Angelus 2007

St Emilion, Premier Grand Cru Classé A

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Tasting Notes

The 2007 Angelus has a really quite wonderful bouquet with dark cherries, crushed strawberry, hints of orange blossom and cedar that contain much more energy than many of its peers. The palate is very crisp and nicely structured on the entry. The acidity is very well judged, and there is a sense of effortless charm in the silky smooth, lightly spiced finish. Everything here is just ticking along nicely. Excellent. Tasted February 2017.

Score: 92

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2017-2030 30 June 2017

This has a very deep concentrated nose, broody black fruits, a touch of graphite, the Merlot dominating at the moment at the Cabernet Franc more in the background. Again this is a great Saint Emilion with excellent structure and delineation, a real tension running through from start to finish. Very good weight with touches of graphite, blackberry with a hint of steaming black coffee on the aftertaste. This is another superb, very pure Angelus.

Score: 93 - 95

Neal Martin, RobertParker.com 01 April 2008

Good deep ruby-red. Spicy aromas of blueberry, licorice and bitter chocolate. Sweet, lush and deep but quite suave, with lovely lift to the cabernet franc-driven violet, licorice and peppery flavors. Firmly structured and long on the aftertaste. This already shows good mid-palate fat but really needs at least a few years to expand.

Score: 91

Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar 01 July 2010

A super effort from proprietor Hubert de Bouard, this blend of 62% Merlot and 38% Cabernet Franc exhibits sweet notes of chocolate, charcoal, blackberries, and jammy cherries in its round, opulent, fleshy personality. Yields were 35 hectoliters per hectare, and the wine achieved 13.5% natural alcohol. Low acidity and ripe tannin make for a voluptuous style of Angelus to drink now and over the next 10-15 years.

Score: 92

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2010-2025 30 April 2010

Score: 90 - 93

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate Maturity: Not Stated 01 May 2008

Dark purplish crimson. Very big-boned but with a hint of green on the nose. This wine tastes like a cross between Troplong Mondot and its fleshiness and the norm of the rest – lots of late-picked aromas but also some astringency and pretty mouth-puckering overall. Like sucking a bit of tarmacadam. Pretty hard work! And a bit of a hole in the middle. Not the charm of Pavie.

Score: 16

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2012-2016 10 April 2008

Really deep, dark hue. Layered fruit on the palate with surprising freshness and vivacity. Lovely cassis notes and flavour. Oak present but integrated. Superior to 2004 and 2006. Drink 2014-2022.

Score: 17

Decanter Maturity: 2014-2022 08 April 2008

Berry, mineral and licorice aromas and flavors. Medium body, fine tannins and a medium finish. Very well done for the vintage.

Score: 88 - 91

James Suckling, Wine Spectator 01 April 2008