A successful offering for the vintage, the 2002 exhibits a deep ruby/purple/plum color as well as a sweet, forward style with black fruits intermixed with espresso roast, lavender, and Provencal herbs. Medium to full-bodied, lush, and round, with fine purity, ripeness, and surprising body and sweetness for a right bank 2002, it can be drunk now or cellared for 12-15 years.
Drink 2012-18 Luscious and rich on the nose with a hint of tar and leather. Sweet start and more gloss than most. Pavie? Rather uncomfortable tannins at present (and, I see, on every other occasion I have tasted it both en primeur and since).
A somewhat atypical Angelus given the high percentage of Cabernet Franc (47%, along with 50% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon), this 2002 displays great class as well as potential complexity. Its blue/purple color is accompanied by a big, elegant, sweet wine that combines finesse with power and authority. Because of the high amount of Cabernet Franc, it may turn out to be one of the most aromatically compelling Angelus offerings to date. There is also robust tannin apparent in the long, medium to full-bodied finish. It is unquestionably one of St.-Emilion’s most complete, concentrated, and provocative wines of 2002. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2020