Château Angélus is a well-regarded wine estate based in the Saint-Emilion region of northeastern Bordeaux. Their grand vin is aged in new oak for around 18 months and aged for at least five years in a bottle before it is released. The château's second wine, Le Carillon d'Angélus, was first made in 1987 and accounts for about 30 percent of the total production. 2005 was a unique year with an extremely high water deficit, but good temperatures for ripening. Grape quality was memorable, both in terms of being disease-free and their balance. What makes this vintage stand out is its harmonious balance of vigour and freshness, as well as its pure aromas.
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.”