Côtes de Francs appellation.

 

Neighbours include Château Canon and Jonathan Maltus’ Le Dôme. The vineyard of Château Angélus is situated in a natural amphitheatre which is overlooked by the three Saint Émilion churches. This meant that in the centre of this site, the sounds from the angelus bells were amplified each time they rang, reminding all the men and women working in the vineyards to take a few seconds out of their day to pray, and it is this that has come to be represented on the beautifully distinctive label of this wine.

 

Planted on some of the best soils of St Émilion, made up of clay and limestone, the vineyards consist of 51% Merlot, 47% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon. This is considerably more Cabernet Franc than most of the other wines being produced in St Émilion, and the significant use of this grape variety in the final blend means that this wine has a strong aromatic character and can age extremely successfully. 



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