2006 Angélus, St-Emilion (Previously $220)
95 points Robert Parker: "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: 2012-202. (02/09) 93 points Wine Spectator: "...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." (03/09) K&L's 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. Blackberriess 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 01/23: Sweet and sexy. fabulous palate impression.