2011 Angelus, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A great success for proprietor Hubert de Bouard, the 2011 Angelus came in at 14.5% natural alcohol (keep in mind that this is supposedly a challenging vintage – and it was), and 75% of the production made it into the top label. The remainder was declassified into a second label or was sold off in bulk. Yields were a low 30 hectoliters per hectare, and the final blend was 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc. The color is a typical dense blue/purple, and the nose offers up wonderful notes of black raspberries, blueberries, flowers, vanillin and spice box. With authority, velvety tannin, good extract and glycerin, this rich, pure, beautifully textured St.-Emilion should drink well for 20+ years.
Very elegant Angelus with blueberry and chocolate character. Full to medium body, with fine tannins. Lovely and delicious. Reminds me of the 2001 but better. 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Opaque ruby-purple. Deep, brooding aromas of cassis, blackberry syrup, coffee and cocoa. Then very rich, dense and unctuous, with blackberry syrup, blueberry liqueur, vanilla and chocolate-covered plum flavors of uncommon depth and purity. The smooth, velvety texture coats the palate while avoiding the bitterness and tannic unpleasantness of many other 2011s. Very long and serious wine, perhaps better balanced than the 2009 and 2010 vintages. As impressive as those wines might be, I think they were too extracted.
Very dry, firm and hard, this is heavily dominated by new wood. It's only the underlying weight that suggests the black fruit potential.
Polished and direct, with warm raspberry coulis, blueberry preserves and plum flavors pumping along, while a pain d'épices note fills out the finish. There's a loamy echo on the finish that adds depth and length, so this should be putting on weight.
** 47% Cabernet Franc, 52% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Sauvignon. A super serious wine here. Layers of black fruit flavors cover the tannins. Black color. Blackberries and power. Ager. Trey: Very dark color and perfumy aromas. Deep mocha, roasted cocoa powder and black berry flavors. Juicy and full on the mid-palate, with tremendous depth and power. Seamless and exotic, the tannins are so integrated and ripe you barely notice them. 94-96 points. AP: Wow! This wine knocked my socks off! One of my favorite wines ever was the 2000 Angelus, and tasting this gave me flashbacks. Blackberry jam, hints of scorched earth, tobacco and graphite. Pure, long and rich, with a long, long finish. This is the wine of the vintage, in my opinion.