By Chateau Angelus
1982 Angelus from Chateau Angelus, Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux
The 1982 Angelus from Chateau Angelus sits imperiously amongst the elite vintages of Bordeaux, a beacon of refined craftsmanship and emblematic of the exceptional climatic conditions that graced Saint-Emilion in this illustrious year. Its creation is penned in the annals of history as one of those magical moments when nature conspires with human talent to forge a masterpiece.
Exceptional Pedigree: An Assertive Investment Choice
Elegance intertwined with robust vitality defines the 1982 Angelus: a vintage that not only endures but commands reverence in the fine wine investment market. The '82 season, marked by optimal weather and perfect harvest conditions, resulted in wines of profound structure, complexity, and ageability. Those with the foresight to invest early in this vintage have seen commendable maturity in their portfolios.
A Vintage Par Excellence
Bordeaux's 1982 vintage is hailed for its consistency and allure, and Chateau Angelus exemplifies these traits spectacularly. The wine expresses a harmonious symphony of ripe dark fruits accentuated by velvety tannins and an opulent mouthfeel. Layered beneath are hints of truffle, earth, and spice that have evolved gracefully over time. It resonates with the confidence only found in wines that have reached a full-bodied and distinguished complexity.
Such collectable vintages simultaneously present immense drinking pleasure and substantial investment value; As we appreciate its current nuance, we also acknowledge its further potential for sophistication with continued cellaring.
In conclusion, the unique character of the 1982 Angelus from Chateau Angelus makes it a standout choice for both connoisseurs and investors alike. One uncorks not only an exemplary bottle from one of Bordeaux's leading lights but also unlocks quintessential qualities that define an exceptional Saint-Emilion vintage. This is a compelling chapter in any discerning investor's collection.
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Scores and tasting notes
Tasted at Pebbles/Zachy's 1982 dinner in Hong Kong. The Angelus 1982 is mature in colour. The nose is rather enervated: dusty with sous-bois and tobacco aromas; the fruit having ebbed away at some point during the 1980s, let alone 1990s. The palate is light, a little hollow and fatigued, whilst there is some attenuation towards the finish. Another bottle served in Basel three weeks later was similar, although did show just a little improvement with aeration. Past its best. Tasted November 2012.
Neal Martin - Wine Journal Jan 2013
L'Angelus and its quality-oriented proprietor, Hubert de Bouard de la Forest, did not begin to turn things around until the mid-eighties. Good wines in 1985 and 1986 were followed by brilliant efforts in 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, and 1994. L'Angelus can now be counted on to produce one of the top four or five wines of the St.-Emilion appellation. That being said, readers should remember that in 1982 there was no selection process and a completely different wine-making style and philosophy were in place. The 1982, soft and ripe after bottling, has deteriorated quickly. It reveals considerable amber, orange, and rust colors, is diffuse and flabby, and while it still exhibits some sweet, jammy fruit, the wine exhibits an old, mushroomy, earthy note. It is clearly in decline and should be drunk immediately . Tasted 5 times after bottling with consistent tasting notes.
Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 22 December 1995