By Chateau Angelus
2015 Angelus from Chateau Angelus, Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux
The 2015 vintage holds a special place in the storied tapestry of Bordelais excellence, and the 2015 Angelus from Chateau Angelus stands as a testament to this splendid year.
A Vintage Defined by Poise and Precision
As one contemplates the virtues of investing in fine wines, the nuances of particular vintages become paramount. The 2015 season in Bordeaux was marked by a splendid summer and timely showers in June and July, setting the stage for superb grape ripening conditions. These climatic blessings are captured exquisitely in the 2015 Angelus, a wine that presents both a striking depth of flavour matched with an astoundingly precise tannin structure.
Investment-worthy Elegance: The 2015 Mastery
From an investor's perspective, it's no secret that Chateau Angelus produces wines of profound collectability. However, the 2015 rendition elevates this inherent potential. As it unfurls in the glass, investors will uncover layered complexity—a hallmark of cellar-worthy Saint-Emilion—with ever-evolving aromas of black cherry, truffle, and subtle oak nuances.
The palate is rewarded with a symphony of balance: powerful yet restrained black fruit core is intricately laced with hints of graphite and spice, all underpinned by velvety tannins that denote the vintage's exceptional character. It's seldom that we witness such harmony between vigour and elegance, but here we have it encapsulated elegantly in this vintage—rendering it a corner-stone asset for any sophisticated portfolio.
In conclusion, those who seek to diversify their fine wine investments will find the 2015 Angelus from Chateau Angelus to be a most compelling addition. Commanding attention with its poised intensity and gracefully aging potential, this wine is undeniably one of the shining beacons of its vintage—a mature investment for the discerning connoisseur seeking to capture the splendour of Bordeaux's magnificent 2015 symphony. An investment here is not merely in liquid art but also an appreciable asset poised for desirable maturation.
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Scores and tasting notes
This shows the purity of Angelus. I have never tasted a wine from here with such incredible clarity. Full body, full fruit and full beauty. Super silky tannins. A joy to taste. Makes you want to drink it. 62% merlot and 38% cabernet franc.
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2015 Angélus is a little closed to begin, soon blossoming into a wonderfully fragrant perfume of raspberry preserves, ripe black plums and chocolate-covered cherries with suggestions of Darjeeling tea, candied violets, spice cake and cinnamon stick with a touch of aniseed. Full-bodied, the palate is fabulously opulent, delivering mouth-coating black and red fruit layers with loads of floral sparkles and a seductively velvety texture, finishing with great length and tension.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate, 22 October 2020
Higher in alcohol than the 2014, but much more refined, this is a wine that’s made to last, showing plenty of oak and abundant fruit flavours supported by acidity and filigree tannins. Complex, spicy and aromatic, with lovely barrel integration and a poised, full-bodied finish. One of the best Angélus of recent years. Drink: 2022-35
Tim Atkin - timatkin.com
The 2015 Angelus is a blend of 62% Merlot and 38% Cabernet Franc, picked from 22 September finishing on 14 October. "We found a nice homogeneity with the Merlot lots," I was told when I visited. "The old Cabernet Franc was very nice, but the younger vines were blended into the second label. This year, it is especially the Merlot that lends a lot of harmony to the wine. This year, the Merlot have some of the qualities of the Cabernet Franc, the precision and freshness. They give the generosity and sweetness." The wine was aged in 100% new oak at 11 degrees Celsius so they could add less sulfur to keep the freshness of the aromas and maintain the elegance of the wine. It offers a complex array of aromas such as black cherry, camphor, oyster shells and Japanese nori, beautifully defined and very focused. The palate is medium-bodied but powerful with layer of svelte tannins and a keen thread of acidity; layers of black fruit laced with spices, baking powder, mint and white pepper. It feels long in the mouth, insistently clinging for a minute after the wine has departed. Oh là là. This is a sexy, but compelling Angelus, fit for "007" and wine-lovers everywhere.
Neal Martin - eRobertParker.com, #224, April 2016
62% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Franc. First year Stéphanie de Boüard was in charge with father Hubert at her side. Extremely dark purplish crimson. Light nose but masses of sweet concentration on the palate. Nothing exaggerated. Just rather drying tannins on the end at the moment. Like Carillon d'Angélus, it has a slight bitterness on the finish but has clearly been made with no shortage of ambition. For the long term.
Jancis Robinson - jancisrobinson.com