2005 Château Angélus

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / SAINT-ÉMILION
  • 100 WA
  • 96 WS
  • 96 IWC
  • 90 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 52421-2005

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 96

    ($369-$500) Good red-ruby. Deep, sweet aromas and flavors of black raspberry, cassis, graphite and licorice. Wonderfully lush, silky and seamless, with a near-perfect balance of fruit and acidity. Very full in the middle palate but with terrific verve leavening the wine's total ripeness. This really coats the palate with flavor and the very long, slow-building finish features utterly sensual tannins. A great performance for this property.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2008
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 96

    Black purple in color, with coffee, blackberry and currant on the nose. Full-bodied, with supervelvety tannins and a long aftertaste of toasty oak and ripe fruit. Very close to the 2000. Superb. 7,000 cases made.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

    Magnum. 45% Cabernet Franc, 55% Merlot. Very fresh on the nose - quite a contrast to the 2009! A brooding monster. Much more introvert than any of the younger vintages. Lots of density and masses of stuff going on in there. Fine tannins on the end. Needs SO long! Hint of some cough mixture here, hint of green apples, and just masses of tannin.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Vinous | Rating: 97

    The 2005 Angelus is the most tannic and forbidding of the three wines in this last flight. Deep, massively concentrated and youthful, the 2005 is going to need at least a few more years in bottle to start drinking well. Even so, its pedigree and class are quite evident. Next to Pavie and Cheval Blanc, Angelus has broader shoulders, larger-grained tannins and more overt ripeness, while the Cabernet Franc is quite evident, especially when compared with the Cheval.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 100

    Truly great stuff, this wine performed at a three-digit level both in the horizontal tasting of 2005s in Baltimore, as well as in Montreal at this mini-vertical. This sensational, opaque, bluish/purple wine offers up notes of vanillin, spring flowers, blueberry and blackberry liqueur, plus a touch of licorice. The wine hits the palate with a thunderous cascade of ripe, rich, concentrated fruit. It is full-bodied, multidimensional and layered. The tannins are beautifully integrated but still present, and the wood, acidity, alcohol, etc., are all beautifully assimilated in this magnificent, majestic vintage of Angelus. It can be drunk now, but it is still an adolescent and that suggests it has at least another 25-35 years of longevity.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: saint
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Author: gd10102
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Drink Dates: 2018-2038
    Author: JDF1960
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Author: ChrisMus
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: Stephen G41
  • Self | Rating: 100

    A recent vertical tasting of this Chateau demonstrated just how fabulous the peaks of Angelus? performance can be in vintages like 89, 90, 98 and 00. I remember leaving that tasting w/ an impression that they would never make a wine that could rival the 00 in terms of richness, depth and sheer decadence. The 2005 just pulverized my theory in as leveling a fashion as any! Angelus is a staggeringly mammoth wine in 2005 that nearly overwhelms the senses with its volcanic layers of fruit, tenacity of attack and sheer hedonism. This is a pure femme fatale of a wine that is the dry red wine?s answer to drinking Sauternes w/ a bucket of foie gras. Wines like this remind me that it perfection is possible when unbridled pleasure is harnessed into equilibrium
    Drink Dates: 04-01-2008
    Author: Brad Coelho
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Purchased on release. Decanted, rebottled, and served 5 hours later. A slumbering bear better left to hibernate until 2015. Massive structure and frame undergirding a freight car loaded with chocolate cherry, smoky black currant, and tar. The alcohol is prominent in the nose, but the concentration and power is handled by a cooling reservoir of seemingly endless depth, as lava flowing into Lake Superior. Robed in midnight blue, this is long, this is tannic of high grade, and this is balanced. And to be clear..., not over-ripe or fat. Huge, dense flow -- that is the imagery. 96 may be an understatement.
    Drink Dates: 2016-2040
    Author: Miguel L
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Somewhat restrained nose but with definite cr?me de cassis and smoky oak. Super tight on the nose and palate, but with a massive underlying power and structure. Built for serious cellaring.
    Author: Daniel F397
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.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 2344 bottles owned
  • 298 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 298 collectors)