2013 Angélus, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1158925 94-96 points Wine Enthusiast

 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.  (4/ 2014)

92-93 points James Suckling

 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.  (4/ 2014)

90-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 On the other hand, the opaque purple-colored 2013 Angelus, a brilliant blend of equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Franc harvested between September 9 and October 3 (only 60% of the production was utilized), possesses good acidity as well as pure blueberry, mulberry and black currant fruit intermixed with notions of licorice, Christmas fruitcake, underbrush and forest floor. With medium body and more texture than is found in most 2013s, it should drink well for 8-10 years. This vineyard is meticulously manicured and the wine is brilliantly made by Hubert de Bouard.  (8/ 2014)

88-91 points 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.  (6/ 2014)

Jancis Robinson

 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.  (4/ 2014)

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By: Alex Pross |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/14/2014  | Send Email
*** Dark, brooding, spicy plum, black tea, graphite and scorched earth. Very nice length-not overdone.

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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