2016 Angélus, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1299080 100 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This is a rich, perfumed wine, with dense tannins and intense layers of black plum and spice. The palate is firmly built yet broadened out by plump dark-fruit tones and honed by a solid, dry core. (RV) Inner quote mark (5/2019)

99 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Subtle and profound aromas of blackberries, wet earth and sweet tobacco. Hints of spice, too. Full-bodied and so deep. It’s incredibly vertical and long. Just like looking down a well. Firm and powerful tannins, yet polished and balanced. Goes on for minutes. One of the greatest ever. Inner quote mark (2/2019)

98 points Decanter

Outer quote mark We are right at the top of the scale here. Richly textured, full of natural power and force yet delivered with elegance and eucalyptus freshness. A brilliant vintage for Cabernet Franc, which helped sculpt what is a gourmet and rich wine complete with liquorice, clove and tar. Brilliant, delivering even better than it did last time I tasted it, and one that has many decades ahead. Harvest October 4th to 21st. 100% new oak but already well integrated. (JA) Inner quote mark (9/2020)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Sporting a deep garnet-purple color, the 2016 Angélus erupts from the glass with powerful notes of blackberry pie, ripe black cherries and juicy black plums with an undercurrent of star anise, rose petals, chocolate mint, pencil shavings and woodsmoke plus a waft of allspice. The palate is pure decadence. Medium to full-bodied, rich and generously fruited, this wine is by no means heavy—it positively glimmers with freshness and vivacity, lending an ethereal nature to all that richness and power, beautifully framed by velvety tannins and finishing with epic length. (LPB) 98+ Inner quote mark (10/2020)

98 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2016 Angélus is a total stunner. Despite its late bottling in September 2018, the 2016 is simply magnificent. Soaring aromatics and layers of bright, vibrant fruit are two of the main signatures in the 2016. The tannins, so often hard in young Angélus, are almost impossibly refined. Pomegranate, blood orange, raspberry jam, wild flowers and mocha are some of the many notes that race through the 2016. All the elements fall into place in a memorable, exquisite Saint-Émilion that is clearly one of the wines of the year. Don't miss it! (AG) Inner quote mark (1/2019)

97 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The 2016 Château Angélus is incredibly elegant and finesse-driven, with a soaring perfume of crème de cassis, white flowers, crayon, forest floor, and spice. Compared to the 1996 by the Angélus team, it has a deep, layered style, its oak is beautifully integrated, there are ample tannins, and despite leaning toward the finesse-driven side of the spectrum, it has thrilling depth of fruit and length. It’s a brilliant wine from this estate that will benefit from 4-5 years of bottle age and keep for 30+ years or more. The blend of the 2016 is 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc, brought up all in new French oak. Inner quote mark (2/2019)

96 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark This goes for the gusto, with a deep and broad swath of well-roasted tobacco, espresso and loam out front. The core of dark currant and fig fruit will have to catch up, but this red has the energy and juicy drive to eventually do so. When it melds fully, this will be a smoky, alluring, tobacco-fueled wine. (JM) Inner quote mark (1/2019)

K&L Notes

96 points Neal Martin for Vinous: "The 2016 Angélus has an intense, powerful bouquet with copious black cherries, boysenberry, orange pith and iodine scents that threaten to overwhelm the senses. The medium-bodied palate offers supple tannins, a fine bead of acidity, a dash of black pepper and impressive detail and persistence on the finish. This is an outstanding Angélus that clearly requires several years in bottle to realize its full potential." (01/2020)


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By: Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/23/2017 | Send Email
”Pure nose of deep, old vine Merlot, strong sweetness and structure, deep raspberry fruit, powerful and lush with great concentration and persistence throughout the long finish. Great, great, wine! 3 Stars." Ralph Sands

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