2005 Angelus 750ml

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

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 98

This 7,000 case blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc will rival or perhaps eclipse vintages such as 2000, 1998, 1990, and 1989. Its dense purple color is followed by an extraordinary perfume of charcoal, espresso roast, blackberries, blueberries, and a hint of wood. In spite of its thick texture, terrific acidity, high tannins, and enormous intensity as well as richness, it is surprisingly approachable, but given how slowly the 1989 and 1990 have aged, I would recommend cellaring it for 8-10 years. It should keep for three decades. A brilliant wine!

Drink Dates: 2018-2038
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 176

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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: Issue 138

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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.

Drink Dates: 2018+
Author: James Suckling


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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.

Drink Dates: 2020-2040
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 98
Author: JDF1960
Trust Rating: 85
Tasted On: 05/26/2009
Drink Dates: 2018-2038

Rating: 96
Author: Miguel L
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 06/20/2009
Drink Dates: 2016-2040
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.

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Rating: 96
Author: gd10102
Trust Rating: 80
Tasted On: 09/30/2009

Rating: 95
Author: Stephen G41
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 04/26/2015
Excellent Bordeaux, lovely flavour profile, good weight.

Rating: 90
Author: ChrisMus
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 01/07/2013

Average rating: 95, based on 9 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

3207 bottles owned by 517 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.

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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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