Chateau Angelus   Angelus

2003 Angelus

By Chateau Angelus

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I had this wine from my cellar, as well as at a tasting in Zurich in February of 2015. It is one of the handful of 2003s I bought from the Right Bank of Bordeaux in this vintage. Angelus really nailed the vintage, and has produced a fully mature wine that’s truly strutting its stuff. Dense, bluish/purple, it offers gorgeous notes of espresso roast, blackberry and blueberry liqueur, acacia flowers and a touch of chocolate. It is full-bodied, opulent and seems close to full maturity, as it is evolving quickly. The wine is full-bodied, rich and should be drunk over the next decade.

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 27 August 2015


A compelling nose of curry and dark fruits, with rose petal and tobacco undertones. Frankly, a wild nose. Full-bodied and racy, this has fine tannins and a round texture. Fresh herbs, berries, and currants on the palate open up to a fresh finish. Three more years will do this wine good. Pull the cork in 2013.

James Suckling -, May 1st 2012


Kudos to proprietor Hubert Bouard, who has been making brilliant wines at this estate since the mid- to late-1980s. A blend of 58% Cabernet Franc and 42% Merlot, the beautiful 2003 (14% alcohol; 6,500 cases produced) is somewhat tightly knit, but it reveals a perfumed nose of rose petals, blackberries, menthol, and cedar. This broad, sweet 2003's supple attack is followed by a tannic mid-section. The wine does not appear to be as dense or structured as the 2004. Given the high percentage of Cabernet Franc, it is likely to put on considerable weight in the bottle. This beauty is slightly different not only because of the torrid vintage conditions, but also because it incorporates the highest percentage of Cabernet Franc ever utilized at Angelus. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2023.

Robert Parker Jr - Wine Advocate #164 April 2006


Tasted at Farr Vintners’ vertical from ex-chateau magnum. Is this Saint Emilion running out of steam. Certainly age does not seem to be meliorating this wine. It has a slight smudged, alcoholic bouquet with damson, macerated dark cherries, plum and raisin, quite typical for the vintage. The palate is medium-bodied with better acidity than I expected, and certainly more successful than the aromatics. But it seems to lacks some complexity towards the finish, the flavours falling off a cliff and disappearing. Slowly succumbing to the growing season? Tasted October 2011.

Neal Martin - Wine Journal Mar 2012

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