2001 Angelus 750ml

France - Bordeaux - St Emilion | Premier Grand Cru Classe B/ Red / Bordeaux Blend   |     Watch

WA 97   WS 92   IWC 91   JR 18   Collector 93
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 97

A real sleeper of the vintage, and somewhat underrated and under the radar after the greatness of 2000, the 2001 Angelus is on a faster evolutionary track than the 2000, but it is a plush, sexy, succulent style of Angelus with a dense plum/purple color, loads of chocolate, blueberry and blackberry fruit, telltale floral scents in the intense fragrance, and a lush, voluptuously textured and opulent mouthfeel. This wine seems to have entered its plateau of maturity, where it should stay for at least another 10-15 years. It is a major sleeper of the vintage.

Drink Dates: 2015-2030
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 220

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

Intense aromas of earth, spice and new wood with fruit. Full-bodied and chewy with plenty of fruit and vanilla. Rich and exciting. Long finish. Angélus is a consistent winner and did well here.

Drink Dates: 2006+
Author: James Suckling

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

($94-$110) Ruby-red. Very ripe, sweet aromas of redcurrant, roasted plum, truffle, smoke and game, lifted by a floral nuance. Lush, sweet and fat, with a seamless texture and lovely balance. Flavors of blackberry, raspberry, tobacco and chocolate. Finishes with rather suave, building tannins and excellent length.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 114

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Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

Magnum. 40% Cabernet Franc, 60% Merlot. Still looks very youthful. (Much more youthful than the 2000, for instance.) Already lots of warmth and spice and development on the nose. Unctuous texture again, so caressing. But no excess heat. The acidity is a tad obvious but this is pure pleasure. Very Angélus. Some lift and a lot of ripeness. Very persistent and caressing. A little leathery and sinewy. Complete with some sweetness.

Drink Dates: 2012-2028
Author: Jancis Robinson

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Author: grapist
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 06/20/2009

Author: Wang Chong
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 10/26/2009
less breath. drink without the wine open. pity

Rating: 93
Author: JDF1960
Trust Rating: 85
Tasted On: 05/26/2009
Drink Dates: 2007-2017

Rating: 92
Author: Daniel B
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 03/01/2004
Drink Dates: 2019-2030
Angelus usually consists of 50% Merlot, 47% Franc, and 3% Cabernet and receives 18 to 22 months in new oak. The 2001 is a deeply colored wine with a very tight nose that is still currently perfumed with plenty of plum, violet, and new oak. Very concentrated on the palate with very heavy tannins. The tannins are probably sufficiently balanced by the wine's concentration but they are still a concern (thus the question mark in the rating). Good length on the finish tasting primarily of coffee. Needs a lot of time but it really has incredible depth and power (especially considering the vintage). Will always be a stern wine due to its tannic structure.

Average rating: 93, based on 8 reviews
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857 bottles owned by 236 collectors.

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About This Producer

Chateau Angelus is located just west of the town of St. Emilion and was promoted to Premier Grand Cru Classe status in 1996. Typical blends consist of Merlot and Cabernet Franc which are grown on Angelus's southerly-exposed vineyards. Chateau Angelus also produces a second wine called Carillon de l'Angelus.

Wine Varietal: Bordeaux Blend

Six varieties are permitted to be used in a red Bordeaux blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and, less frequently, Carmenere. Each lends a specific characteristic to the finished blends, most of which are dominated by large percentages of either Cabernet Sauvignon, which brings aromatics and age-ability, or Merlot, which adds softness and body. In the Bordeaux region, Cabernet blends are found on the Left Bank and Merlot on the Right.

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