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  • Country ranking ?

    4 519
  • Producer ranking ?

    24
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    2020-2035
  • Food Pairing

    Beef

The Story

Château Angelus is one of the largest and most prestigious St-Emilion estates and was promoted to1er grand cru classé status in the 1996 St-Emilion reclassification. Since 2012 ranked Premier grand cru classé (A) in the Classification of Saint-Émilion wine. Passionately managed for over four generations, Angelus is owned and run by two cousins, Hubert de Boüard de Laforest, andJean-Bernard Grenie and is located in the centre-west of the St-Emilion appellation, due west of St-Emilion town.

Angelus's vineyards, 57.8 acres, situated less than a kilometer away from the famous St Emilion steeple, enjoys a perfect southerly-exposed slope - Cabernet Franc (which makes up 48% of the blend) is grown at the bottom of the slope, where the soil is sandier and warmer, while the Merlot(50% of the blend) is grown in the limestone-rich clay soils at the top of the slope. The wine is matured in 100% new oak for 18 months. Rich, concentrated and complex, Angelus needs at least five years of bottle age before it should be approached.

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Vintage 2003

2003 Château Angelus

After a hot, sunny summer, the earliest ripening Merlot was picked on September 9th while the last of the Cabernet Franc was brought in on October 3rd.
The yields were low. The grapes were fabulously rich with magnificent balances and in perfect health.
The wines show lovely red berry and black fruit aromas, subtle hints of roasted coffee beans with a freshness that comes through on the palate thanks in particular to the Cabernet Franc.
Silky tannins show through in a lovely balance between power and a velvety texture. A very long finish.
Ageing potential : up to 2020

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

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Tasting note

ending

Long, Round and Flavorful

flavors

Licorice, Coffee, Toasty, Smoky, Leather and Floral

nose

Youthful, Ripe and Seductive

taste

Average in Acidity, Warming, Medium tannin, Youthful, Medium-bodied, Round, Ripe, Dry and Sweet tannins

Verdict

Exotic

Written Notes

According to the Château, The picking stretched out from September the 14th to the 27th in weather conditions that allowed us to harvest wholly in accordance with the criteria of grape ripeness, sugar levels and acidity. The Merlot showed dazzling fruit characters, unctuosity and balance and was blended with Cabernet Franc that was slightly over-ripe. After a hot, sunny summer, the earliest ripening Merlot was picked on September 9th while the last of the Cabernet Franc was brought in on October 3rd. The yields were low. Perfect magnum. Dark, ruby colour. Very concentrated and intense nose with loads of ripe black fruits combined with chocolate, vanilla and toasty nuances. Opulent on the palate with richly structured. Intense fruit of ripe black cassis, satiny tannins and balancing acidity. Harmonious oak influence is detected with gentle spices and toastiness in the lingering chocolaty aftertaste. Drinking lovely already but will deliver much more in next ten to fifteen years.
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Origin

St-Emilion, Bordeaux

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 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Château Angelus 2003  ( Château Angelus )

"According to the Château, The picking stretched out from September the 14th to the 27th in weather conditions that allowed us to harvest wholly in accordance with the criteria of grape ripeness, sugar levels and acidity. The Merlot showed dazzling fruit characters, unctuosity and balance and was blended with Cabernet Franc that was slightly over-ripe.
After a hot, sunny summer, the earliest ripening Merlot was picked on September 9th while the last of the Cabernet Franc was brought in on October 3rd. The yields were low.
Perfect magnum. Dark, ruby colour. Very concentrated and intense nose with loads of ripe black fruits combined with chocolate, vanilla and toasty nuances. Opulent on the palate with richly structured. Intense fruit of ripe black cassis, satiny tannins and balancing acidity. Harmonious oak influence is detected with gentle spices and toastiness in the lingering chocolaty aftertaste. Drinking lovely already but will deliver much more in next ten to fifteen years.
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4y 6m ago

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