Angelus 2014

SubregionSt Emilion

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Tasting Notes

Wow. This is really decadent and fascinating with forest flowers, chocolate, tea and currants on the nose, which follows through to a firm and silky palate with lots of fruit and balance. Very long and beautiful. Citrusy undertones. Needs five or six years of bottle age to show it all.

Score: 96James Suckling,, February 2017

The 2014 Angélus is now really beginning to blossom. It has an outstanding bouquet with plush but delineated black cherry and cassis fruit, crushed violet and just a hint of pencil lead. There is wonderful focus here. The palate is medium-bodied with tightly knit black fruit, graphite and spice. There is weight and presence, but it is effortlessly counterbalanced by the freshness and acidity, whilst the finish if extraordinarily long. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. 2022 - 2055

Score: 96Neal Martin,, March 2018

The Château Angelus 2014, a blend of 50% Cabernet Franc and 50% Merlot was picked between 2 and 22 October over a 3-week period. It has a surprisingly bashful nose at first, not one that comes racing out of the blocks to greet you. But there is plenty of fruit here, beautifully defined, a little more introverted than usual possibly due to the higher percentage of Cabernet Franc. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, linear in style with a saline note complementing that lattice of black fruit. It gently builds towards the spicy, slightly compact finish but never fully let’s go, the Cabernet Franc lending a slight savory edge on the aftertaste. This will probably need three of four years in bottle as this is slightly harder compared to recent vintages with more backbone. Yet it still constitutes an admirable Saint Emilion even if it does not ignite the same pyrotechnics as say, Pavie or Ausone. Drink: 2020 - 2040

Score: 91/93Neal Martin, (218), April 2015

Medium to deep garnet in color, the 2014 Angélus needs a fair bit of coaxing to begin to reveal very pretty aromas of lilacs, kirsch, redcurrant jelly and Black Forest cake plus nuances of graphite and menthol. The palate is delicately intense with soft spoken floral and earth notes complimenting the black fruits, supported by ripe, rounded tannins and oodles of freshness, finishing long with compelling restraint. Sporting a good amount of tertiary nuances, it can be enjoyed right now, but make sure to decant it a good 1.5 to two hours prior to drinking. 2020 - 2045

Score: 94+Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (October 20), October 2020

This is dense and compacted with pretty fruits, ultra fine tannins and a pure and intense finish. The excellent quality of the cabernet franc really shows here. Lightly salty with citrusy acidity. Chalky undertone. Half cabernet franc and half merlot. So about 10% more franc than normal.

Score: 93/94James Suckling,, March 2015

The 2014 Angélus is a dark, powerful wine. Black cherry, violet, chocolate, leather, torrefaction and cloves are some of the many aromas and flavors that give the wine its dense, heavily extracted feel. There is no shortage of intensity today, but the real question is whether there will still be enough fruit once the tannins soften. That said, the 2014 opens up nicely with time, so I am cautiously optimistic.

Score: 94Antonio Galloni,, February 2017

Tasted blind. Mellow, gentle, sweet, milk-chocolate notes. Easy to like with a bit of heat on the end. But it too lacks real persistence. Bit of char and lots of sweetness and spice.
Drink 2023-2040

Score: 17.5Jancis Robinson MW,, February 2018

50% Merlot, 50% Cabernet Franc, picked 2-22 October.
Very dark crimson. Not very expressive on the nose though there seems to be great density underneath. And then almost painful concentration. Verging towards Pavie, tar stew with lots of acidity. It may evolve into something lovely but for the moment it's very hard work. Very dry end. Masses of effort has been put into this but it is not user-friendly at present. 13.6%
Drink 2025-2040

Score: 16.5+Jancis Robinson MW,, April 2015

Since the mid 1980's, Angélus, under the dynamic leadership of Hubert de Bouard, has been one of the superstars of Saint Emilion, producing modern-style, deep, concentrated and ripe wines full of richness and fruit. In 2012 Angelus (along with Pavie) joined Ausone and Cheval Blanc in achieving first growth status. A fitting achievement for the hard work and consistent results here recently. The vineyard is planted 50:50 Cabernet Franc and Merlot. The blend is 50% Merlot and 50% Cabernet Franc in 2014, with a yield of 39hl/ha. The wine has a very deep purple colour. The nose is rich and powerful with black cherry fruit, toast and liquorce. Warm and full bodied, very concentrated for the vintage. A modern style with impressive depth and richness without being overdone. Lots of high char wood adding a cedary spiciness. Robust and muscular with a long finish. Impressive.

Score: 17+Farr Vintners, March 2015

This has a dense, muscular core of warm blackberry, black currant and fig paste flavors, shrouded under a cloak of tobacco and loam. Not shy on toast and balanced by a hefty ganache edge, this isn't heady at all, just a terrific expression of the muscular, loamy style. Best from 2026 through 2040. 8,335 cases made.

Score: 95James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, February 2017

There is a black fruited power on the nose and a brooding depth on the palate. Under the black cherry and liquorice richness red fruits refresh real balance. Sweet and ripe at the back the finish is though lighter and fresher a lovely length of flavour. 2022-37

Score: 90/93Derek Smedley MW, April 2015

Deeply coloured and substantially oaked, the 2014 Angélus flirts with faintly cakey, over-ripe notes, but gets away with it. It's a big, bold, quite extrated wine with plenty of sweetness and texture and smooth, fine-grained tannins. Impressive stuff from Hubert de Bouärd and his team.

Score: 95Tim Atkin MW,, April 2015

Score: 95Decanter Magazine, April 2015

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