2005 d'Angludet, Margaux
This wine raises the question: Where does its Margaux character leave off and its 35% Merlot content take over? It is far too coy to say "somewhere in the middle", yet the seamless fit of fine pieces so integral to good Margaux wines and the sweet cherry fruit that lies at the heart of this attractive bottling have clearly produced a wine that is both rich and even slightly succulent.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A sleeper of the vintage, this 2005 seems to be close to its plateau of maturity. It exhibits a dense ruby/plum/purple color, wonderfully sweet and silky tannins, loads of blackcurrant and floral-infused fruit, medium body and a long, layered, elegant and pure personality. It is drinking quite well and exhibiting no reason to extend its aging. This wine should continue to offer gorgeous and good-value drinking for another decade. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Saturated ruby. Perfumed, high-pitched aromas of blackberry, tar and licorice. Lush and pliant on entry, then dry and classic in the middle palate. Nicely balanced, persistent wine but the tannins turned a bit dry as the wine opened in the glass. Is there enough balancing sweetness here? Certainly this is succulent and fresh.
Mushroom, spice, berry and meat aromas follow through to a full body, with slightly earthy undertone and soft tannins. But this is rich and interesting. Best after 2011. (JS)
Still very youthful. Loads of sumptuous primary fruit. Structure is compact and dense - almost austere. Complete, satisfying and ageworthy.
Wine & Spirits
This is lean and fragrant with wild fruit and smooth black tannins that seem to pull all the juice out of it for now. It's firm and finely integrated, needing time for those tannins to yield back the fruit. For roast lamb.
Tasted from barrel: 47% Merlot, 48% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot. Black licorice aromas and blackberry flavors. Very pure and focused fruit. Long finish. Excellent value? Steve says: At UGC it was dark and tannic with toast and coffee. At the château it showed more fruit in the middle and flowers and coffee on the nose. Spicy, concentrated and powerful. Outstanding potential. *1/2 (Clyde Beffa, K&L Bordeaux buyer)