Chateau Angelus - St. Emilion 2020 (750ml)

 
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Price: $482.00

Producer Chateau Angelus
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Subregion St. Emilion
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Vintage 2020
Sku 1005881
Size 750ml

The Wine Independent: 100 Points

The 2020 Angelus is a blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc with the tiniest splash of Petit Verdot. It has a deep garnet-purple color and needs considerable swirling and patience to release a whole array of red and black fruit scents - kirsch raspberry coulis blackberry preserves and mulberries - followed by hints of violets molten licorice tar sassafras and black truffles. The medium to full-bodied palate is pure energy featuring a firm backbone of exquisitely ripe fine-grained tannins and compelling tension to support the very tightly knit layers finishing very long with a whole firework display of mineral and floral sparks.

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James Suckling: 99 Points

Blackberry and plum character with chocolate too. Oyster shell. Full and very firm with a linear sensibility. Tight and powerful. Very pure fruit. Tension and energy there. Polished tannins. Some coffee bean and chocolate. Give this at least five or six years. 60% merlot and 40% cabernet franc. Try after 2028.

Jeb Dunnuck: 98 Points

The flagship from this great estate the 2020 Château Angelus checks in as 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc that spent 22 months in new barrels. It?s darker and more concentrated compared to the 2019 offering beautiful medium to full-bodied aromas and flavors of redcurrants black raspberries sandalwood spring flowers and smoked tobacco. With just about flawless balance it's not the blockbuster style of a decade ago but it has gorgeous purity ultra-fine tannins a round seamless mouthfeel and a great great finish. It's very much in the classic balanced structured style of the vintage and a solid 7-8 years of bottle age are recommended. It will have 30+ years of prime drinking.

Decanter: 97 Points

A deep and rich nose but so pure clear and clean it smells beautiful. The aromas really shine in the glass too with a texture that is smooth and supple giving and generous. A powerful wine with excellent persistence from start to finish. Extremely youthful tense and focused into one sleek line and although you get ripe fruit ? black berries cassis with some gorgeous bitter orange peel nuances ? there?s so much minty freshness too. Concentration but no overt heaviness discreet power. I love the chalky milk chocolate nuances ? well built and complex with a clear backbone and long ageing potential. Brilliant winemaking on show.

Jane Anson: 97 Points

This is a vintage at Angélus that grips on from the first moment and expands through the palate inching open and building layers of concentrated and ripe autumnal fruits of fig and blackberry with crayon slate cocoa bean chocolate cake orange zest smoked caramel. The floral expression of the Cabernet Franc comes in with white pepper spice gorgeous depth of flavour. Plenty of Angélus exuberance if you give it time with fresh acidities that lift off towards the finish. There is a tiny slice of Petit Verdot in this wine bu

Wine Advocate: 97 Points

The 2020 Angélus has turned out superbly and underlines this estate's continuing shift to a more elegant integrated style that offers a purer expression of its terroir. A blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc it unwinds in the glass with aromas of cherries wild berries rose petals mint and subtle hints of licorice followed by a medium to full-bodied beautifully layered and vibrant palate that's deep precise and penetrating concluding with a mouthwateringly chalky finish. Some 120 hectoliters of Cabernet Franc amounting to around 20% of the blend were matured in foudre this year which no doubt helps to account for the significantly reduced oak impact in the 2020.