Angelus

  

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Angelus

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Stephanie Rivoal-de Bouard who's been managing Angelus since 2012.

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2020 (barrel sample) 99p

Tasted twice - last time in November 2021. Consistent notes. 60% Merlot + 40% C. Franc. 14.5% alcohol. Several specially selected C. Franc plots for Grand Vin were ageing in so-called foudres, with a volume of 30 hl each, to preserve the subtlety of this grape variety. Freshness, intense black cherries, bright acidity. Spectacular elegance and sophisticated touch. This wine oozed with great precision, flowing midpalate and length! Breathtaking quality. 

2019 98-99p

Tasted in November 2021. 60% Merlot + 40% C. Franc, 14.5% alcohol. I would say this wine is a mix of 2020 and 2018 vintages. 2020s elegance, finesse and sophisticated touch combined with 2018's intensity and concentration. Beautifully scented nose, silky berries and tannin, great complexity and great length made this wine quite irresistible! 

2018 98+p

Tasted twice -  last time in November 2021. Not consistent notes. 65% Merlot + 35% C. Franc, 14.5% alcohol. When Stephanie de Bouard-Rivoal, daughter of Hubert de Bouard, took over winemaking duties in the 2015 vintage, she aimed to change the style of Angelus her father practised. She wanted to reduce the amount of new oak used in the vinification, obtain more freshness and make more delicate and grained tannins. She explained in a ZOOM interview with me in mid-December 2020 that she felt she succeeded pretty well with this style change in the 2018 vintage. When tasting bottled Angelus 2018 in December 2020 at my home, it was a sublime, sophisticated and incredibly complex wine. An imposing effort for sure! It was equally stunning when tasted again at the property in November 2021! 

2017 97p

Tasted in November 2021. 70% Merlot + 30% C. Franc, 14% alcohol. 30% less produced because of frost in the spring. It displayed fragrant cherries and raspberries, milk chocolate and cocoa powder. It was lighter in intensity and concentration, and there were more elegance and finesse here than you could find in 2015 and 2016. It's an excellent effort for the vintage.

2016 97p

Tasted in November 2021. 60% Merlot + 40% C. Franc, 14.5% alcohol.  Quite similar to 2015 in terms of concentration and upfront fruitiness. Felt a bit alcoholic on the nose with morello cherries, excellently structured palate with lush berries and fine tannins. It's more elegant and with more finesse than 2015. Eminent wine. 

2015 96-97p

Tasted in November 2021. 62% Merlot + 38% C. Franc. Flamboyant and concentrated wine with great depth, complexity and length. Silky texture, velvety tannin and luscious fruit. There was a very slight sensation of extended extraction and big ripeness in this wine, but it didn't make the overall excellent quality picture lesser/smaller.

2001 94p

Tasted three times - last time in April 2007. Consistent notes. Big extract, modern style, ripe and aromatic fruit and long aftertaste. This wine is a big success for the vintage. 

1990 96p

Tasted twice - last time in December 2016. Consistent notes. Truffles very distinguished nose with intense flavours, several layers on the palate, great length and structure. Formidable wine with many years to go. 

1989 97p

Tasted in December 2006. Fabulous stuff with black cherries and truffles. Great complexity and structure, luscious berries, stunning balance and a long, soft and sweet finish. It was an excellent performance! 

 

Latest news

1. I spent two weeks in Bordeaux from mid-April to check out the 2021 vintage from the barrel. A review of 300+ tasted barrel samples has just been published on the 23rd of June 2022.

2. Impressions from my trip to Bordeaux in November 2021 are here - chapter "2021 Bordeaux" in "VINTAGES". Additional TNs from barrel samples of 2020 vintage tasted in Bordeaux - chapter "2020 FROM BARREL", in "VINTAGES".

3. 2019 vintage's TNs on 85 wines tasted in Bordeaux in November 2021  plus additional TNs on 120+ wines tasted in Copenhagen during January-March 2022, are published. Check out chapter "2019 BARREL/BOTTLE" in "VINTAGES".

4. Tasting notes concerning the 2018 vintage on wines tasted from the bottle in Bordeaux in November 2021- chapter "2018 IN BOTTLE" in "VINTAGES".

5. The Burgundy blog in the News chapter is a new feature, including impressions from Burgundy tastings/tasting dinners attended since November 2018. It'll also have impressions on tasted wines from Beaujolais' best winegrowers. I explored this wine area in April 2022 while tasting Morgon Cote du Puy from five producers in 2018 and 2019. A tasting of top cuveés from the same producers will follow in June 2022.

6. In addition to my website, I also post tasting notes to an excellent website run by Pekka Nuikki from Finland, www.tastingbook.com, where I have 11.000+ followers and 2.850+ TNs by mid-June 2022.