Tasting Notes Angelus 2001
Tasted at Farr Vintners' vertical from ex-chateau magnum. The Chateau Angelus 2001 has a very fresh, mint-tinged bouquet with fine delineation, with just a touch of dark cherries, Dorset plum and orange peel. Fine delineation and the oak is gradually melting into the fabric of the wine. The palate is medium-bodied with a slightly raw entry. Fresh and vibrant, just a little reserve towards the tannic finish, indeed, as it grows into adolescent it is becoming a self-styled 'classic' Saint Emilion, less sexy but more cerebral than a couple of years ago. Great backbone here, surfeit with freshness and vitality with a touch of spice and white pepper on the aftertaste. Tasted October 2011.
A brilliant performance by Hubert de Bouard, the 2001 Angelus (6,250 cases) is a more restrained and delineated version of the 2000. It has shed much of its tannin, and seems far more evolved and open-knit than I thought prior to bottling. Its deep purple color is followed by a rich nose of creosote, charcoal, blackberries, plums, cassis, and espresso roast. Elegant, medium-bodied, and rich, with a measured ripeness and moderate structure in the pure, nicely proportioned finish, it is less massive than either the 2000 or 2003, yet is also beautifully put together. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2017.