2009 Angélus, St-Emilion (1.5L) (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A candidate for one of the finest Angelus produced to date (and there have been many, including 1989, 1990, 2000 and 2005), this blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc was fashioned from tiny yields of 20 hectoliters per hectare. It boasts a black/purple color along with a gorgeous perfume of blueberry liqueur, spring flowers and graphite. In the mouth, notes of incense and cassis also emerge from this velvety-textured, full-bodied, intensely concentrated 2009. With silky tannins, low acidity and spectacular purity, texture and depth, it is already approachable (although I’m sure proprietor Hubert de Bouard would think drinking it now is akin to infanticide), but should keep for 20-30+ years.
Intense aromas of blackberries, dried flowers, mint and hints of dark chocolate. Full bodied, with super velvety tannins and gorgeous fruit. Lots of new wood right now but it will come together. This is top of the line baby St. Emilion.
A immensely powerful wine, heaving with fresh fruit and dark tannins. It is full of spiced plums, dark cherries and berries. These lie over wood and a powerful structure.
Rich and rather stolid now, this features a wall of roasted apple wood and charcoal flavors in front of the dense core of black Mission fig, steeped black currant fruit and espresso notes. Extremely dense on the finish, but the inlaid spice and tobacco hints are there just beneath the surface, needing only extended cellaring to emerge fully. One of the larger-scaled efforts of the vintage. Best from 2018 through 2035.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep, saturated ruby to the rim. Superripe, high-toned aromas of kirsch and dark chocolate. Large-scaled, ripe and chocolatey, conveying a distinctly exotic character and an impression of power. Finishes with huge but ripe tannins and a lingering note of mocha. For the first 24 hours in the bottle the vintage dominated the wine's cabernet franc character, but eventually blackberry, violet and licorice elements emerged. Built for a long life in bottle.
**+ A big, sweet wine. Long and lingering. Super. Everything is together here, with lots of black fruits and toasted oak. From Ralph Sands: "A big sweetie. Exotic fruit; powerful and serious!" 60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc. Note: Futures item. Wine will arrive late 2011 to 2013. You will be contacted for delivery instructions.