Château-Angelus Saint-Émilion 1996

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This was the year of the estate's consecration: Château Angélus was to become First Classified Growth "Premier Grand Cru Classé de Saint-Emilion". The wines were very deep colored and develop aromas of cassis liqueur and leather. The palate was dense and powerful with a precise and defined structure. This vintage displays all the complexity of the great classic years.
Category Red Wine
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Appellation St. Emilion
Brand Château-Angelus
  • ws92

Wine SpectatorComplex and intense aromas of forest floor, wild berries and dried flowers. Full-bodied, with ultrasilky tannins and a long, long finish. Racy and classy. Wonderful now but has a long life ahead of it. Better than I remember.--'95/'96 Bordeaux retrospective. Drink now.

James Suckling, 2007
  • wa91

Wine AdvocateA massive, powerful Angelus, this wine exhibits a saturated black/ruby/purple color as well as an impressively-endowed nose of dried herbs, roasted meats, new saddle leather, plum liqueur, and cassis. In the mouth, olive notes make an impression. This sweet, full-bodied, exceptionally concentrated wine is atypically backward and ferociously tannic. It was revealing more sweetness and forwardness immediately prior to bottling, but I would now recommend 7-8 years of cellaring. Anticipated Maturity: 2007-2025.

Robert Parker, April 1999