2000 Angelus

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / SAINT-EMILION
  • 99 WA
  • 97 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • 85 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 52421-2000-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    ($170-$245) Impressive saturated ruby. Black fruits, shoe polish, licorice, truffle, leather and a hint of game on the nose; at once superripe and fresh. Fat, sweet and deep, but retains lovely inner-mouth aromatic character and precision of flavor for such a rich wine, thanks to sound acidity. Effortlessly carries its 14% alcohol. This builds impressively on the back end, finishing with strong but lush tannins (the index of polyphenols was 92!) and powerful fruit. This wine was racked a total of three times.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2003
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 99

    Approaching perfection, this wine is inky, bluish/purple-colored to the rim, offering up notes of incense, blueberry and blackberry liqueur, licorice, graphite and spring flowers. A touch of roasted espresso bean is also present. The wine has great concentration, a magnificent, full-bodied mouthfeel, stunning purity, and well-integrated acidity, tannin, alcohol and wood. This beauty seems to be in mid-adolescence with at least 25-30 years of life ahead.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    Magnum. 50% Cabernet Franc, 50% Merlot. Very deep crimson but with some development at the rim (much more so than the 2001). Slightly burnt, tarry notes on the nose. Sweet start, much less freshness than the 2001. Tastes as though it were picked later. A very luscious wine with some strong green streaks.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Rating: 97

    Out of this world. Incredible aromas of crushed blackberries and cherries, with wet earth, mineral and mint. Full-bodied, with fantastically refined, silky tannins and a long, long finish. Terrific. Greatest Angelus I have ever tasted. 7,080 cases made.
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Author: gd10102
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Drink Dates: 2008-2030
    Author: JDF1960
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: kyball
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Author: Dpcisneros
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Author: fabioota
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Drink Dates: 2013
    Author: bloke
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Dark ruby, medium to full body, raspberry ganache, black fruits, and a hint of sweet oak and spice on the medium long finish. Excellent, but will be better in 5 to 10 years.
    Drink Dates: 2012-2030
    Author: clover
  • Self | Rating:

    Great!
    Author: winecellar
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Since the mid eighties, this winery has been a consistent very high-level performer. I have always been pleased that I was lucky enough to purchase a case each of the 88, 89, and 90 on futures. The 2000 more than maintains this chateau?s reputation but I do not believe it is the equivalent of their efforts in 89, 90, and 95 and is only slightly better than the 1998. Very thick dark red black color with thick heavily pigmented legs. Strong aromas of pine, new oak, dark fruits, mint, and spice. Nice crisp apple-y acidity with heavy tannins on the palate. Despite the magnitude of the acid and tannins, the wine remains in balance. A keeper with plenty of potential. This wine needs time.
    Drink Dates: 2012-2025
    Author: Daniel B
  • Anonymous | Rating: 97

    Spice on the nose and spice in the long finnish with a hint of eucalyptus. Still a bit young and needs some time in the cellar and/or some time in the decanter. I let this one breath for about 3 - 4 hours and wish I could have given it a bit more time.
    Author: Injun
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

  • 2656 bottles owned
  • 363 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 96
    (Out of 363 collectors)