1989 Angelus

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / SAINT-EMILION
abv 13.5%
  • 94 WA
  • 94 WS
  • 93 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 52421-1989-750-3A
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

    A young, very modern and sleek '89. Inky color. Wonderful aromas of spices, blackberries, cinnamon and vanilla. Full-bodied, with loads of silky tannins and a long, berry-cherry aftertaste. Just how I remember it.--1989 Bordeaux horizontal.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

    Magnum. Dropped the l' on the label. 50% Cabernet Franc, 50% Merlot. Aromatic, quite rich and a little raisiny. Sweet and fluid. Pretty. Long and rather floral and perfumed. Dense.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

    Possibly not showing as well as a bottle I had recently from my own cellar, this particular offering, which was about 50% Cabernet Franc and the rest Merlot, has a dark plum/purple color, but is still quite youthful. A beautiful sweet blueberry and blackberry-scented nose of olive, licorice and cedar wood is followed by a full-bodied and opulent wine, with hints of espresso roast and chocolate as well. It seemed to gain a lot in the glass, but the astringent tannins in the finish still seem a bit awkward and distracting. I think bottles I've had have generally shown better, although this is certainly an exceptional wine. It has just suffered somewhat in comparison with several of the other vintages. Drink now to 2030.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Author: gd10102
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: laser
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Thomas R831
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Huge wine, initially very tight, but developed and opened up after 15-20 minutes of decanting. Went from a dark purple to a tinge of brown. Faint hints of plum. Amazing wine that could age at least another 15 years or more.
    Drink Dates: 2009-2025
    Author: Will M.
Dating back to 1544 in St.-Emilion, The Bouard Family have been the proprietors Chateau Angelus. In latter years, Hubert de Bouard single-handedly elevated the quality to what has since been a remarkable succession of great wines. Radical viticulture is the name of the game at Angelus, and it consistently works in their favor. Everything from crop-thinning and shoot-positioning to immensely labor-intensive manual destemming.

The Chateau's style results from the combination of their radical viticultural techniques, bold decisions on vine varieties and an outstanding terroir. Their focus on the vineyard location, soil temp, and slope is some of the most meticulous of any Chateau on the Right Bank. This shows through in their wines which offer up some of the most lush, dense and elegant textures coupled with a purity of truly incomparable freshness.

The vineyard at Angelus grows at the foot of a natural amphitheater on a south-facing slope of Saint-Emilion - where the summer temperatures are concentrated and where growth starts earlier. Thus, at the bottom of the slope the soil is naturally drained of excess moisture and the 8- to 20% proportion of clay makes these areas of land warm and early. In addition, the vine varieties are distributed according to the soil types: Merlot on the hill, where there is more clay and Cabernet Franc on the sandy clay-limestone soils at the foot of the hill.

Both a second and third wine are made, due to the severe selection process at the Chateau - 'All of this resulted in the 2012 Angelus being upgraded, along with Pavie, to Premier Grand Cru Classe A, joining Cheval Blanc and Ausone as one of only four estates in St.-Emilion to receive this accolade.' - Robert Parker

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 1094 bottles owned
  • 195 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 96
    (Out of 195 collectors)