2008 Angludet, Margaux (1.5L)
Initially rustic and earthy, this wine does show some good, solid fruit. The tannins are smooth, polished, coming into balance with the fruit.
Focused and fresh, with blackberry and black currant fruit laced with black licorice and a mouthwatering iron note. The silky finish has nice weight. Drink now through 2013.
According to Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "This has a light brambly nose with better-integrated oak than some other Margaux wines, with scents of blackberry, smoke and graphite. This is an impressive Margaux '08: good fruit concentration, well balanced, high acidity but in synch with the rest of the wine, very pure, fresh and taut on the black cherry finish. This is a better d'Angludet than encountered in recent vintages. Tasted April 2009. 88-90 points." (04/09) Steven Spurrier in Decanter writes: "...Chateau d'Angludet was in the same place as some of the appellation's best. At first smoky and a touch earthy on the nose, then notes of spice and bitter chocolate, and more fragrant. On the palate savoury, with plenty of richness to coat the tannins. This fine effort from the Sichel family is, once again, our pick of the cheap Margaux..Fine black-red, fragrant and slightly smoky crushed black fruits, fine concentration on the palate with no loss of elegance, good earthy Cabernet, good breadth, length and structure. Drink 2015-24."