2005 1er Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

Grapes Cab Franc, Merlot, Cab Sauv
Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
District Right Bank
Sub-district Saint Emilion & Satellites
Village Saint Emilion
Classification 1er Grand Cru Classé

62% Merlot with Cabernet Franc making up the rest with 'an insignificant amount' of Cabernet Sauvignon. Lovely fruit, very ripe but it stays fresh. Concentration and a very obvious sucrosity, to the extent that we are assured its completely dry analytically - the alcohol level gives this sense of sweetness - but it is not 'hot', rather cool fresh and gorgeous. Very concentrated, very tannic finish. Hubert thinks this better than his 1989. Rating: 94-94 L&S (Apr 2006)

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The 2005 Angélus is the most tannic and forbidding of the three wines in this last flight. Deep, massively concentrated and youthful, the 2005 is going to need at least a few more years in bottle to start drinking well. Even so, its pedigree and class are quite evident. Next to Pavie and Cheval Blanc, Angélus has broader shoulders, larger-grained tannins and more overt ripeness, while the Cabernet Franc is quite evident, especially when compared with the Cheval. Drinking range: 2020 - 2055 Rating: 97-97 Antonio Galloni, 2015)

Truly great stuff, this wine performed at a three-digit level both in the horizontal tasting of 2005s in Baltimore, as well as in Montreal at this mini-vertical. This sensational, opaque, bluish/purple wine offers up notes of vanillin, spring flowers, blueberry and blackberry liqueur, plus a touch of licorice. The wine hits the palate with a thunderous cascade of ripe, rich, concentrated fruit. It is full-bodied, multidimensional and layered. The tannins are beautifully integrated but still present, and the wood, acidity, alcohol, etc., are all beautifully assimilated in this magnificent, majestic vintage of Angelus. It can be drunk now, but it is still an adolescent and that suggests it has at least another 25-35 years of longevity. Drinking range: 2015 - 2050 Rating: 100-100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, 2015)

The Château Angelus 2005 has a powerful bouquet with blackberry, bilberry, freshly cut violets and minerals all very well defined and poised. The palate is full-bodied with pure, quite toasty and slightly lactic black fruit. There is great depth here, immense density and yet it keeps control and focus right to the finish. Perhaps it does not quite possess the precision as the Canon ’05, but it is still a deeply impressive wine from Hubert de Bouard. Drinking range: 2020 - 2050 Rating: 23/25 Neal Martin, 2015)

Deep ruby. Incredible brooding nose combines blackberry, black cherry, minerals, violet and a liqueur of licorice. A lush, sexy wine of compelling sweetness, solidity and depth, with a pronounced cabernet franc minerality punching up the explosive fruit. The inexorable, endless finish features huge but thoroughly ripe tannins and terrific energy. As primary as this is, there's nothing hard about it. This is likely to age gracefully for two or three decades. The best vintage I've ever tasted from this property, and it's clearly one of the stars of this great vintage. Bouard notes that the IPT today is 96. The alcohol is 14.7% and the pH 3.7, compared to 14.2% and 3.95 for the 1990 vintage. (May/June 2007) Rating: 94-96 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar(May 2007)

Magnificent wine: refined aromas of red berries, largely influenced by the high proportion of Cabernet Franc, excellent body, velvety texture, elegant tannins. The style of this Château is continuing to evolve, showing the same intensity of flavour but with better balance and integration of tannins. Drink from 2015. Rating: *****/19 2006)

Château Angélus

The name Angélus supposedly derives from that of a particular vineyard where devout winemakers could hear the Angélus bell tolling from all the town’s churches.

The estate was brought by the present owner’s great-grandfather, Comte Maurice de Boüard, in 1921. He also owned another property Château Mazerat, and after World War II his sons united the two estates under its present name.

The next generation took over in the form of the dynamic Hubert de Boüard, a graduate oenologist from Bordeaux university, in 1985. Hubert felt that the Château was underperforming, and he has worked hard since to re-energise the property, aided by his cousin Jean-Bernard Grenié. Their commitment and investment was rewarded in 1996, when the Château was promoted to a Premier Grand Cru Classé.

Hubert's daughter, Stéphanie de Boüard-Rivoal, joined the team in 2012, and his nephew, Thierry Grenié de Boüard in 2016. Together they represent the eighth generation of the family to run Angélus.

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