2013 Angélus, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)
Barrel Sample. This is a very fine wine, richly textured and concentrated. The acidity is forward, although it’s roundly ensconced and cushioned by the rich, ripe fruitiness.
Sexy and elegant for the vintage. A blueberry, floral and citrus character on the nose and palate. Full body, with an impressive density for the vintage and a pretty, bright finish. Excellent length.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
On the other hand, the opaque purple-colored 2013 Angelus, a brilliant blend of equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Franc harvested between September 9 and October 3 (only 60% of the production was utilized), possesses good acidity as well as pure blueberry, mulberry and black currant fruit intermixed with notions of licorice, Christmas fruitcake, underbrush and forest floor. With medium body and more texture than is found in most 2013s, it should drink well for 8-10 years. This vineyard is meticulously manicured and the wine is brilliantly made by Hubert de Bouard. (RP)
The 2013 Angélus is striking in its beauty. Freshly cut flowers, dark red berries, mint and sweet spices grace the palate in an absolutely exquisite wine built on pure grace. The 2013 is polished, sophisticated and classy to the core. This is a fabulous showing. (AG)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Opaque dark ruby. Complex aromas of blueberry, mocha, underbrush and aromatic herbs. Sweet, fleshy, clean flavors of dark berries and chocolate-covered plums are complicated by oaky and peppery nuances at the back. This is a successful Angelus for the year--one that is less extracted than some recent monsters and benefited in overall balance because of it.
62% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Franc. Rich, fruitcake aromas. Plush and powerful. Tannins are rounded on the palate -- drinkable but not quite ready. Impressive concentration and purity without being forceful. 17.5/20 points. Drink 2018 to 2028.