2008 Château Angélus

  • 93 WA
  • 91 WS
  • 92 IWC
  • 88 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 52421-2008

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  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

    A ripe, flashy style, with alluring espresso and cocoa aromas giving way to layers of plum sauce, fig and prune. Dark and fleshy through the creamy-textured finish, with a flash of minerality checking in.
    Author: James Molesworth
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

    A strong effort in this under-appreciated vintage that sold for a song, the 2008 Angelus is still young and vibrant, with a dense purple color and a sweet kiss of chocolate-infused blackberries and blackcurrants. There are some floral notes, as well as forest floor and lead pencil nuances. Medium to full-bodied with ripe tannin and outstanding equilibrium and purity, this is another beauty from a much more challenging vintage. Drink now through 2030.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    Bright red-ruby. Plum, cedar shavings and sexy chocolatey oak on the nose. Lush and seamless in the mouth, with a restrained sweetness to the flavors of plum, smoke, licorice and mint. Conveys a delightlfully weightless quality. Lovely elegant, balanced 2008, with nothing excessive about it. The cabernet franc contributes perfume and definition.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: July/August 2011
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    Magnum. 62% Cabernet Franc, 38% Merlot. Real freshness on the nose, and already a little bit of development. Luscious - where lusciousness meets vegetation, in the most delightful way. Great sumptuous texture. Tannins nicely hidden though they are certainly present. Appetising finish. Very precise. This is very pure Ang‚lus. Perhaps not the most concentrated wine but beautifully balanced.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
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  • 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

    • 177 bottles owned
    • 20 collectors