By Chateau Angelus
2000 Angelus from Château Angelus, Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux
The turn of the millennium heralded a spectacular vintage for Bordeaux, and the 2000 Angelus from Château Angelus stands as a paragon of this revered year. Crossing the threshold into the estate's offerings is akin to delving into a vinous treasure trove where each bottle tells a tale of meticulous craftsmanship intertwined with the rhythms of nature.
Vintage Virtuosity: Crafting History
The year 2000 graced Saint-Emilion with near-perfect conditions; moderate rainfall was followed by a warm, sun-drenched summer and a splendid September, fostering an environment for impeccable ripening. This climatic serendipity is embodied in every sip of the 2000 Angelus, a vintage that captures the very essence of precision viticulture combined with judicious patience to allow for optimal expression.
Terrific Terroir, Timely Tradition
Swirling in the glass, the deep ruby-hued 2000 Angelus exudes an aromatic collage of ripe blackberry notes meshed with chocolate undertones and splashes of spicy oak — the hallmark of a truly concentrated and harmonious Bordeaux blend. On the palate, it unfolds layers upon layers: rich black fruits marry elegantly with polished tannins, carrying through to an enduring finish that echoes the robust yet refined structure.
This exceptional offering from Château Angelus serves both as an eloquent narrative of its storied terroir and as evidence of Bordeaux's timeless allure within wine investment circles. The expressive layers not only showcase the 2000 vintage's qualitative might but they also suggest immense potential for further evolution in the cellar.
For investors looking to broaden their portfolios with Bordeaux gems that encapsulate both the magic of millennia and millésime, the 2000 Angelus is, undoubtedly, one to secure. It resonates with an exquisite balance between power and elegance—a combination promising rewarding returns for decades to come.
Conclusion: A Millennium Marvel
In summing up this unique expression of time and place, it is clear that the 2000 Angelus represents a standout symphony among fine wines. As it graces palates today, it conveys majestic notes that were whispered into existence at the dawn of our current century. Within its depths lies an ever-evolving narrative that intertwines fruit, earth, and expertise—all pivotal verses in this vinous volume of history.
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Scores and tasting notes
Medium garnet-brick in color, the 2000 Angélus comes galloping out of the glass with a powerful nose of fragrant earth, damp soil, iron ore and cigar box over a core of prunes, blackberry jam and dried mulberries. Medium-bodied, the palate is elegantly styled with great freshness and loads of earth and mineral-inspired layers, framed by grainy tannins, finishing with a lingering menthol lift. It is in a sweet spot for drinking right now, although it should go on for another 15-20 years.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate, 22 October 2020
What can you say about Hubert de Bouard and Angelus? Each year they seem to turn out one great wine after another, and the 2000 showed its merit in two different tastings. A wine of great intensity, bluish/black, with a big, sweet kiss of graphite, crushed rocks, blueberry, spring floral garden and blackberry liqueur, unctuously textured as well as pure, dense, and stunningly rich, this full-bodied wine can be drunk now or cellared for another 25-30 years.
Robert Parker Jr - Wine Advocate #189 June 2010
Furnished with wonderful richness, this has notes of amazingly dark fruit and dark chocolate on the nose. Full-bodied and soft, this has a lovely velvety texture and a chocolate and coffee character. This is extensive and fresh, with hints of mint and spice on the finish. Don’t drink this for another five years, pull the cork in 2015.
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, May 1st 2012
Consistent notes to the bottle tasted last year with that enticing truffle and tar tinged bouquet and a harmonious, full-bodied, composed palate that suggests it will need just two or three years before it begins to enter its plateau of maturely. Very fine indeed. Tasted December 2012.
Neal Martin - Wine Journal Jul 2013