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2013 Angelus

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2013 Angelus from Chateau Angelus, Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux

Each vintage carries its own signature, shaping the narrative of a wine’s journey through the careful ministration of nature and vintner. The challenging climatic conditions of 2013 in Bordeaux have been etched into the essence of the 2013 Angelus from Chateau Angelus.


The Voice of the Vintage

The year bore witness to a volatile spring followed by a summer reluctant to reveal its typical, sun-kissed benevolence. Yet, Chateau Angelus, widely regarded for their finesse in the art of vineyard management and winemaking excellence, navigated these trials with a seasoned hand. The 2013 Angelus reveals how skilful viticulture paired with prudent selection can culminate in a wine that is compellingly reflective of its harvest.


Diligence in Every Drop

This particular expression from Saint-Emilion is a testament to diligence. It presents intriguing facets rarely gleaned in more clement years. The pluckiness of the predominantly Merlot blend, with its dash of Cabernet Franc, asserts itself through a structured palate coated with an invigorating freshness and depth that alludes to its storied terroir.

Tasting notes reveal a surprisingly lively fruit core, adorned with nuanced layers of dark cherry and plum. Earthy undertones whisper tales of the unique limestone and clay soils—the very foundation of Saint-Emilion's lofty reputation. The 2013 Angelus navigates through complexities with grace; it showcases soft tannins and reaches a finish that lingers with purposeful persistence.

While perceptive investors might regard such challenging vintages cautiously, the 2013 Angelus merits attention for its articulate representation of Saint-Emilion's resilience. It is a vintage that speaks volumes on the adaptability of Chateau Angelus, envisaging an offering worth contemplation for diversifying fine wine portfolios.


Refined for Reflection

In sum, the 2013 Angelus from Chateau Angelus honors its birth year with an eloquent voice. Seasoned investors understand that behind every shadow cast by lesser years hide the contours of unsung exemplars. Here lies a sterling embodiment from an undervalued vintage—ripe to reward those who look beyond prevailing narratives to uncover latent potential in their wine investment ventures.

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On the other hand, the opaque purple-colored 2013 Angelus, a brilliant blend of equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Franc harvested between September 9 and October 3 (only 60% of the production was utilized), possesses good acidity as well as pure blueberry, mulberry and black currant fruit intermixed with notions of licorice, Christmas fruitcake, underbrush and forest floor. With medium body and more texture than is found in most 2013s, it should drink well for 8-10 years. This vineyard is meticulously manicured and the wine is brilliantly made by Hubert de Bouard.

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 27 August 2014

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