2002 Château Angélus

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / SAINT-ÉMILION
abv 13.5%
  • 91 WA
  • 91 WS
  • 90 IWC
  • 16 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 52421-2002

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

    ($70-$85) Full ruby-red. Slightly roasted aromas of black raspberry, cassis, smoked meat, truffle, leather and espresso. Sweet, plump and pliant, with a firm edge of acidity framing the currant, licorice and leather flavors. Fresher in the mouth than the full-blown nose would suggest; more dominated by its 58% cabernet franc component. Finishes with big, sweet tannins.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2005
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 91

    A successful offering for the vintage, the 2002 exhibits a deep ruby/purple/plum color as well as a sweet, forward style with black fruits intermixed with espresso roast, lavender, and Provencal herbs. Medium to full-bodied, lush, and round, with fine purity, ripeness, and surprising body and sweetness for a right bank 2002, it can be drunk now or cellared for 12-15 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

    Impressive dark color for the vintage, with lots of grapey vanilla with black licorice aromas. Full-bodied, with silky tannins. Wild finish. Tastes like cinnamon and cardamom. Angelus kicks. Well done. 4,830 cases made.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 15

    Notably dark crimson. Concentrated though not very subtle. Almost like a boiled blackcurrant sweet! Lots of concentration but not much nuance. Hard work. Lots of chew.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Drink Dates: 2005-2020
    Author: JDF1960
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

  • 131 bottles owned
  • 32 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 91
    (Out of 32 collectors)