2009 Angludet, Margaux

SKU #1112668 93 points James Suckling

 Aromas of blueberries and bramble berries, with hints of earth and meat follow through to a full body, with fine tannins and a juicy finish. Like the texture. Best in years. Try in 2017.  (2/2012)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A major sleeper of the vintage and one of the best d’Angludet’s I have ever tasted, this Margaux displays loads of red and black fruits, licorice, tar and floral notes in a medium to full-bodied, supple, hedonistic style. The acid is low, the fruit high, and the tannins sweet and well-integrated. Drink it over the next 10-12 years.  (2/2012)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Ripe, fleshy and forward, with mouthfilling plum sauce, fig, raspberry confiture and blackberry pâte de fruit notes that are all harnessed by substantial but silky-textured tannins. The long, perfumy finish is open and inviting already. Drink now through 2022.  (3/2012)

Jancis Robinson

 Very deep crimson. Ripe black fruits on the nose and then attractive delicacy on the palate. Very Margaux build even if it’s slightly more tarry than usual.  (10/2011)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright ruby-red. Robust aromas of blackberry, chocolate and flowers. Then subdued, dry and classic on the palate, with very good stuffing to its slightly medicinal dark berry, chocolate and menthol flavors. Rather elegantly styled wine with solid tannic structure and very good length.  (7/2012)

Wine Enthusiast

 The wine has weight, is warm and spicy, with bold fruit flavors. A fine wine from Angludet, it is ripe, the wood judiciously balanced, finishing with tight acidity.  (2/2012)

K&L Notes

*½+V 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot. Again, the Petit Verdot shines here in 2009. Black licorice nose and flavors. An intense, mouthcoating wine with precise tannins and superb concentration. Long and lush. Fabulous value! These guys are on a roll. Thanks Ben, James and Charles. (Clyde Beffa Jr., K&L Bordeaux buyer)

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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.


- 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.


Specific Appellation:


- 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.