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2010 Angélus, St-Emilion

SKU #1128646 99 points Decanter

Outer quote mark 2010 was the point at which everyone was sitting up and taking notice of Angélus, two years before they were officially recognised as a First Growth in the 2012 ranking. Extremely silky and concentrated, still knitted down and nowhere near ready to go. The Cabernet Franc side here is blossoming into violet freshness, accompanied step for step with blackberry, bilberry and crushed raspberry puree. The fruit is deep and concentrated, there is accompanying spice, cherry pits, grilled cinnamon and licorice but the overall feeling is of controlled, confident, autumnal fruit brushed over with a mineral-edged uplift through the finish. Great stuff here. Drinking Window 2023 - 2048 (JA) Inner quote mark (1/2020)

99 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark The nose is impressively rich with an opulence and sexiness with earth, berry, spice and chocolate character. Black truffles! Full body, with seamless tannins and beautiful richness. It goes on for minutes. The layers of fruit and ripe tannins are phenomenal. This is the greatest Angelus ever for me. Inner quote mark (2/2013)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Composed of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Franc, the deep garnet colored 2010 Angélus has an open-for-business nose of baked plums, Black Forest cake and blueberry pie with touches of hoisin, Marmite toast and eucalyptus. Full-bodied, rich and oh-so-sensuous, the palate is jam-packed with decadent fruit and framed by firm, ripe, and rounded tannins, finishing with epic length. (LPB) Inner quote mark (3/2020)

98 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2010 Angélus seems to be improving in bottle year after year. It has a detailed and precise bouquet with ample black fruit, sous-bois, black truffle and light humidor aromas. It is incredibly complex and involving. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins. This is very cohesive and exerts just the right amount of grip. Great precision towards the finish with a judicious sprinkling of white pepper and sage. This is the best bottle of 2010 Angélus that I have met. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners 10-Year On Bordeaux horizontal. (NM) Inner quote mark (4/2020)

97 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Got patience? You'll need it to wait this brute out fully. A chunk of tar sits between you and the core of black currant, hoisin sauce and roasted Black Mission fig fruit flavors, while the back end is a road-paving machine laying down a smoldering tarry track of tobacco and freshly ground coffee. And there's an iron note too, as if this needed it. One of the most backward wines of the vintage. (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2013)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Good deep, bright ruby-red. Extravagantly rich aromas of black raspberry, blueberry, bitter chocolate and coconutty oak. Like liquid silk in the mouth, but with outstanding verve to the huge, palate-saturating flavors of blueberry, violet, espresso and minerals. This is almost too much of a good thing today in a Napa cult wine way, but the wine's molten, slowly building tannins and outstanding finishing power promise a long and glorious evolution in bottle. (ST) Inner quote mark (7/2013)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Tasted blind. Opaque garnet with a touch of brick at the rim. Lightly smoky. On the palate, lots of dried fruit and a little bit leathery, deep and firmly textured but harmony in power. Mouth-watering finish and great length. A touch of heat at the very end. 18/20 points. (JH) Inner quote mark (4/2020)

K&L Notes

99+ points Robert Parker in a previous review for Wine Advocate: "This is another magnificent wine. How much fun will it be to have the 2000, 2005, 2009 and 2010 in future tastings to see which vintage comes out on top? They are all candidates that will flirt with perfection, depending on the state of their evolution. The 2010 has a similar color to the 2009, but is perhaps even more opaque, which seems almost impossible. Subtle barbecue smoke, graphite, blackberry liqueur, licorice and chocolate jump from the glass, and the wine hits the palate with a thunderous cascade of sweet, velvety, full-bodied, concentrated black fruits, nice definition from the tannins and decent acidity. The wine has a majestic, multilayered finish that goes on for a minute. This magnificent wine is still frightfully young and still somewhat unformed, but every bit as prodigious as its older sibling, the 2009. This will probably end up evolving on a slightly slower evolutionary track. However, it has 50 years of longevity in it." (08/2015)

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