This 7,500-case blend of 62% Merlot and 38% Cabernet Franc is one of the strongest wines of the vintage. A deep blue/purple hue is accompanied by classic aromas of smoky blueberries and blackberries as well as incense and floral notes in the background. A beautiful texture, opulence, flamboyance, and purity characterize this stunningly deep, full-bodied effort, another great success from proprietor Hubert de Bouard. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2022.
|Score: 95||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (171), June 2007|
One of the top wines of the vintage, the 2004 Angelus (a 7,500-case blend of 62% Merlot and 38% Cabernet Franc with a natural alcohol of 13.5%) is a classic, tannic, structured wine exhibiting a saturated dense purple color as well as a big, sweet nose of blackberries and blueberries intermixed with mocha, licorice, and new oak characteristics. Aged eight months sur-lies, this should be an extremely long-lived vintage for this cuvee. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2025.
|Score: 92/94||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (165), June 2006|
A blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc, all harvested between October 5 - 14, this is a wine of considerable precision, elegance, and purity. A deep purple color is accompanied by a vibrant, fragrant bouquet of blue and black fruits intertwined with flower, herb, and mineral scents. Medium-bodied and pure, with a charming texture, an undeniable mineral character to the fruit as well as a clean, long finish, it is not the most powerful wine proprietor Hubert de Bouard has made, but it is stylish, savory, and ageworthy. There are 7,500 cases of this beauty. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2020.
|Score: 92/94||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (158), April 2005|
Wonderful ripe fruit with plum, berry and hints of sweet tobacco. Full-bodied with a wonderful velvety texture. This has 40 percent Cabernet Franc and the rest Merlot. This is the same quality level as 2000 but less exotic in style. Almost 95-100
| ||James Suckling, Wine Spectator, April 2005|
|Score: 92/94||James Suckling, Wine Spectator (April 05), April 2005|
Savoury nose. Deep crimson. Round and rich and very sophisticated. Some polish. Well done! Perhaps just a bit too tarry…? But well put together. Drink 2012-2020.Date tasted 20th June 08.
|Score: 17-||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com (Jun 08), June 2008|
This wine with over 40 per cent Cabernet Franc was picked in various, unhurried stages between 30 sep and 15 oct. Amazingly deep purple. Good, sappy nose - really meaty. Savoury edge - almost like Italian wine with marked tannins. Very energetic and fresh. Brisk. Round but with lots of fine, sandy tannins. Cool. Hubert Boüard de Laforest claims this is one of the four or five best vintages he has ever made. Drink 2013-25
|Score: 17||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com (April 05), April 2005|