2010 Angélus, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1066746 99 points James Suckling

 The nose is impressively rich with an opulence and sexiness with earth, berry, spice and chocolate character. Black truffles! Full body, with seamless tannins and beautiful richness. It goes on for minutes. The layers of fruit and ripe tannins are phenomenal. This is the greatest Angelus ever for me. Try in 2018.  (2/ 2013)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 An absolutely spectacular wine from this estate, run with meticulous precision by Hubert de Bouard, the opaque bluish/purple 2010 Angelus offers up a beautifully sweet smorgasbord of aromas ranging from blueberry pie to espresso roast, white chocolate, creme de cassis, licorice, truffle and a touch of lead pencil shavings. There is even a floral underpinning to this extraordinary, highly-scented, full-bodied wine. Rich, layered and built like a skyscraper, this multi-dimensional Angelus has lavish concentration and moderately high tannin, but it is sweet and well-integrated, as is the oak. Just enough acidity provides focus and delineation to this exceptionally well-endowed wine, which should hit its prime in 7-10 years and last 30-40.  (2/ 2013)

97 points Wine Spectator

 Got patience? You'll need it to wait this brute out fully. A chunk of tar sits between you and the core of black currant, hoisin sauce and roasted Black Mission fig fruit flavors, while the back end is a road-paving machine laying down a smoldering tarry track of tobacco and freshly ground coffee. And there's an iron note too, as if this needed it. One of the most backward wines of the vintage. Best from 2017 through 2040.  (3/ 2013)

91-94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (a blend of 55% merlot and 45% cabernet franc) Very deep purple-ruby. Sexy, oak-spiced black cherry and blackberry aromas are accented by mocha and vanilla, with a sneaky violet note emerging with air. Concentrated cassis and oaky flavors are impressively bright, with tangy minerality adding energy. Balanced and suave, showing impressive finishing length, with mounting, slightly drying tannins.  (6/ 2011)

91-93 points Wine Enthusiast

 Firm and tannic, very structured wine, while still savoring its rich fruit character. This feels very opulent and rich. There is a problem with alcohol showing through as a pepper edge.  (6/ 2011)

K&L Notes

**+ 55% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Franc. 14.8% ABV.

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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/11/2013  | Send Email
**+ Black cherry and vanilla oak. Layered and structured.

By: Trey Beffa |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/16/2011  | Send Email
Inky. There’s lots of Cabernet Franc in this wine, which is most evident on the mid-palate, providing it with a spicy backbone. It also shows fresh crushed blackberries, cassis and chewy tannins.

By: Ralph Sands |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/16/2011  | Send Email
Good structure to go with the big fruit. Not overdone in any way. Not as wildly exotic as in the past.

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Varietal:

Merlot

- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.
Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Saint Emilion