We all know the Bordeaux vintages from the 80's, 90's and early 2000's that we should be collecting and drinking - but do we know what the best 'up and coming' young vintages of Bordeaux are?
Well, we can tell you that 2019 is one to watch out for and these 2019 Angelus are a great opportunity to dip your toes in the water for a palatable price.
At under $350 a bottle for 98 pt Bordeaux, these are a must buy. We absolutely love the wines of Angelus because they have the power of the Left Bank as well as the elegance and vivacious aromas of the Right Bank. In William Kelley's review, he states that the seamless, pure profile of the 2019 reflects the subtle shift at Angelus from the rich, toasty style of the 1990s and 2000s toward a wine of greater elegance and precision.
While this may be a baby by Bordeaux standards, it's clear that wine critics and collectors are already fawning over the 2019 Angelus. We love Jancis Robinson's note on the wine - "The most refined Angélus I think I’ve ever tasted. Pure and precise with no exaggeration but a firmness of structure evident. One of the best from this estate. "
We have loose bottles and 6pk OWCs available today - You will not regret going deep on this one!
Beautifully expressive nose, really so welcoming with hints of sweet red cherries, raspberries, milk chocolate and touches of perfume too - soft but really defined. On the palate there is such charming grip from the tannins and flavour that just takes hold straight away but not in an overly dominating way. It's smooth but precise, driven from start to finish. Softly chewy tannins coat the tongue with black fruit and some creaminess alongside excellent acidity that gives a mouthwateringly fresh and cooling aspect underneath the ripe red and black fruit flavours. This has real life and energy, bright with clear complexity and layers of fruit, oak and terroir that comes across as a spicy but also wet stone, mineral undertone. Seriously good. You almost want to drink this now and just capture all the elements going on but they'll continue to soften and integrate over time and also let the beautiful Cabernet Franc elements integrate and come more into play over time. A success in 2019.
Decanter, 98 points
Redcurrants, sweet tobacco and flowers with some sandalwood. Very perfumed and floral. So pure. Full-bodied, yet so refined and layered, with a soft, compact palate and a crushed-velvet mouth-feel. Poised fruit at the end, together with fresh, rare wood and a light chocolate undertone to the aftertaste. This is open, yet there’s so much in reserve. Leave it in the cellar for at least eight years. Try after 2029.
James Suckling, 98 points