Incredible depth of fruit. Dense yet agile and energetic. It has so much dynamic fruit and tannin structure. Makes you want to taste and taste. What a young wine! We will see if 2016 is better than 2015. Both are great. Mar 2017, www.jamessuckling.com
With deep color, the wine offers some truffle, earth, florae and dark, red pit fruits in the incense. On the palate, the wine has the feel of well-worn, fine hotel linen with refined, sexy fruits and concentration. There is vibrancy to the fruits and velvetiness to the texture, coupled with depth, complexity and length. The wine was made from a blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc . The Grand Vin represents 67% of the harvest. Apr 2017, www.thewinecellarinsider.com
This wine is certainly structured, but it is the fruit that gives it its greatness. Beautiful ripe berries and plums burst from the glass. They are backed by ample tannins on the palate, as well as great acidity that gives the year its freshness. It is a very fine wine, packed with fruit and with everything it needs to age for many years. Apr 2017, Roger Voss, www.wineenthusiast.com
The 2016 Angelus is a blend of 40% Cabernet Franc and 60% Merlot with much of the production zoning in on the more clayey soils that are ideal in a dry growing season like this. Picked from 4 to 21 October and matured entirely in new oak, it has a very intense bouquet with multilayered blackcurrant, blueberry and floral notes, very refined and precise, not unlike the 2010 in some ways, but I would argue this is more sophisticated. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, crisp acidity, symmetrical in terms of focus with just the right amount of sappiness on the saline finish. It is a superb Angelus from the de Bouard family, destined to give pleasure over many, many years. Once in bottle, I expect it to land towards the top of my banded scale. Apr 2017, www.robertparker.com
No. 10 in Top 10 Right Bank Bordeaux. Very precise, detailed Angélus with lovely freshness, suave, generous tannins and great purity. The new younger generation team at Angélus is focused on detail and precision which they have succeeded in doing in this vintage. Fresh juicy berries, vibrant blackberries with sweet spices and herbs. Complex and long. There is intensity here and at the same time a lightness; an ethereal beauty. 14% alcohol and 100% new oak. Apr 2017, www.jeanniecholee.com
A wonderful Angélus, rich in the character of this vintage. Stunning length on the silky tannins. This extends outwards and the architecture is very much more linear than circular (as it is in some vintages), with a lovely freshness and power. I just love how this feels effortless, with deeply intense black fruits and a dried herb edge. The flesh isn't overt but absolutely present. Likely to take on some more weight over time and it will certainly take its time to reach its perfect drinking window. Wonderful sense of energy, power and intensity, yet it's so drinkable now. The 100% new oak is very well integrated, a brilliant success. Blend is 60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc, with the lowest pH for many years at 3.7 (the 2009 more like 3.9), mainly because the wide temperature differences between day and night slowed down the maturing process and kept freshness. Apr 2017, www.decanter.com, Drink: 2027-2050
One of the more surprising wines of the vintage, the 2016 Angélus shows a level of finesse that has not exactly been the norm here in recent years. Persistent and energetic on the palate, the 2016 Angélus boasts tons of nuance, with plenty of detail in all of its elements. A closing burst of Cabernet Franc-inflected floral and spice overtones give the wine an exotic flair. The 2016 is a fabulous Angélus. It's as simple as that.
Strong balsam notes. Rather luscious fruit and lots of life and interest. Real vivacity. In this wine, in this stable, although it has a drying finish, the fruit is so overwhelming that it distracts from the drying finish. Well done in a distinctly modernist style. Though the finish is a little weak. Apr 2017, www.jancisrobinson.com, Drink: 2027-2042