2005 d'Angludet, Margaux

SKU #1044512 90 points Connoisseurs Guide

 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.  (3/ 2008)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A sleeper of the vintage, this well-known, non-classified growth is a deep ruby/purple-colored effort revealing notions of roasted meats, black truffles, licorice, and loamy earth. Sweet tannin, a rich, chocolaty, black currant fruitiness, medium to full body, and terrific freshness and vibrancy provide a gorgeous early appeal. It will be even better in 3-4 years, and should last for 15 or more.  (4/ 2008)

87-90 points 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.  (5/ 2006)

90 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (3/ 2008)

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.  (10/ 2008)

Wine Enthusiast

 A wine that aims for power in its superrich fruit, its dense tannins and brooding presence. This is certainly a departure in style for d'Angludet. It needs to soften and become more approachable.  (6/ 2008)

K&L Notes

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)

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By: Jeff Garneau |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/23/2010  | Send Email
Aromas of exotic Tahitian vanilla and wood spice frame the nose of this still very youthful wine. The strength of the vintage shows in the substantial dark fruit. Black currant and cherry. Rich and sweet with good acidity. Tannins still quite firm. Persistent, lengthy finish. If you are looking for a good value in 2005 to add to the cellar, this 2005 Chateau Angludet is the wine for you. Tasted at the Chateau in April with James Sichel, at home in good company with a nicely grilled ribeye steak, and more recently at our weekly staff tasting in Redwood City. Consistently delicious results.
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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
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Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Margaux

- Margaux is the southern most of all of the appellations of the Haut Medoc. Located near St. Julien, it has more cru classe producers than the other four villages of the area. In addition to the legendary Chateau Margaux, there are five second-growths: Rauzan Gassies, Rauzan Seglas, Dufort-Vivens, Lascombes, and Brane Cantenac. While more people are probably familiar with the third growth Chateau Palmer, there are nine other wineries with the same ranking in addition to a trio of fourth growths and a pair of fifth growths. Because Margaux is comprised of five communes… Margaux, Cantenac, Soussans, Labardes and Arsac, the wines styles are diverse throughout the region with the more masculine tannic wines coming from the Cantenac side of the appellation. Because of a high percentage of Merlot planted in the region, many wines from Margaux are more round, feminine, and exotic that the other appellations of the Haut Medoc.