A.O.C. Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux, France
Château Angelus (formerly L’Angelus) is one of the most prestigious producers in the entire Saint-Émilion district – a name synonymous with crafting voluptuous wines.
As a testament to its quality, the 1996 vintage saw its elevation from Grand Cru to Premier Grand Cru status (in the 1955 Saint-Émilion classification: a rare and highly commendable honour only bestowed upon a handful of estates that have made considerable progress since the classification’s inception).
“The 2005 is very deep in colour. Like so many 2005s, it has closed down on the nose but there is patently a great deal of concentration. Tightly coiled black fruits, a touch of chocolate, a suggestion of something exotic, maybe kalamata olives loitering in the background. The palate is full-bodied with velvety smooth tannins. Quite high-toned and gregarious, perhaps just a little too sweet on the finish for my personal taste with very good weight on the powerful finish. Real density and matiere here. This will need another 10 years to really come around although provenance and format would be playing its part.” eRobertParker.com (Mar 2012)
Optimum Drinking Period: 2018-2038
Robert Parker: 98
Wine Spectator: 96
Stephen Tanzer: 96