Angelus - St. Emilion 2021 (Futures) (Pre-arrival) (750ml)

 Pre-arrival 
WA
94-96+
JA
95
JS
95-96
TWI
94-96
V
94-96

Price: $350.00

Producer Angelus
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Subregion St. Emilion
Varietal Bordeaux Blends
Vintage 2021
Sku 1005863
Size 750ml

James Suckling: 95-96 Points

Beautiful depth here with currants and blackberries as well as hints of fresh herbs and wet earth. Medium-to full-bodied layered and long with depth and beauty. Savory. Impressive for the vintage. Persistent.

The Wine Independent: 94-96 Points

Composed of 60% Cabernet Franc and 40% Merlot the 2021 Angelus is deep garnet-purple in color. Slightly closed to begin considerable coaxing reveals scents of redcurrant jelly black rasp

Vinous: 94-96 Points

For the first time ever Anglus is 60% Cabernet Franc and 40% Merlot in 2021. There's terrific density and power especially within the context of the year. Black cherry chocolate spice menthol and lavender all build nicely in the glass. The 2021 has quite a bit of richness and its 14% alcohol a bit lower than the recent norm works quite well in this vintage. All it needs is a bit of time to help soften some of the raw contours that are present today.

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Jane Anson: 95 Points

This is well textured plush raspberry and damson fruits a sleight of hand that turns the high acidities into mouth-watering juice with waves of graphite pencil lead saffron smoked caramel and cigar box. The highest amount of Cabernet Franc on record at Anglus largely because so much Merlot was lost to mildew. First full vintage where Benjamin Laforet is technical director working alongside Hubert de Bouard. It's serious takes its time to open far less exuberant than the past few vintages at Anglus but classy and with presence. They are labelling this Premier Grand Cru Class A despite withdrawing from the 2022 classification when the selection process was already underway and underlines why it's a loss to the ranking not to have Anglus within in. 23hl/h yield no chaptilisation on the 1st wine 100% new oak barrels + 30hl oak casks for the Cabernet Franc.

Wine Advocate: 94-96+ Points

A brilliant wine that signposts this estate's evolution under Stphanie de Board-Rivoal the 2021 Anglus is a blend of 60% Cabernet Franc and 40% Merlot with fully half of the old-vine Cabernet Franc maturing in foudres rather than 225-liter barriques. The result is a wine of unprecedented purity and finesse unwinding in the glass with compelling aromas of plums raspberries rose petals vine smoke blood orange and warm spices followed by a medium to full-bodied deep and layered palate with a rich and fleshy core that entirely conceals its structuring chassis of ultra-refined tannins. Bright and sapid it's striking for its integration and elegance at this early stage and I wouldn't be surprised to see it upstage a number of more touted vintages once it's in bottle.