2006 Angélus, St-Emilion

SKU #1048042 95 points Wine Enthusiast

 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. (RV)  (3/2009)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Tasted at Bordeaux Index's annual 10-Year On tasting in London. The 2006 Château Angelus, a blend of 47% Cabernet Franc, 50% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, has a very perfumed bouquet with scents of blueberry, cassis, crushed violets and just a touch of mushroom. This is very generous. The palate is medium-bodied with a smooth, slightly toasty entry. The acidity is quite low compared to other 2006 Saint Emilions, but there is harmony here and the tannins seem very fine. There is real density on the finish, although I was just seeking a little more delineation to come through. Give this another two or three years in bottle. (NM)  (5/2016)

93 points 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. (ST)  (6/2009)

93 points Wine Spectator

 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. (JS)  (3/2009)

92 points 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.  (12/2009)

Jancis Robinson

 Unusually dark crimson. Very winning, complex nose with good balance between ripe fruit and almost imperceptible oak. Very sweet and flattering. With a little obvious cassis on the palate. Just gets the balance right! Good freshness underneath. 17/20 points (JR)  (1/2016)

K&L Notes

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.

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Saint Emilion