2005 d'Angludet, Margaux
This wine raises the question: Where does its Margaux character leave off and its 35% Merlot content take over? It is far too coy to say "somewhere in the middle", yet the seamless fit of fine pieces so integral to good Margaux wines and the sweet cherry fruit that lies at the heart of this attractive bottling have clearly produced a wine that is both rich and even slightly succulent.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A sleeper of the vintage, this well-known, non-classified growth is a deep ruby/purple-colored effort revealing notions of roasted meats, black truffles, licorice, and loamy earth. Sweet tannin, a rich, chocolaty, black currant fruitiness, medium to full body, and terrific freshness and vibrancy provide a gorgeous early appeal. It will be even better in 3-4 years, and should last for 15 or more.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Saturated ruby. Perfumed, high-pitched aromas of blackberry, tar and licorice. Lush and pliant on entry, then dry and classic in the middle palate. Nicely balanced, persistent wine but the tannins turned a bit dry as the wine opened in the glass. Is there enough balancing sweetness here? Certainly this is succulent and fresh.
Mushroom, spice, berry and meat aromas follow through to a full body, with slightly earthy undertone and soft tannins. But this is rich and interesting. Best after 2011.
Wine & Spirits
This is lean and fragrant with wild fruit and smooth black tannins that seem to pull all the juice out of it for now. It's firm and finely integrated, needing time for those tannins to yield back the fruit. For roast lamb.
A wine that aims for power in its superrich fruit, its dense tannins and brooding presence. This is certainly a departure in style for d'Angludet. It needs to soften and become more approachable.
Tasted from barrel: 47% Merlot, 48% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot. Black licorice aromas and blackberry flavors. Very pure and focused fruit. Long finish. Excellent value? Steve says: At UGC it was dark and tannic with toast and coffee. At the château it showed more fruit in the middle and flowers and coffee on the nose. Spicy, concentrated and powerful. Outstanding potential. *1/2 (Clyde Beffa, K&L Bordeaux buyer)