2019 Château Angélus: £1422 IB per sixMonday, June 8
Our tasting of Angélus this year was social distancing. Usually samples are poured at the Château in thimble-sized quantities. This year, three bottles arrived at our offices via the courier. Our distancing policy in the office involves working on two floors, so the tasting was held on the stairs, with the wines lined-up on the steps in a kind of 'échelle des crus'. This was the most sublime, elegant and refined Angelus we have tasted, continuing in the direction set last year by Stephanie de Bouard. Awarded 98-99 points by Suckling, he describes it as "an extremely refined and sharpened Angelus". At a 7% reduction on last year's price, we also expect our limited stock to sell very rapidly.
2019 Château Angelus, 1er Grand Cru Classé St.-Emilion
"The 2019 Angélus has a sophisticated bouquet with extraordinarily pure blackberry, raspberry, inkwell and crushed iris petals scents, like the Carillon but HD in terms of its clarity. The palate is beautifully defined on the entry, the Cabernet component steering it towards say, Figeac or Cheval Blanc stylistically. It already feels very harmonious, the satin-like texture is supported by real substance and grip on the finish, perhaps more density than some of its peers. This is an outstanding Angélus, one likely to surpass the 2016, a wine that will give 30-40 years of pleasure, maybe more. 96-98 points." Neal Martin, Vinous.com
"The grand vin 2019 Château Angelus, a blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc, is certainly up with the top wines in the vintage. (It actually reminds me a little of a more elegant version of the 2005.) Deep purple-hued, with a blockbuster bouquet of black cherries, blackberries, spice box, violets, spring flowers, and chocolate, it has a terrific sense of minerality, full-bodied richness, building tannins, and an incredible sense of elegance pair with power. A quintessential example of the style now emerging from this estate, it's going to need 5-7 years of bottle age to hit maturity (it won't disappoint in its youth either) and will evolve gracefully for 20-30 years. 96-99 Points." Jeb Dunnuck, June 2020
"The most refined Angélus I think I’ve ever tasted. Almost streamlined but with trademark colour, depth and imprint of tannin. Pure, fresh and fragrant with dark fruit and spice aromas. Smooth and saline on the palate with real line and length. Pure and precise with no exaggeration but a firmness of structure evident. One of the best from this estate. Drink 2028 – 2045. 18+ points" jancisrobinson.com (JL) “An extremely refined and sharpened Angelus with super fine tannins and sweet ripe fruit in the center palate. It’s full-bodied, yet tight and so very polished. Silky. Very subtle. Bright blue fruit, black fruit and stones. Supple and minerally. 98-99 Points." James Suckling
£1,422 IB per six bottles
Offered en primeur, ex-chateau, due to land in the UK in Spring 2022. Priced in bond, excluding UK duty, VAT and onward delivery, payable at the prevailing rate on release from bond. Stock subject to availability, E&OE.