Tasting Notes Angelus 2003
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.
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.
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.