Tightly structured even at 10 years old, this is fully oaked with turbocharged brambly fruit underneath. Every time you question the dominance of the grilled herbs and sweet cedar, the damson fruit and acidity give a fresh impetus to the palate, carrying the whole thing forward. Well crafted and undoubtedly makes an impression, with long ageing potential. (NB: Angélus had not yet been upgraded to '1er Grand Cru Classé A' status in St-Emilion in 2008. It was upgraded in 2012. (JA)
A complete wine, from the black currant fruits through the balanced tannins to the acidity. It is sturdy, complex, a wine that is already singing and will age well. *Cellar Selection* (RV)
A strong effort in this under-appreciated vintage that sold for a song, the 2008 Angelus is still young and vibrant, with a dense purple color and a sweet kiss of chocolate-infused blackberries and blackcurrants. There are some floral notes, as well as forest floor and lead pencil nuances. Medium to full-bodied with ripe tannin and outstanding equilibrium and purity, this is another beauty from a much more challenging vintage. (RP)
The 2008 Angélus is a vintage that I have tasted many times. It boasts a rich but fortunately not overbearing bouquet adorned with macerated red cherries, camphor, hints of jalapeño pepper and later, a tang of dried blood, almost ferrous. The palate is medium-bodied with smooth polished tannin matched with well judged acidity. It is backward in style to the point that you could almost describe it as "charmless", though that is by dint of its youthfulness. It just needs time. Signaling that this Angélus clams up towards the finish as if to say: "Too early". You know what? It is probably right. (NM)
After a surprisingly perfumed and elegant 2006 Angélus, I was sorry to see the 2007 version back to more predictably dense and (to my palate) uninteresting style. However, the 2008 is much more refined than the 2007 and is one of my favorite recent vintages from this property. A lot of the 2008 Angélus’ complexity is derived from a stylish blend of different kinds of new oak (a technique I scoffed at with the 2005, but which really does work in this 2008), and in this vintage this really adds some dimension to the aromatic mix of mocha, cherries, plums, milk chocolate, fresh herbs and plenty of spicy wood. On the palate the wine is medium-full, suave and classy on the attack, with good mid-palate depth and quite impressive length and grip on the remarkably elegant and moderately tannic finish. Angélus seems to be one of the modern wines in the commune that is coming to the realization that breed outpaces volume in the world of claret, and the 2008 is a remarkably impressive example of the vintage. I hope that this is a sign of things to come at Angélus.
Bright red-ruby. Plum, cedar shavings and sexy chocolatey oak on the nose. Lush and seamless in the mouth, with a restrained sweetness to the flavors of plum, smoke, licorice and mint. Conveys a delightlfully weightless quality. Lovely elegant, balanced 2008, with nothing excessive about it. The Cabernet Franc contributes perfume and definition.
A ripe, flashy style, with alluring espresso and cocoa aromas giving way to layers of plum sauce, fig and prune. Dark and fleshy through the creamy-textured finish, with a flash of minerality checking in. (JM)
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