2013 Angélus, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)
Barrel Sample. This is a very fine wine, richly textured and concentrated. The acidity is forward, although it’s roundly ensconced and cushioned by the rich, ripe fruitiness.
Sexy and elegant for the vintage. A blueberry, floral and citrus character on the nose and palate. Full body, with an impressive density for the vintage and a pretty, bright finish. Excellent length.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(62% merlot and 38% cabernet franc): Opaque dark ruby. Complex aromas of blueberry, mocha, underbrush and aromatic herbs. Sweet, fleshy, clean flavors of dark berries and chocolate-covered plums are complicated by oaky and peppery nuances at the back. This is a successful Angelus for the year--one that is less extracted than some recent monsters and benefited in overall balance because of it.
62% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Franc. Rich, fruitcake aromas. Plush and powerful. Tannins are rounded on the palate -- drinkable but not quite ready. Impressive concentration and purity without being forceful. 17.5/20 points. Drink 2018 to 2028.