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

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2022 (barrel sample) 98-99p

Tasted in April 2023. 60% Merlot + 40% C. Franc. 14.5% alcohol. Fresh, floral with roses, morello cherries, crushed rocks, mineral, elegant, strong backbone, great complexity, and length, sophisticated, multilayered. Great mid-palate and long aftertaste. Stephanie Rivoal-de Bouard, the present director/manager, has transformed this property into incredibly refined and intellectual wine in recent vintages. Stunning quality. She explained how she accomplished the recent changes at Angelus.

2021 (barrel sample) 95+p

Tasted in April 2022.  60% C. Franc + 40% Merlot. The blend is historic as it's the first time with that high percentage of C. Franc, which ripened excellently. Usually, the mixture is 60% Merlot and 40% C. Franc. Fresh, morello cherries, crushed rocks, Mineral, elegant, strong backbone, great complexity and length, splendid midpalate, and persistent aftertaste.

2020 98-99p

Tasted three times - last time in April 2023. Consistent notes. 60% Merlot + 40% C. Franc. 14.5% alcohol. Several specially selected C. Franc plots for Grand Vin were aging 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. This wine mixes 2020 and 2018 vintages: 2020's elegance, finesse, and sophisticated touch combined with 2018's intensity and concentration. Beautifully aromatic nose, silky berries, and tannin, great complexity, and length made this wine 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 practiced. She wanted to reduce the amount of new oak used in the vinification, obtain more freshness and make more delicate and grained tannins. In a ZOOM interview with me in mid-December 2020, 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 it 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 was more elegance and finesse here than 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 alcoholic on the nose with morello cherries and an excellently structured palate with lush berries and fine tannins. It's more elegant and with more finesse than in 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. This wine had a slight sensation of extended extraction and big ripeness, 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 on a very distinguished nose with intense flavors, several layers on the palate, and 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, structure, luscious berries, stunning balance, and a long, soft, sweet finish. It was an excellent performance! 


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