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Angélus 2003

Subregion France > Bordeaux > Right Bank > St Emilion
Grape VarietyMerlot/Cabernet Franc

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Tasting Notes

I had this wine from my cellar, as well as at a tasting in Zurich in February of 2015. It is one of the handful of 2003s I bought from the Right Bank of Bordeaux in this vintage. Angelus really nailed the vintage, and has produced a fully mature wine that’s truly strutting its stuff. Dense, bluish/purple, it offers gorgeous notes of espresso roast, blackberry and blueberry liqueur, acacia flowers and a touch of chocolate. It is full-bodied, opulent and seems close to full maturity, as it is evolving quickly. The wine is full-bodied, rich and should be drunk over the next decade.

Robert Parker, RobertParker.com (220), August 2015

Beautiful aromas of ripe blackberry and raspberry aromas follow through to a full-bodied palate, with silky tannins and a long, long finish. Layered and delicious. Gorgeous. Best after 2010. 6,500 cases made.

James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, March 2006

BIG!! If you like mass, run for this.

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com (April 04), April 2004
Michael Schuster, The World of Fine Wine (1), April 2004
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One of the great successes in St. Emilion in 2003, this wine has actually gotten better over the last eleven years. Pushing perfection, this blend of 57% Cabernet Franc (the highest ever at Angelus) and 43% Merlot boasts a dense purple color as well as a sublime set of aromatics, including forest floor, blue, red and black fruits, charcoal and hints of licorice and wood spice. Long, opulent, voluptuously textured and incredibly youthful and fresh, this full-bodied, tour de force in winemaking is an absolute legend in the making. It is an incredible accomplishment for a Right Bank 2003. Kudos to Hubert de Bouard for his vision as well as his perfectionist personality. This beauty should age for 5-10 more years. Drink: 2014-2034

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (214), August 2014
Robert Parker, Hedonists Gazette, May 2007

Kudos to proprietor Hubert Bouard, who has been making brilliant wines at this estate since the mid- to late-1980s. A blend of 58% Cabernet Franc and 42% Merlot, the beautiful 2003 (14% alcohol; 6,500 cases produced) is somewhat tightly knit, but it reveals a perfumed nose of rose petals, blackberries, menthol, and cedar. This broad, sweet 2003's supple attack is followed by a tannic mid-section. The wine does not appear to be as dense or structured as the 2004. Given the high percentage of Cabernet Franc, it is likely to put on considerable weight in the bottle. This beauty is slightly different not only because of the torrid vintage conditions, but also because it incorporates the highest percentage of Cabernet Franc ever utilized at Angelus. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2023.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (164), April 2006

While this is a very good Angelus, it does not rank among the greatest (1989, 1990, 1995, 2000) produced by the dynamic proprietor, Hubert de Bouard. Nevertheless, there is plenty to like about this 58% Cabernet Franc and 42% Merlot blend. (Some of the Cabernet Franc cuvees came in at 15.5% natural alcohol.) A dense blue/purple color is accompanied by gorgeous aromas of boysenberries, charcoal, sweet, leathery/meaty notes, and hints of truffles. Full-bodied and rich, with high tannin and low acidity, this brilliant Angelus falls just short of prodigious. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2025.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (158), April 2005

Once again, Angelus is one of Bordeaux’s great successes thanks to the extraordinary hard work and skills of one of its owners, Hubert de Bouard. The 2003 is a blend of 55% Cabernet Franc and 45% Merlot. Some cuvees of Cabernet Franc achieved nearly 16% natural alcohol. Inky/purple to the rim, with a stunning perfume of flowers, red and black fruits, lead pencil shavings, smoke, and roasted coffee, it is an opulent, heady effort possessing loads of glycerin, extremely low acidity, and a 60+ second finish. This hedonistic, intellectually pleasing, full-bodied wine is a packed and stacked beauty. Thick, juicy flavors cascade over the palate, so I suspect this 2003 will drink well young, yet age for 15-20 years. It may be a modern day version of its 1947 counterpart.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (152), April 2004

Full-bodied, with super-velvety tannins. Goes on and on. A fabulous young wine. Beautiful. This is pure fruit-coated cashmere.

James Suckling, Wine Spectator (April 04), April 2004
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