2010 d'Angludet, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1066867 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 A very complete wine, packed with just the right level of tannins and with the sweet plum fruit pushing through to give richness to the acidity.  (6/ 2011)

91 points Wine Spectator

 This has a pure loganberry and damson plum core, with lilac, warm pebble and lightly singed anise notes flittering through the background. Offers well-integrated structure through the finish, with subtle minerality echoing. Best from 2014 through 2026.  (3/ 2013)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A major sleeper of the vintage, as I thought from barrel several years ago, the 2010 is one of the best d’Angludets I have tasted. It should drink nicely for 15-20 years, but there is no reason to defer your gratification. It is a sexy, up-front, precociously styled d’Angludet with a deep purple color, loads of floral notes intermixed with licorice, blueberry, black raspberry and, of course, the classic creme de cassis. It is dense, ripe, soft, round and surprisingly accessible for a 2010. A beauty!  (2/ 2013)

89 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good bright, dark red. Sexy aromas of bitter cherry, dark chocolate, mocha, potpourri spices and flowers. Silky and supple but a bit reduced, showing a restrained sweetness today to its dark berry, licorice and floral flavors. Rich and pliant wine, but without quite the tension or perfume for 90 points.  (8/ 2013)

Jancis Robinson

 Lively, pure dark fruit. Juicy and less dense than some - or seems so at this stage and may just be more expressive - but has a fine fresh tension on the finish.  (11/ 2012)

K&L Notes

*1/2V 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot. Thirty-five hl/ha.

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By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/5/2013  | Send Email
Out of barrel this wine showed sweet fruit but was concentrated and tight. From bottle it is all heady blackberry and spice, with a rich, concentrated palate, lovely tannins, great texture, layers of black fruit, cassis, licorice and minerality.

By: Ralph Sands |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/4/2013  | Send Email
Wow, what a value!
Top Value!

By: Mulan Chan-Randel |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/4/2013  | Send Email
Medium++ bodied, with red berry fruits and subtle notes of cocoa nib and mineral. Medium+ fine tannins and an exemplary spine of acidity that bodes well for ageability.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/4/2013  | Send Email
Deep color, extremely lush on the palate. Sexy, black cherry aromas. Fresh and vibrant. Should be a fine value. At UGC: The second bottle was sweet and sexy on the nose. Lots of red berry fruit flavors. Lovely mouthfeel. So pretty and tasty and a steal to boot.

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Varietal:

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.
Sub-Region:

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.