1990 Château Angélus

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / SAINT-ÉMILION
  • 99 WA
  • 93 WS
  • 90 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 52421-1990-750

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  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 99

    A blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc, this is clearly the greatest Angelus until the 2000, 2003 and then the perfect 2005. Beautiful, sweet plum, blackberry and blueberry fruit soar from the glass of this opaque, purple wine that still hasn't lost much in color. Deep, opulent, voluptuously textured, full-bodied and multidimensional, this is a stunner and just now approaching its plateau of full maturity, where it should stay for at least another 20 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

    Aromatic beauty. Dark ruby-red color. Enticing aromas of cinnamon, raspberry, plum, and cherry. Full-bodied, with wonderfully polished tannins and a long, fruity finish.--1990 Bordeaux retrospective. Drink now. 12,000 cases made.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

    Magnum. 50% Cabernet Franc, 50% Merlot. Very deep and with a rich, orange rim but great concentration. Still youthful and a return to Ang‚lus. Silky fresh with lovely sweetness and absolutely lovely now. Pure pleasure. Spice and sweetness and fragrance. Great balance and vibration. What a contrast with 1991! Long and reverberant and great balance. Rich tea-leaf aromas. Very sweet. Long.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Author: gd10102
  • Self | Rating: 88

    3.5 hours in decanter.
    Author: Wang Chong
  • Self | Rating:

    Bordeaux
    Author: Dave
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Classic. Licorice and crAme de cassis on the nose and palate. Balanced with sweet tannins and a medium finish. This is still a very young wine. Tasted in 375ml."
    Drink Dates: 2005-2020
    Author: Conrad K
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Consistent notes which have shown cont'd bottle development and now drinking at its apogee which should continue for several more years. Quite dark ruby/mahogany color w/slight amber edge; lovely nose of black fruit, vegetal (celery seed), olives, casis and earth notes; soft integrated tannins; rich & concentrated on the palate; a complex, elegant, well-balanced wine with relatively low acidity, and an intense long finish (benefited from decanting an hour in advance). Lovely, now fully mature but will hold. A great St. Emilion.
    Drink Dates: 2004-2020
    Author: Anthony D526
  • Self | Rating: 98

    so excellent, deep and concentrated, great nose of cab franc and merlot, complex
    Author: Louritt
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
Located in the southwest of France, Bordeaux is the single largest fine-wine-producing region in the world, with more than 15,000 growers spread over 57 appellations and more than 700 million bottles produced annually. The region boasts a two-thousand-year winemaking history and some of the wine world's most recognized and highly sought-after names. Red Bordeaux blends comprise eighty percent of production, but dry and sweet whites are also well-known. The region is divided into the Left and Right Banks (of the Dordogne River); Cabernet Sauvignon prevails in the former and Merlot in the latter.

White Bordeaux blends are most commonly composed of Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc, and come in a range of dry and sweet styles. Sémillon contributes body while Sauvignon Blanc adds high acidity, a characteristic that is particularly important in the sweet wines of Bordeaux.

Sauternes is one of the world’s most prestigious regions for sweet wine production, made possible by Sémillon’s affinity for noble rot. Wines from world-renowned Château d’Yquem are fermented and matured in new oak for up to three years and can age for decades in bottle. These wines display complex aromas of melon, honey, apricot, citrus peel, mango, and butterscotch and develop added complexity and aromas with age.

The best dry wines from this blend come from producers such as Château Haut-Brion, Château Pape Clément, and Domaine de Chevalier in Pessac-Léognan and Graves. These wines are typically fermented and matured in new oak and display a full-bodied richness with concentrated nutty flavors overlaying the fruit.

Due to its freshness and flavor profile, dry white Bordeaux blends pair well with almost any white food, including all types of fish, poultry, veal, and pork. The sweet wines of Bordeaux pair well with foie gras, oysters, blue cheese, spicy food (particularly Asian cuisines), any dish with sweet notes, and of course, dessert.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 1488 bottles owned
  • 240 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 240 collectors)