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Chateau Angelus Saint-Emillion 2005


100 Points, Robert Parker Jr. (twice), 100 Points, Jeb Dunuck (twice), 100 Points, Lisa Perotti-Brown

2005 was one of the single greatest vintages of Bordeaux ever, especially along the Right Bank. That’s not an exaggeration either. In fact, it was so good in Saint-Émilion, the subregion received a 99-point score from Parker’s Wine Advocate – the highest score in the publication’s history. It was like a dream.

As you can imagine, most of those wines are LONG gone. We’re approaching the twenty year mark since these gems were released. But thanks to a little digging, and due to some of our outstanding relationships in Bordeaux, I was able to secure us arguably the single greatest wine from that monumental vintage, a wine that has been scored a perfect 100 points four times now including twice from the king, Robert Parker, Jr. himself.

I am very excited to announce that exactly three 3-packs (9 bottles) of 2005 Chateau Angelus are arriving on April 23rd in perfect provenance directly from the winery’s cellar. This is easily one of the greatest wines I could ever offer you. Jeb Dunnuck called the wine “absolute pure perfection every time I’ve been lucky enough to taste it, surpassing the 1990 and rivaling the 2009.”

If you’re a James Bond fan, you may recognize this iconic bottling. While the man of mystery often enjoys bubbly (Veuve, Bollinger, Tattinger or Krug), Bordeaux also plays an enormous role in a number of the films. Not just any Bordeaux… Chateau Angelus. Some Bond fans will ever tell you that it was the Chateau Angelus that Bond and Vesper sipped on a train to Montenegro that sparked their romance. Angelus is so beloved, it has actually appeared in three Bond movie: Casino Royale (2006), SPECTRE (2015) and No Time To Die (2021).

This is a must-have for the cellar. “Pure perfection in a bottle” 3x 100-point wine and one that has aged so stinkin’ gracefully, it really has cemented its place amongst the greatest wines ever made. Two expert reviewers have even tasted it this year and given it 100-points! That’s how you really know it’s still perfect. I just wish I had more to sell.




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100 Points, Jeb Dunnuck (Tasted 4/6/2024)
The 2005 Chateau Angelus has been absolute pure perfection every time I’ve been lucky enough to taste it, surpassing the 1990 and rivalving the 2009. Based on 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc, it has a dense ruby/plum hued to go with mammoth-sized aromatics of red and black currants, smoked tobacco, scorched earth, truffle and smoke. Incredibly concentrated and full-bodied, it has beautiful tannins and flawless balance. While I certainly appreciate the slightly more dialed back, finesse-drive style of Angelus today, tasting this sensational, singular beauty makes me miss this powerful, more opulent style.

100 Points, Jeb Dunnuck (Tasted 12/2017)
The 2005 Angelus is as good as it gets, and despite having 2-3 decades of prime drinking ahead of it, is as profound a drinking experience as money can buy even today. Offering off the hook notes of blackcurrants, smoked herbs, blackberries, toasted spice, espresso and scorched earth, this beauty is unctuous and opulent on the palate, with incredible depth, yet never seems heavy, cumbersome or over the top.

100 Points, Robert Parker, Jr. (Tasted 8/2015)
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.

100 Points, Robert Parker, Jr. (Tasted 6/2015)
Following the stunning fragrance of acacia flowers, blueberries, espresso and graphite, this prodigious wine hits the palate with amazing blue and black fruits, sweet tannin, a full-bodied mouthfeel, incredible purity, texture and length. Little is left to chance or imagination in this compelling effort. It is a quintessential style of l’Angélus, only more concentrated and dense than usual. The tannins are sweet and well-integrated, so this is a wine that one can drink despite its infancy at age 10, but it will keep for 40-50 years.

100 Points, Lisa-Perotti Brown, Wine Independent (Tasted 1/2024)
A blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc, the 2005 Angelus is deep garnet in color, with a touch of brick. it needs a bit of patient swirling to unlock notes of plum preserves, blueberry compote, fruitcake, and cigar box, plus suggestions of licorice and Sichuan pepper. The full-bodied palate is concentrated with black fruit and exotic spice layers, supported by firm, grainy tannins and seameless freshness finishing on a long-lingering aniseed note.