11-11-2015 Château Angélus tasting at Pistache, West Palm Beach, Florida
One of the four Premier Grand Cru Classé (A) properties in Saint-Émilion, Château Angélus consistently produces some of the most desired and exceptional wines in the appellation. Since Hubert de Boüard de Laforest took over in 1988, Angélus has established itself as a wine that is worthy of its classification status (which was elevated to its current status in 2012). Angélus owes much of its uniqueness to its proportion of Cabernet Franc, which adds an additional level of complexity to the wines. The wines are also known for their structure, and while they certainly have the ability to age for decades, this tasting confirmed that even the younger wines can be quite enjoyable in their youth. The tasting also showed that in less heralded vintages such as 2004 and 2008, Angélus rose to the occasion to produce excellent wines that outperformed many of their peers.
2011 La Fleur de Boüard (Lalande-de-Pomerol). Very fresh. As approachable as the ’06 and ’07. Light and fresh. Actually has really dark fruits, with blueberry and blackberry. Some oak spice, chocolate, and crushed rocks. Medium length finish. A really dinner wine. Always a good value. Medium weight. Very dark color. 91/100
2004 Château Angélus. Still inky purple color. Fantastic nose of plum, black cherry, licorice, bacon, truffle, and mocha. Tannins round. Excellent balance. A wine with finesse. A wine that makes you think. Long, long finish. No bitterness. Not at peak, but a great wine to try now. 96/100
2008 Château Angélus. Again dark inky color. Dark fruits, chocolate, earth, violets, and licorice. Has what I would call a pretty nose, but is still quite shy. Nice concentration. Medium plus finish with a touch of bitterness. Tannins seem to be in the background right now, surprisingly. A little concerned about the tannins seeming a little advanced. 93/100
2009 Château Angélus. Very deep and concentrated. Young. Lots of licorice, black cherry, blackberry, starting to show truffle, chocolate, and Asian spices. Full bodied, high density. Very long finish. Tannic but not overbearing. A very impressive wine. This one is gong to be great but hold this for at least 5 years. 95/100
2012 Carillon d’Angélus. Quite approachable at this youthful stage. Strawberry, raspberry, musk, vanilla. Really smooth on the palate, with soft tannins. Medium length finish. 89/100