2003 Château Angélus

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / SAINT-ÉMILION
  • 98 WA
  • 94 WS
  • 92 IWC
  • 80 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 52421-2003

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    ($159-$175) Deep ruby-red. Very ripe yet fresh on the nose: cherry, raspberry, graphite, chocolate, minerals. Lush, velvety and sweet, with unusual vivacity for a 2003 from the right bank thanks to the 50% cabernet franc component. Really coats the mouth with flavors of black raspberry, currant and chocolate. Not yet hugely complex, but the wine's freshness, ripe tannins and superb persistence suggest that aging will bring greater nuance. Has the stuffing to buffer its chewy tannins. This was bottled in September of 2005.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2006
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

    Beautiful aromas of ripe blackberry and raspberry aromas follow through to a full-bodied palate, with silky tannins and a long, long finish. Layered and delicious. Gorgeous. 6,500 cases made.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 98

    I had this wine from my cellar, as well as at a tasting in Zurich in February of 2015. It is one of the handful of 2003s I bought from the Right Bank of Bordeaux in this vintage. Angelus really nailed the vintage, and has produced a fully mature wine that's truly strutting its stuff. Dense, bluish/purple, it offers gorgeous notes of espresso roast, blackberry and blueberry liqueur, acacia flowers and a touch of chocolate. It is full-bodied, opulent and seems close to full maturity, as it is evolving quickly. The wine is full-bodied, rich and should be drunk over the next decade.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16

    Magnum. 57% Cabernet Franc, 43% Merlot. He thought the Merlot was a bit heavy and overripe and declassified some of it to have this proportion. Paler than most, especially at the rim. Sweet and rather formless on the nose. Very much an exception from the style of the younger vintages. Just a hint of raisins and very drying tannins. Not the intensity of fruit on the mid palate - a bit of a hole there. There is some freshness, presumably thanks to the Cabernet Franc, but it fades awfully fast. Less vitality than most vintages.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: gd10102
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Drink Dates: 2008-2023
    Author: JDF1960
  • Self | Rating: 91

    I was disappointed with this bottle. Was expecting a more full bodied wine, lacked concentration to be great, still nice nose and aromas, fresh but not complex and powerful enough to get the expected wow effect from Angelus...
    Author: Thierry27
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Plenty of grilled herb, roasted fruits and dried flowers gave off a unique first appeal. While the wine offered a tad less immediate opulence, the fruit was lovely on entry (and faded a bit on the finish for me). A classic claret and unmistakable upside.
    Drink Dates: 04-01-2008
    Author: Brad Coelho
  • Self | Rating: 99

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    Author: Budzo
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

  • 3660 bottles owned
  • 226 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 226 collectors)