By Chateau Angelus
The 2016 Angelus from Chateau Angelus, Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux
The lineage of excellence that is Chateau Angelus reveals a sharp focus on terroir expression and meticulous viticulture. But there is something inherently distinguished about the 2016 Angelus, positioning it as a particularly compelling milestone for wine investors and aficionados alike. This vintage brought Saint-Émilion a wealth of balanced climatic condition, laying the foundations for what many deem to be an iconic Bordeaux year.
Clear Climatic Advantage: A Crucible of Quality
The growing season was a vigneron's dream – a wet start effectively banished any drought concerns, segueing into a flawless summer that tempered the grapes to perfection. Indeed, 2016 in Saint-Émilion was characterised by the controlled growth and development of the vines, ensuring an impeccable balance between fruity vivacity and tannic structure.
The result in bottle for 2016 Angelus reflects this providential alignment of conditions. The blend – of predominantly Merlot with Cabernet Franc complimenting – exudes both power and finesse, a duality Chateau Angelus has mastered over decades. The palette is graced with ripe yet resolute blackberry and blueberry notes, infused with savory hints of tobacco and graphite. Oak ageing lends an intoxicating spice, while the tannins stand poised and polished, suggesting a remarkable capacity for ageing.
An Enduring Investment Prospect
It's the assurance of harmony that marks 2016 Angelus as one to watch in an investor's portfolio – robust enough to promise longevity, yet with an approachable complexity that beckons early enjoyment. As such, this vintage demonstrates both investment gravitas and sensory delight – a testament to its lauded pedigree.
As one contemplates the immediate pleasure against long-term potential, it’s evident that the 2016 offering from Chateau Angelus underscores the perennial resilience and adaptability of one of Bordeaux's most esteemed estates. With attributes harmonizing to deliver a wine that is undeniably Saint-Émilion at its peak, but also undeniably unique to its year, 2016 Angelus stands as a proud testament to its time and terroir.
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Scores and tasting notes
Incredible depth of fruit to this Angélus, which is dense yet also agile and energetic. There’s just so much dynamic fruit and tannin structure. Makes you want to taste and taste. What a young wine! We will see if 2016 is better than 2015. Both are great.
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, April 4th 2017
Sporting a deep garnet-purple color, the 2016 Angélus erupts from the glass with powerful notes of blackberry pie, ripe black cherries and juicy black plums with an undercurrent of star anise, rose petals, chocolate mint, pencil shavings and woodsmoke plus a waft of allspice. The palate is pure decadence. Medium to full-bodied, rich and generously fruited, this wine is by no means heavy—it positively glimmers with freshness and vivacity, lending an ethereal nature to all that richness and power, beautifully framed by velvety tannins and finishing with epic length. The generosity, layers and plushness make for an absolutely DELICIOUS drink right now, but I'd suggest waiting 3-5 more years for the fireworks to really begin.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate, 22 October 2020
Strong balsam notes. Rather luscious fruit and lots of life and interest. Real vivacity. In this wine, in this stable, although it has a drying finish, the fruit is so overwhelming that it distracts from the drying finish. Well done in a distinctly modernist style. Though the finish is a little weak.
Jancis Robinson - jancisrobinson.com