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2003 Angelus 750ml
2003 Angelus
France - Bordeaux - St Emilion / Premier Grand Cru Classe B
Red / Bordeaux Blend
2003 Angelus
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Professional Reviews

IWC
92

International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 126

($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.

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WA
93

Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 164

Kudos to proprietor Hubert Bouard, who has been making brilliant wines at this estate since the mid- to late-1980s. A blend of 58% Cabernet Franc and 42% Merlot, the beautiful 2003 (14% alcohol; 6,500 cases produced) is somewhat tightly knit, but it reveals a perfumed nose of rose petals, blackberries, menthol, and cedar. This broad, sweet 2003's supple attack is followed by a tannic mid-section. The wine does not appear to be as dense or structured as the 2004. Given the high percentage of Cabernet Franc, it is likely to put on considerable weight in the bottle. This beauty is slightly different not only because of the torrid vintage conditions, but also because it incorporates the highest percentage of Cabernet Franc ever utilized at Angelus.

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WS
94

Wine Spectator Author: James Suckling

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.

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Community Reviews

91

Thierry27 Trust Rating: 98 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...

George C Tasted On: 05/25/2011 Drink Dates:

needs more time, needed a lot of Oxygene

94

gd10102 Trust Rating: 81 Tasted On: 09/30/2009

93

JDF1960 Trust Rating: 87 Tasted On: 05/26/2009 Drink Dates: 2008-2023

95

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.

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