2006 Angélus, St-Emilion
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A spectacular effort (what’s new?), this brilliant offering from proprietor Hubert de Bouard is another classic. A blend of 62% Merlot and 38% Cabernet Franc, it boasts an inky/purple color as well as a sumptuous bouquet of creosote, blueberry pie, espresso roast, blackberries, and graphite. Extremely full-bodied and stunningly rich with a multi-layered texture, sweet tannin, and a 45-second finish, this exceptional 2006 is one of the great wines of St.-Emilion. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2028. (RP)
Initially the wine is all firm tannins, but then there is a pure line of fresh black fruits that comes through, with cranberry tannins and blackberry jamminess. Above it all, is succulent richness and clear acidity. A beautifully shaped wine.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Full ruby. Vibrant aromas of crushed blueberry and bitter chocolate are further brightened by a violet quality. Dense, sweet and lush, with terrific depth and freshness to its dark fruit, mineral and violet flavors. This is really creamy-rich for the vintage. Finishes with smooth, chocolatey tannins and outstanding palate-saturating length. It's hard to imagine how Hubert de Bouard managed to get such a deep, layered middle palate without any sign of overextracted tannins or heaviness, but he has managed this neat trick.
This has a gorgeous nose of black licorice, black cherry and sage. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a very long finish. There's beautiful texture for the vintage. Enjoy the fruit and richness. Best from 2013 through 2017.
Wine & Spirits
Distinctly Angelusian in this vintage, this is harmonious, packed with ripe fruit and earthy limestone tannin. The flavors mingle dried fruit and fresh fruit, from red cherries to dates, plums and figs. It's concentrated but not pushed, the flavors feeling complete in a long, structured finish. This should be ready to enjoy at ten years from the vintage, and will continue to develop after that.
42% Cabernet Franc, 58% Merlot. Bright crimson still. A strong, attractive mineral note on the nose. Very unctuous texture, almost heavy in the mouth! Quite a decadent style of wine. Lightly drying tannins on the finish. Long and warming. All stops are pulled out on this wine but it is not too much. 17.5/20 points.
At Joanne: Exotic nose and flavor. Extremely ripe. Huge wine. Put it away!! At property: Black color. Very spicy - very well integrated. Very ripe nose. Blackberries and chocolate on the nose. Excellent balance. Classic and dense on palate. ** Ralph Sands: Deep purple/black wine with lovely aromas of fresh grapes, loaded with zesty acid, fine balance, classic style wine in '06, not over the top extraction. Alex Brisoux: Dark intense color, sweet cacao, plumy elegant ripe fruit, big wine, long finish, great Angelus. And on 1/23: Sweet and sexy. fabulous palate impression.