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    2 147
  • Producer ranking ?

    12
  • Decanting time

    1h30min
  • When to drink

    now to 2035
  • Food Pairing

    Roast lamb served medium-rare to well-done

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Wine Advocate 99 points 

A blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc, this is clearly the greatest Angelus until the 2000, 2003 and then the perfect 2005. Beautiful, sweet plum, blackberry and blueberry fruit soar from the glass of this opaque, purple wine that still hasn’t lost much in color. Deep, opulent, voluptuously textured, full-bodied and multidimensional, this is a stunner and just now approaching its plateau of full maturity, where it should stay for at least another 20 years.-RP

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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.

 Chateau Angelus, which has been making wine in St-Emilion for almost 250 years, is still considered "new" for that appellation. It was founded by, and has always been run by, the de Bouard family. The name "Angelus" means the ringing of bells to commemorate a catholic devotion, and the workers in the Chateau Angelus vineyards can hear the bells ringing from three nearby churches...thus how the winery got its name. Although the quality of the wine has had some rough years, the quality of the terroir is one of the best in St-Emilion. And with some key education and talent emerging from the de Bouard family in the past 40 years, the winery is now realizing its potential and has rocketed to one of the top, most sought-after labels in the region. A blend of the merlot and cab franc, from perfectly balanced soils of limestone and clay, the real Cindarella story of Chateau Angelus in not the world class terroir or fruit, but of the winemaking practices that have been put in place over the past 40 years. Hubert de Boüard de Laforest joined the family business at Angélus in 1976 and proceeded to make several modernizing changes to the vinification that allows him more control over the quality. Under his management, and the consultancy of oenologist Michel Rolland, the estate has been consistently moving up in its classifications, eventually attaining Premier grand cru classe A in 2012. The style of Chateau Angelus is lush, dense and creamy, but also elegant, classy and pure with lots of freshness. There is a second wine, called Le Carillon d’Angélus, and a third wine, called No. 3 d’Angélus. You can see the bell, the Angelus, represented in the Chateau's label, cork, case and capsule markings, as well as in the elaborate sculpture that installed in the back of the main building. It makes it easy for you to imagine being transported to this majestic Bordeaux vineyard, hearing the bells ringing, smelling the sweet grapes, and feeling the sun warming you and the soil under your feet.

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Wine Information

1990
Magnificent weather in September allowed each plot to be picked at the optimum time. The grapes were very concentrated in sugar and phenolic compounds and produced opulent, exuberant wines.
On the nose, the wine develops aromas of blackberries and blackcurrants with smoky notes. The palate is rich, full and generous. The finish is long and harmonious. Ageing potential : up to 2025

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Vintage 1990

An early, even flowering, a warm but unspectacular summer and an exceptionally hot period during the end of August and the first half of September. It was this heat that made it possible for the record harvest to not only to fully ripen, but also to concentrate the fruit.  The harvest started on September 14 and was finished before heavy rains commenced on October 2. Another reason for the success of the vintage was that most châteaux had invested in their cellars and were able to work such a large and hot harvest. It was now possible to control the fermentation temperatures better than in earlier hot vintages, such as 1947. The grapes produced wines with such high natural alcohol that chaptalization became unnecessary. They showed deep colour, high and unusually soft tannin levels and a better acidity than first thought, as well as great fruit concentration. The media hype was great, particularly thanks to the advent of new wine magazines - this was the vintage that cemented Robert Parker’s reputation. The prices rose rapidly and have not looked back since. I remember all Premier Crus (including Pétrus) being offered to end consumers for around 50 euros en-primeur in 1983.

The scene when the 1990 vintage came along was quite different. There was a surplus of very good to great wine on the market – for the first time there was talk of three great vintages following one another. This lead to most châteaux lowering their prices by about 20 per cent compared to their 1989 prices, even though the quality was outstanding. There had been a steady increase in prices during the 1980s, but they were now more or less back to the opening prices of the 1982s. It was again a record harvest, but because most châteaux had by now introduced a ‘second wine’ and due to the fact they were more selective with regards to quality, there was actually less wine being bottled as ‘Grand Vin’ than in 1982.

We have been following both these vintages from a comparatively early age, as they were both precocious and easy to drink from the start. The top wines from both vintages are spectacular, but the overall quality is much higher in 1990. Here the wines were equally successful on both sides of the river, and even minor châteaux produced something special. We have always found most 1982s from the right bank to be too alcoholic and lacking in structure; indeed many are now ageing rapidly.

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A pair of dueling ’90 Right Bankers were next, beginning with the 1990 Angelus. This was reportedly Hubert’s favorite vintage of all-time. It was deep, big and long with black fruits, bread and great dryness. It was quite thick and long, toeing the line between New and Old Worlds quite deftly. It didn’t please everyone in the crowd as ‘too aggressive’ and ‘anchovy’ came out, but I liked and respected the wine (95).
  • 95p
Intense, complex, rich and leathery nose with black currants, cigarbox and licorice touch of mint. Medium-bodied, vivid acidity subtle tannins, concentrated and elegant palate that closes in the mid palate. A great potential but will reach its ideal drinkability that needs to be aged for at least ten to fifteen years.
  • 92p

Dark red with hues of garnet. Intense and persistent perfume, with scent of spices and stewed fruit.The taste is warm, very supple, harmonious and well-balanced. With very long after taste.

  • 94p

Truffles, very distinguished nose with intense flavours, several layers on the palate, great length and structure. Formidable wine with many years to go. 96p.

  • 96p
A gorgeous wine with intense purple red colour and violet hue. Very compact nost with powerful and opulent character displaying a rather closed aromatic structure. With some oxygen the wine starts slowly to open up and shows partially ist great potential. Patience is asked, the potential for further evolution clearly stated. A wine like an iron fist in a velvet glove.
  • 97p
Bright ruby. Rich nose of blueberries, vanilla, bergamot and violets. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, not too complex but realy seductive. Long fruitdriven finish.
  • 93p
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Origin

St. Emilion, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

No Potential

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