Rich, ripe briary fruit, seductive Merlot rounds out the firmer Cabernet, good freshness and fine ripe tannins for a good future. Steven Spurrier, decanter.com
Exceptionally dark. Sweet liquorice notes – very pronounced! Smooth and polished with lots of tannin underneath. Some floral notes too. Cool, dry finish. Very interesting, well-mannered wine. Just a very slight lack of freshness but really that is nit-picking. Jancis Robinson, jancisrobinson.com
A major sleeper of the vintage, as I thought from barrel several years ago, the 2010 is one of the best d’Angludets I have tasted. It should drink nicely for 15-20 years, but there is no reason to defer your gratification. It is a sexy, up-front, precociously styled d’Angludet with a deep purple color, loads of floral notes intermixed with licorice, blueberry, black raspberry and, of course, the classic creme de cassis. It is dense, ripe, soft, round and surprisingly accessible for a 2010. A beauty! Feb 2013, www.robertparker.com
A reduced nose makes the sample hard to assess. Light, fine red fruit on the palate and with a nice silky finish.
The d’Angludet ’10 is a tad broody on the nose despite rigorous coaxing: blackberry, black pepper and a touch of sous-bois . Good intensity but lacking a bit of “joy” and a second sample was showing a little more over-ripeness (and SO2.) The palate is medium-bodied with ripe, thick, robust tannins, very tannic and masculine that leads to an earthy, slightly hard finish. This is a little introspective out of barrel but it has the substance to merit a potential higher mark in barrel. Wait and see. Tasted April 2011. Neal Martin, erobertparker.com