1995 Angelus - Wine Advocate # 109 - Feb 1997: In the new classification of St.-Emilion, justice was certainly served with the elevation of Angelus to premier grand cru classe status. No Bordeaux estate has been making as concentrated and consistently high quality wines as has Angelus since 1988. Even in the rain-plagued vintage of 1992, Angelus produced a wine of uncommon power, ripeness, and intensity. This estate is in many ways symbolic of what heights Bordeaux can achieve when a property is managed by someone as passionate and driven as Hubert de Bouard. As I have been writing for the last decade, these are wines to buy at first release; they can only go up in price given their quality. Remarkably, the 1995 Angelus may turn out to be nearly as profound as the incredible 1989 and 1990. This opaque purple-colored wine offers up a pure, sweet nose of blackcurrants, lead pencil, and vanilla. Lavishly-endowed, with layers of concentrated, pure fruit nicely dosed with smoky new oak, this is a full-bodied, fat, multi-layered, compellingly-textured wine that conceals most of its tannin under a blast of ripe fruit, glycerin, and extract. It is not to be missed Anticipated maturity: 2001-2027.
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