Angelus 2011

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The 2011 Angelus is another winner from Hubert de Bouard. Supple and sexy with lots of blueberry and black raspberry fruit intermixed with licorice, barbecue smoke and camphor, this medium to full-bodied, supple-textured, sexy effort offers delicious drinking now, and promises to become even better over the next decade. It should keep for 15 or more years. Drink 2014-2029.

Score: 94Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (212), May 2014

A great success for proprietor Hubert de Bouard, the 2011 Angelus came in at 14.5% natural alcohol (keep in mind that this is supposedly a challenging vintage - and it was), and 75% of the production made it into the top label. The remainder was declassified into a second label or was sold off in bulk. Yields were a low 30 hectoliters per hectare, and the final blend was 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc. The color is a typical dense blue/purple, and the nose offers up wonderful notes of black raspberries, blueberries, flowers, vanillin and spice box. With authority, velvety tannin, good extract and glycerin, this rich, pure, beautifully textured St.-Emilion should drink well for 20+ years.

Score: 92/95Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (200), April 2012

The 2011 is a blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc. There is a lot of maceration evident on the dense, broody bouquet with scents of blackberry and mulberry. It is missing the sheer exuberance of the previous two vintages and comes across as a little sullen by comparison. The palate is smooth and harmonious on the entry with tightly knit tannins and well-integrated oak. There is admirable focus here and the finish is strong, almost sinewy. The persistency is impressive, although it will hopefully develop more finesse by the time of bottling. Tasted twice with consistent notes. Tasted April 2012.

Score: 90/92Neal Martin,, April 2012

This is a racy, elegant Angélus with super-silky, caressing tannins and a fabulous depth of fruit, including blackberries, chocolate and light espresso. Such length and beauty. It needs at least four of five years of bottle age. Try in 2019.

Score: 95James Suckling,, January 2014

Very elegant Angelus with blueberry and chocolate character. Full to medium body, with fine tannins. Lovely and delicious. Reminds me of the 2001 but better. 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc.

Score: 92/94James Suckling,, April 2012

Since the mid 1980's, Angélus, under the dynamic leadership of Hubert de Bouard, has been one of the superstars of Saint Emilion, producing modern-style, deep, concentrated and ripe wines full of richness and fruit. After Ausone and Cheval Blanc, this is widely regarded as being one of the top wines of the appellation. This is wonderfully rich and plump. Full bodied, complex spice and fruit. A big, fleshy mid palate with rich, succulent ripe cherry fruit. Impressive power and density for a 2011. Long finish. A very good Angelus.

Score: 16+Farr Vintners, March 2012

The nose has a lovely depth of sweet fruit with more red fruits than black. Ripe strawberries fill out the palate fleshy ripe underpinned by freshness that balances and gives an elegant twist. The tannins are there but well handled and feel ripe.

Score: 92/95Derek Smedley MW, April 2012

One of the top wines on the Right Bank in 2011, this is more elegant (and, for me, more enjoyable) than the 2010, showing how Hubert de Boüard often makes his best reds in lesser years. A rich, heady, violet-scented perfume leads you into a smooth, nuanced red in which everything is in balance. Very classy, with sweet tannins, ripe plum and blackberry fruit, sandalwood oak and refreshing acidity. 12+ years.

Score: 97Tim Atkin MW,, April 2012

Hallmark purple-black colour. Impressively concentrated for the vintage, offering dense, dark, vibrant fruit. Aromatically complex with cassis, spice, chocolate and orange zest notes. Full-bodied with a powerful tannic frame. Drink 2018-2035.

Score: 18James Lawther MW,, April 2012

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