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2018 Angélus, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1407907 99-100 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This shows beautiful sensibility of generous fruit and soft and velvety tannins with an undertone of chocolate and cedar. Full-bodied, pure and supple with a direct delivery of vibrant fruit and real terroir expression. Savory at the end with hazelnut and crunchy-seed flavors. Reality check here. Incredible fruit quality. Inner quote mark (4/2019)

97-100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark 'This year we have slightly less Cabernet Franc in the blend because we are only using the oldest vines, planted by my grandfather, as a tribute,' Stéphanie de Boüard-Rivoal said. 'These are 60- to 80-year-old Cabernet Franc vines.' From 2018, 10% of the entire Angélus crop will be aged in large oak foudres. 'These produce tighter, more perfumed, brighter wines from less oxygen exposure,' Stéphanie commented. The 2018 Angélus is blended of 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc, to be aged 18-22 months in barriques, 100% new, plus two new foudres. Deep garnet-purple in color, it slips slowly, sensuously out of the glass with beautiful black raspberries, kirsch, warm plums and red roses scents, building in intensity to reveal chocolate-covered cherries, raspberry coulis, black tea, woodsmoke and powdered cinnamon notions with a waft of black olives and charcuterie. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers a wonderfully profound, multilayered, seamless experience of red and black fruits intertwined with earth, spice and floral notions and framed by exquisitely ripe, satiny tannins, finishing with amazing freshness and length. Incredibly, finely, expertly, seamlessly knit. Stunning. (LPB) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

97-99 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The grand vin, the 2018 Angélus, is magical juice in 2018 as well as possibly one of the wines of the vintage. While it shows a slightly more elegant style compared to past great vintages, it doesn’t lack for depth, density or richness. Thrilling notes of crème de cassis, toasted spice, graphite, incense, and tobacco leaf all flow to a full-bodied, powerful Saint-Émilion that has seamless tannins, a stacked mid-palate, no hard edges, and a finish that just won’t quit. Reminding me of an improved 2009, it’s going to be drinkable with just short-term cellaring and keep for 30 years or more. The blend of the 2018 is 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc that will spend 18-22 months in new barrels (and a small portion in foudre as well). Hats off to director Emmanuelle d’Aligny-Fulchi for keeping this estate at the top of the hierarchy in Saint-Émilion! Inner quote mark (5/2019)

98 points Decanter

Outer quote mark This is rich and complex from the very first nose, showing dense brambled fruit with real precision of expression. After a few minutes the aromatics explode, leaping out of the glass and giving an extra level of enjoyment to the wine. In the mouth, lovely vibrant tannins grip without any sense of urgency, joined by curls of woodsmoke and salt taffy through the finish. It's gorgeous and will make you smile with its mouthwatering finish. Only the oldest Cabernet Francs, aged between 60 and 80 years, went into the grand vin in 2018, meaning a little less Cabernet Franc in the blend than usual. But these old vines, planted by Stephanie de Boüard's grandfather, are rich in flavour and give saline emphasis to the finish. It's the first year that they have worked entirely organically, with a 32hl/ha yield from the harvest, which ran from 24 September to 11 October. A cold soak before fermentation was used to extract the colour and fruit flavours without too much tannin. The wine is aged in 100% oak barrels and, for the first time, a few amphorae. (JA) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

96-98 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This is a dense, smoky wine, packed with ripe tannins and a line of fresh acidity that forms a fine contrast. It's a great wine that is rich in tannins while keeping elegance and finesse. (RV) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

95-98 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2018 Angélus is a fabulous wine from the de Boüard family. Often much more severe when it is young, the 2018 possesses stunning depth and remarkable finesse. I don't think I have tasted a young Angélus with this much finesse. In this vintage, Angélus is 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc, which is to say more Merlot and less Franc than in the past, which may or may not represent more of a longer term shift. To be sure, the 2018 is glorious, with generous, pliant fruit and silky tannins that add to its considerable allure. Crème de cassis, new leather, spice and licorice build into the striking finish. What a wine. (AG) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

95-98 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Very gutsy in feel, with lots of tobacco leaf, loam and espresso notes swirling around a core of steeped black currant and warm fig fruit flavors. The muscular finish is a jumble right now, but there's ample acidity coiled within. A wine that clearly wants to stand out from the pack. *Barrel Tasting* (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2019)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark 65% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc. Will have 18-22 months in oak, a mix of new barrels and foudres. Barrel sample. Inky core with purple rim. Refined aroma of restrained dark fruit and a mineral freshness even with the evident oak. More oaky on the palate, a touch of char, but much more restraint overall compared with earlier vintages, the restraint coming via the tannins. Power and freshness combined, with intensity and with a big charge of tannins but well handled to balance the whole in this powerful vintage. Needs a lot of time, to unfurl and for the oak to recede. (JH) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

K&L Notes

94-96 points Neal Martin in Vinous: "The 2018 Angélus was picked from 24 September until 11 October and for the first time is aged in two new foudres (one more on the way) which are designed to limit the impact of wood and oxygen ingress. These are currently being used for the Cabernet Franc, then after a year, the juice is transferred into used oak barrel. Deep in colour, it has a dense bouquet with high-toned black cherry and cassis fruit, touches of dark chocolate and sandalwood. It feels a little unsettling although it has just been racked. The palate is medium-bodied with soft and supple tannins, rounded in the mouth with touches of sea salt and black pepper. It is an intense rather than powerful Angélus. There is a drive towards more elegance at the estate, though perhaps the warmth of the second part of the growing season did not allow them to fully realize this. Still, it is a very fine Angélus that will age with style." (11/2019)


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By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/25/2019 | Send Email
The 2018 Angelus is a big, dense and powerful wine underneath its upfront fruit and spice. The middle fruit is lush, concentrated and velvety, before the tannins grab you on the finish. This is a great cellar selection!

By: Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/16/2019 | Send Email
65% Merlot 35% Cabernet Franc … Fresh Cab Franc on the nose, perfect deep ripe fruit without a hint of over ripeness on the palate. A strong linear wine with great freshness and certainly one of the best wines of the vintage. 3 Stars! Ralph Sands

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/16/2019 | Send Email
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First of the big gun 2018s to be released and it is quite reasonably priced. Same opening as the 2015 vintage and this wine is much better. Very elegant red fruit aromas. Not a blockbuster, but wonderfully balanced with lots of licorice flavors and lingering finish. Velvety tannins. Lots of tobacco and coffee notes. Great effort.
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By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/16/2019 | Send Email
Angélus is one of the most opulent and decadent 2018s. It is framed with copious deep red and bright black fruits with an extremely silky texture and acidity to help support the weight and depth. As usual, there is great length in a long, mouthcoating finish lined with a mineral streak. It will demand cellaring on release, but it certainly has the pedigree to rank among their finest of the past decade.

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