*Cellar Selection* Structured and dense, this wine revels in its tension and tight texture. While there are plenty of black fruits, the dry core of tannins and the rich, perfumed character show this wine's best quality. It is well balanced and ripe while guarding all the freshness of the vintage. Drink from 2022.
On the other hand, the opaque purple-colored 2013 Angelus, a brilliant blend of equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Franc harvested between September 9 and October 3 (only 60% of the production was utilized), possesses good acidity as well as pure blueberry, mulberry and black currant fruit intermixed with notions of licorice, Christmas fruitcake, underbrush and forest floor. With medium body and more texture than is found in most 2013s, it should drink well for 8-10 years. This vineyard is meticulously manicured and the wine is brilliantly made by Hubert de Bouard. (RP)
A beautiful red with blueberry, currants and flowers. Full body, ultra-fine tannins and delicious combination of fruit and citrus. Savory and fine. Better in 2018.
The 2013 Angélus is striking in its beauty. Freshly cut flowers, dark red berries, mint and sweet spices grace the palate in an absolutely exquisite wine built on pure grace. The 2013 is polished, sophisticated and classy to the core. This is a fabulous showing. (AG)
Opaque dark ruby. Complex aromas of blueberry, mocha, underbrush and aromatic herbs. Sweet, fleshy, clean flavors of dark berries and chocolate-covered plums are complicated by oaky and peppery nuances at the back. This is a successful Angelus for the year--one that is less extracted than some recent monsters and benefited in overall balance because of it. (ID)
Dark and loamy-edged, with a generous feel to the layers of warm fig paste, blackberry coulis and plum sauce, quickly followed by smoldering tobacco and bittersweet cocoa notes. The tarry spine imparts a muscular feel overall. Shows more power than purity, but pulls it off. Best from 2018 through 2025. (JM)
62% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Franc. Rich, fruitcake aromas. Plush and powerful. Tannins are rounded on the palate -- drinkable but not quite ready. Impressive concentration and purity without being forceful. 17.5/20 points. Drink 2018 to 2028.
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