2016 Carillon de Angélus, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1299115 94-95 points James Suckling

 This is a fantastic second wine with walnut, berry, stone and bark character. The texture is really excellent with a chewy yet ultra-polished mouthfeel. Long and intense. Better than the 2015.  (4/2017)

93-95 points Wine Enthusiast

 This is a well-balanced and beautifully structured wine. Its acidity is impressive, while the spicy tones and fruity richness combine with the tannins to yield a structured yet fruity wine. It will age well over the medium term. (RV)  (4/2017)

94 points Decanter

 The level of precision in the cellar at Angélus is always impressive, but they have taken it to new levels in recent years. Parts of the harvest undergo cold soak, plots are vinified at different temperatures, and undergo different lengths of post-fermentation maceration depending on tannic or fruit potential. The cellar is kept cooler than normal to preserve aromatics. This wine is delicious, with a hugely aromatic freshness in the mouth, showing griotte cherries, gourmet spice and floral notes of violets and white flowers. This is 70% new oak, a little more than usual, but a mark of the vintage is this ability to take new oak very well. Blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc. (JA)  (4/2017)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Le Carillon d'Angelus, which represents a higher percentage of the total production this year, has a tightly wound blackberry and briary-scented bouquet with admirable delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin, harmonious and rounded in style with just the right amount of salinity on the finish to beckon you back for another sip. This is a lovely Deuxième Vin built to give pleasure. (NM)  (4/2017)

89-92 points Vinous

 The 2016 Le Carillon d'Angélus is plump, juicy and open-knit. In 2016 Merlot is a bit more pronounced than it has been in the past, while there is no Cabernet Sauvignon. Ripe, silky tannins add to an impression of total finesse. Dark red cherry, mocha and plum are pushed forward in this succulent, giving Saint Émilion. (AG)  (4/2017)

Jancis Robinson

 Rather sumptuous nose. Tarry start with lots of sweet black fruit and drama. Pretty tight and for the moment hard work, but it should relax with time. (JR)  (4/2017)

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

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Saint Emilion