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Tasting Notes

WA99

A candidate for one of the finest Angelus produced to date (and there have been many, including 1989, 1990, 2000 and 2005), this blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc was fashioned from tiny yields of 20 hectoliters per hectare. It boasts a black/purple color along with a gorgeous perfume of blueberry liqueur, spring flowers and graphite. In the mouth, notes of incense and cassis also emerge from this velvety-textured, full-bodied, intensely concentrated 2009. With silky tannins, low acidity and spectacular purity, texture and depth, it is already approachable (although I’m sure proprietor Hubert de Bouard would think drinking it now is akin to infanticide), but should keep for 20-30+ years.

WS96

Rich and rather stolid now, this features a wall of roasted apple wood and charcoal flavors in front of the dense core of black Mission fig, steeped black currant fruit and espresso notes. Extremely dense on the finish, but the inlaid spice and tobacco hints are there just beneath the surface, needing only extended cellaring to emerge fully. One of the larger-scaled efforts of the vintage. Best from 2018 through 2035.


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The Winery

l’Angelus

Truly harmonious wines that are arguably the most highly desired out of St. Emilion. The Chateau Angelus family tree spans eight generations and is the result of the passion and commitment of the Bouard de Laforest family. This Bordelais estate is named after an ancient patch of vines in the center of the vineyard where workers could hear the Angelus (or church bells) ring simultaneously from three different churches in the countryside. The southerly exposed estate vineyards contain Merlot and Cabernet Franc- a considerable addition which adds to the brightness of the wines and makes them stylistically more contemporary. Chateau Angelus was promoted to Premier Grand Cur Classe status in 1996 and produces a second wine called Carillon de l’Angelus, of which only 1000 cases are produced annually. Robert Parker awarded the 2009 Chateau Angelus 99 points, and all of the wines appear frequently in the world’s most prestigious auction houses, including the 2012 Sothebys auction where the wines went for top dollar.

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