The 2015 Angelus is a blend of 62% Merlot and 38% Cabernet Franc, picked from 22 September finishing on 14 October. "We found a nice homogeneity with the Merlot lots," I was told when I visited. "The old Cabernet Franc was very nice, but the younger vines were blended into the second label. This year, it is especially the Merlot that lends a lot of harmony to the wine. This year, the Merlot have some of the qualities of the Cabernet Franc, the precision and freshness. They give the generosity and sweetness." The wine was aged in 100% new oak at 11 degrees Celsius so they could add less sulfur to keep the freshness of the aromas and maintain the elegance of the wine. It offers a complex array of aromas such as black cherry, camphor, oyster shells and Japanese nori, beautifully defined and very focused. The palate is medium-bodied but powerful with layer of svelte tannins and a keen thread of acidity; layers of black fruit laced with spices, baking powder, mint and white pepper. It feels long in the mouth, insistently clinging for a minute after the wine has departed. Oh là là. This is a sexy, but compelling Angelus, fit for "007" and wine-lovers everywhere. Drink: 2025 - 2060
|Score: 95/97||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (224), April 2016|
A great wine with superb concentration and richness. yet it's ever so agile and polished. Spices, blueberries, cinnamon and dried flowers. Full body and polished and full tannins. Great length. The refinement to the tannins is amazing. Compacted. Essence-like. Needs five or six years to open. Try in 2025.
|Score: 99||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2018|
This shows the purity of Angelus. I have never tasted a wine from here with such incredible clarity. Full body, full fruit and full beauty. Super silky tannins. A joy to taste. Makes you want to drink it. 62% merlot and 38% cabernet franc.
|Score: 99/100||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2016|
In 2015, Angélus is 62% Merlot and 38% Cabernet Franc. It is also one of the most powerful, vertical wines of the vintage. A rush of sweet floral and spice notes appear first, before waves of intense, inky/purplish fruit take hold of all the senses. The tannins need time to soften, probably quite a bit of time, but there is no denying the wine's sheer beauty. I came back to the 2015 several hours later and found a wine that had blossomed beautifully with air. The 2015 will be magnificent once the tannins soften. Readers will have to be patient, as that is likely to take a decade-plus to happen.
|Score: 94/96||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2016|
Power and depth on the nose the palate has black fruits cassis and black cherry backed by dark chocolate. Velvety smooth supple the tannins are fine the ripe fruit giving a sumptuous richness and although sweet and ripe at the back the finish is streamlined spicy and mineral. 2024-40
|Score: 95/97||Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2016|
Higher in alcohol than the 2014, but much more refined, this is a wine that’s made to last, showing plenty of oak and abundant fruit flavours supported by acidity and filigree tannins. Complex, spicy and aromatic, with lovely barrel integration and a poised, full-bodied finish. One of the best Angélus of recent years. Drink: 2022-35
|Score: 96||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2016|
A total blockbuster is the 2015 Angelus and it’s reminiscent of a slightly more elegant 2009. Made from 62% Merlot and 38% Cabernet Franc brought up in new barrels, this rich, opulent beauty boast killer notes of blackcurrants, blackberry liqueur, truffle, chocolate and scorched earth. With full-bodied richness, building, ripe tannin and a stacked profile on the palate, this hedonistic Bomb of a wine from Hubert de Boüard needs 4-5 years of cellaring and will keep for three decades or more. 2022 - 2052
|Score: 97+||Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, November 2017|
Extremely dark purplish crimson. Light nose but masses of sweet concentration on the palate. Nothing exaggerated. Just rather drying tannins on the end at the moment. Like Carillon d'Angélus, it has a slight bitterness on the finish but has clearly been made with no shortage of ambition. For the long term.
|Score: 17.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2016|
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 but in 2015 the blend is 62% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Franc. Deep purple colour, with an inky viscosity. Aromatic and spicy on the nose with black cherry, blackberry and clove. Intense vanilla and cedar notes lift a ripe and intense nose. The palate is powerful, dense and concentrated with kirsch, cassis and menthol framed by mouthcoating, firm tannins. This is a full bodied style with superb complexity and length. Despite the underlying power and spicy oak there is a lifted freshness to retain a mineral edge to further elevate this impressive Angelus.
|Score: 18||Farr Vintners, March 2016|
Very deep and very dark, this wine seems to flirt with danger but it confidently manages to avoid any mishaps. The oak,
alcohol and power are all impressive and the balance is true in spite of the dimensions. This is a very skilful balancing act
eliciting vinous oohs and aahs from my palate. It would be a shame to drink this any earlier than 2035 such is the potential
majesty here - it just has to lose a lot of tannin and excessive dry oak notes before you wield your corkscrew.
|Score: 18.5+||Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2016|