Angelus 2006

St Emilion, Premier Grand Cru Classé A

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Tasting Notes

This is another sleeper of the vintage from Hubert de Boüard. The 2006 reminds me somewhat of the 2001, perhaps not quite as lush at this state, but underrated as a vintage at this property. Dense purple, with sweet boysenberry, blueberry and black-raspberry fruit, licorice, chocolate and a touch of barbecue smoke, a bit of graphite also makes an appearance in this full-bodied, opulent wine that seems to be maturing much like the 2001. Drink it over the next 20-25 years.

Score: 95

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2015-2040 01 August 2015

A spectacular effort (what’s new?), this brilliant offering from proprietor Hubert de Bouard is another classic. A blend of 62% Merlot and 38% Cabernet Franc, it boasts an inky/purple color as well as a sumptuous bouquet of creosote, blueberry pie, espresso roast, blackberries, and graphite. Extremely full-bodied and stunningly rich with a multi-layered texture, sweet tannin, and a 45-second finish, this exceptional 2006 is one of the great wines of St.-Emilion. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2028.

Score: 95

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2012-2028 01 February 2009

A brilliant effort from this 60 plus acre vineyard run with perfection by proprietor Hubert de Bouard, the 2006 is a classic blend of 62% Merlot and 38% Cabernet Franc. An inky/blue/purple color precedes a bouquet of charcoal, blueberries, blackberries, vanilla, and roasted coffee. Revealing no hardness from unripe tannin, it is an opulent, fleshy, sensationally rich effort with a fabulous texture as well as a long finish. Only slightly below the quality of the monumental 2005, the 2006 will be drinkable early, and should last for 20 years. The natural alcohol is approximately 14%.

Score: 92 - 95

Robert Parker 30 November -0001

Full ruby. Vibrant aromas of crushed blueberry and bitter chocolate are further brightened by a violet quality. Dense, sweet and lush, with terrific depth and freshness to its dark fruit, mineral and violet flavors. This is really creamy-rich for the vintage. Finishes with smooth, chocolatey tannins and outstanding palate-saturating length. It's hard to imagine how Hubert de Bouard managed to get such a deep, layered middle palate without any sign of overextracted tannins or heaviness, but he has managed this neat trick.

Score: 93

Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar 01 May 2009

Tasted at the château. Four words: "Wine of the Vintage". One punctuation mark "?" and that is because we are assessing a pre-natal wine. But wow, it is all here. A deep black inky purple colour. Pure blackberry and blueberry on the nose, which has the precision and poise that most other Saint Emilion, could only dream about. In the background, a touch of blood orange and brown sugar. The palate is full-bodied, tannic but again with racy acidity and stupendous delineation à la Ausone. A touch of dark chocolate laces the crisp, sweet, blackberry and blueberry finish. Tasted within an hour of both Ausone and Cheval Blanc, Angelus slips past them both. Outstanding. Tasted April 2007.

Score: 97 - 99

Neal Martin, 01 May 2007

Very dark indeed. Distinctive, concentrated, dense nose with obvious ambition - lovely racy creamy texture. I wonder if this is a particularly successful Pavie? Great concentration but lots of supple fruit in the middle. A ‘cool’ finish and masses of well managed tannin. Very much a wine for the long term - which is unusual in this vintage. Well done!

Score: 17

Jancis Robinson MW, Maturity: 2016-2026 18 April 2007

A deep colour. 62% Merlot and 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, with yields of 38hl/ha. Lots of interest with aromas of cocoa, caramel, and rich berry fruit. This is massive again, with rich fruit and good power. Less extravagant and exotic than we have seen before. A fair bit of extract here with towering components and structure but there is admirable balance throughout and wonderfully silky texture. Very broad with good verve of acidity on the cappuccino finish.

Score: 93 - 95

Albany Vintners, - 01 April 2007

A clean wine, with lovely berry and mineral character. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and a long, caressing finish. This is extremely well made.

Score: 92 - 94

James Suckling, Wine Spectator 01 April 2007