2004 Château Angélus

  • 95 WA
  • 91 WS
  • 91 IWC
  • 85 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 52421-2004

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

    ($86-$125) Deep ruby. Wild aromas of plum, redcurrant, game, underbrush and flowers; hints of liqueur-like superripeness. Supple and suave but also rich and large-scaled; seriously concentrated and deep for the vintage but less sweet than the 2005. This boasts lovely texture and broad, ripe tannins but I find more intensity and incipient complexity-not to mention purity and lift-in the young 2006.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2007
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

    Dark ruby in color, with coffee bean, meat and berry aromas. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a medium finish. I love the texture. Balanced and stylish.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    Magnum. 40% Cabernet Franc, 60% Merlot. Deep crimson with some evolution at the rim. Light and refreshing on the nose. Quite developed and with lovely satiny texture. Quite a bit of tannin and even a little bit of sandpaper on the finish. A tad inky on the finish but a very bracing wine. Vital.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    This 7,500-case blend of 62% Merlot and 38% Cabernet Franc is one of the strongest wines of the vintage. A deep blue/purple hue is accompanied by classic aromas of smoky blueberries and blackberries as well as incense and floral notes in the background. A beautiful texture, opulence, flamboyance, and purity characterize this stunningly deep, full-bodied effort, another great success from proprietor Hubert de Bouard.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Author: gd10102
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: riffmaker
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: WineJunkie
  • Self | Rating:

    Barnyard aromas (chicken poo); sour hay; brett; not impressive at this stage; a big surprise to me. I wonder if something was wrong with our bottle or my glass?!
    Author: dwilson
  • Self | Rating: 16.5

    Deep ruby purple colour. Deep nose with hint of spice and dark fruits. Very elegant. Nice balance of acidity and tannin. Good complexity at the 2nd layer of palate. Nice fine red fruits, subtle but interesting at the back. Medium long aftertaste.
    Drink Dates: 2012-2030
    Author: derekastoria
  • Self | Rating: 94

    This is certainly one of my favorite estates, and this vintage represents a great buying opportunity. The wine is broodingly backward, full of massively fat black fruits, graphite and cold steel. A heaping load of extraction w/ amazing persistence, this is probably one of the most unevolved L?Angelus? I've ever tasted. Patience is a must. 2014-2034
    Drink Dates: 04-01-2008
    Author: Brad Coelho
  • Self | Rating: 94

    WOW! Huge bordeaux nose - could smell it the second it was uncorked. Big manure funk followed by a musty fruity undertone. Explodes on the tongue - sharply acidic (was young after all) but mellows quickly. Long finish.
    Drink Dates: 2013-2020
    Author: Rmann
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

  • 786 bottles owned
  • 131 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 92
    (Out of 131 collectors)