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2001 Château Angélus

  • 97 WA
  • 92 WS
  • 91 IWC
  • 90 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 52421-2001

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

    ($94-$110) Ruby-red. Very ripe, sweet aromas of redcurrant, roasted plum, truffle, smoke and game, lifted by a floral nuance. Lush, sweet and fat, with a seamless texture and lovely balance. Flavors of blackberry, raspberry, tobacco and chocolate. Finishes with rather suave, building tannins and excellent length.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2004
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 97

    A real sleeper of the vintage, and somewhat underrated and under the radar after the greatness of 2000, the 2001 Angelus is on a faster evolutionary track than the 2000, but it is a plush, sexy, succulent style of Angelus with a dense plum/purple color, loads of chocolate, blueberry and blackberry fruit, telltale floral scents in the intense fragrance, and a lush, voluptuously textured and opulent mouthfeel. This wine seems to have entered its plateau of maturity, where it should stay for at least another 10-15 years. It is a major sleeper of the vintage.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

    Intense aromas of earth, spice and new wood with fruit. Full-bodied and chewy with plenty of fruit and vanilla. Rich and exciting. Long finish. Ang‚lus is a consistent winner and did well here.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

    Magnum. 40% Cabernet Franc, 60% Merlot. Still looks very youthful. (Much more youthful than the 2000, for instance.) Already lots of warmth and spice and development on the nose. Unctuous texture again, so caressing. But no excess heat. The acidity is a tad obvious but this is pure pleasure. Very Ang‚lus. Some lift and a lot of ripeness. Very persistent and caressing. A little leathery and sinewy. Complete with some sweetness.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Self | Rating:

    Author: grapist
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Drink Dates: 2007-2017
    Author: JDF1960
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Angelus usually consists of 50% Merlot, 47% Franc, and 3% Cabernet and receives 18 to 22 months in new oak. The 2001 is a deeply colored wine with a very tight nose that is still currently perfumed with plenty of plum, violet, and new oak. Very concentrated on the palate with very heavy tannins. The tannins are probably sufficiently balanced by the wine's concentration but they are still a concern (thus the question mark in the rating). Good length on the finish tasting primarily of coffee. Needs a lot of time but it really has incredible depth and power (especially considering the vintage). Will always be a stern wine due to its tannic structure.
    Drink Dates: 2019-2030
    Author: Daniel B
  • Self | Rating:

    less breath. drink without the wine open. pity
    Author: Wang Chong
  • Self | Rating: 90

    still holding up well, but really nothing special.
    Author: Phil the Greek
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

  • 459 bottles owned
  • 90 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 92
    (Out of 90 collectors)