2003 Angelus 750ml

France - Bordeaux - St Emilion | Premier Grand Cru Classe B/ Red / Bordeaux Blend
2003 Angelus
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International Wine Cellar | 92

($159-$175) Deep ruby-red. Very ripe yet fresh on the nose: cherry, raspberry, graphite, chocolate, minerals. Lush, velvety and sweet, with unusual vivacity for a 2003 from the right bank thanks to the 50% cabernet franc component. Really coats the mouth with flavors of black raspberry, currant and chocolate. Not yet hugely complex, but the wine's freshness, ripe tannins and superb persistence suggest that aging will bring greater nuance. Has the stuffing to buffer its chewy tannins. This was bottled in September of 2005.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 126

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Wine Advocate | 99

One of the great successes in St. Emilion in 2003, this wine has actually gotten better over the last eleven years. Pushing perfection, this blend of 57% Cabernet Franc (the highest ever at Angelus) and 43% Merlot boasts a dense purple color as well as a sublime set of aromatics, including forest floor, blue, red and black fruits, charcoal and hints of licorice and wood spice. Long, opulent, voluptuously textured and incredibly youthful and fresh, this full-bodied, tour de force in winemaking is an absolute legend in the making. It is an incredible accomplishment for a Right Bank 2003. Kudos to Hubert de Bouard for his vision as well as his perfectionist personality. This beauty should age for 5-10 more years.

Drink Dates: 2014-2024
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 214

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Wine Spectator | 94

Beautiful aromas of ripe blackberry and raspberry aromas follow through to a full-bodied palate, with silky tannins and a long, long finish. Layered and delicious. Gorgeous. 6,500 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2010+
Author: James Suckling


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Score: 91
Author: Thierry27
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 08/16/2013
I was disappointed with this bottle. Was expecting a more full bodied wine, lacked concentration to be great, still nice nose and aromas, fresh but not complex and powerful enough to get the expected wow effect from Angelus...
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Author: George C
Tasted On: 05/25/2011
Drink Dates:
needs more time, needed a lot of Oxygene
Score: 94
Author: gd10102
Trust Rating: 81
Tasted On: 09/30/2009
Score: 93
Author: JDF1960
Trust Rating: 87
Tasted On: 05/26/2009
Drink Dates: 2008-2023
Score: 95
Author: Brad Coelho
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 06/18/2008
Drink Dates: 04/01/2008
Site Blog: Unidentified Appellation Plenty of grilled herb, roasted fruits and dried flowers gave off a unique first appeal. While the wine offered a tad less immediate opulence, the fruit was lovely on entry (and faded a bit on the finish for me). A classic claret and unmistakable upside.
More Vintages and Sizes of Angelus:

2010 (750ml)
1994 (750ml)

About This Producer


Chateau Angelus is located just west of the town of St. Emilion and was promoted to Premier Grand Cru Classe status in 1996. Typical blends consist of Merlot and Cabernet Franc which are grown on Angelus's southerly-exposed vineyards. Chateau Angelus also produces a second wine called Carillon de l'Angelus.

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