Chateau Angelus 2005 is a special vintage that was characterized by an extremely high water deficit but good temperatures for ripening, resulting in grapes of exceptional quality that were disease-free and well-balanced. This vintage is notable for its harmonious balance of vigor and freshness, which is complemented by pure aromas. The wine has a deep, rich color and on the nose, it exhibits intense aromas of ripe black fruit, cedar, and subtle notes of vanilla and spices. On the palate, it is powerful, full-bodied, and concentrated, with velvety tannins and a long, complex finish. The name "L'IMPÉTUEUX" was given to the 2005 vintage, as it reflects the powerful and impetuous nature of this vintage, which is a true reflection of the terroir and the meticulous winemaking techniques employed by the team at Chateau Angelus.
Robert Parker - 100 Points
"Truly great stuff, this wine performed at a three-digit level both in the horizontal tasting of 2005s in Baltimore, as well as in Montreal at this mini-vertical. This sensational, opaque, bluish/purple wine offers up notes of vanillin, spring flowers, blueberry and blackberry liqueur, plus a touch of licorice. The wine hits the palate with a thunderous cascade of ripe, rich, concentrated fruit. It is full-bodied, multidimensional, and layered. The tannins are beautifully integrated but still present, and the wood, acidity, alcohol, etc., are all beautifully assimilated in this magnificent, majestic vintage of Angelus. It can be drunk now, but it is still an adolescent and that suggests it has at least another 25-35 years of longevity."
Antonio Galloni - 98 Points
"The 2005 Angelus is a gorgeous wine. Inky red fruit, mocha, espresso, dried flowers, and iron give this potent, explosive Saint-Emilion tons of richness. The style is dense and heavily extracted-as was the norm at the time-and yet the 2005 is impeccably balanced. This is a magnificent showing from Hubert de Bouard, who has done so much to elevate the status of this once under-achieving property. "