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Chateau d'Angludet 2002, Margaux CBE Revisited

Medium ruby; tight garnet rim. Perfumy and classy 'spa' nose, with the 'racio' of blackberry, plum fruit, smoke and wood. Red fruits on the palate. Fresher than its 2001, this 2002 finishes nicely: medium length, dry finish with balanced fruit and wood; the suitable alcohol; tamed, dense tannins; slowly evolving with discreet charm. This claret has the structure of a classified growth at a great price(thanks to the scores from Robert Parker et al. and James Suckling).

In a recent Olympian-type tasting, five very seasoned wine tasters scored this 2002 Angludet 3rd(weighted average score 88.68), beating a host of better wines, such as Boyd Cantenac, Centenac Brown, Siran, La Gurgue, Dauzac, Ferriere, Marquis de Terme, Monbrison, Marjolla, and others. This 2002 Angludent loses marginally to Durfort Viviens(87.15) and du Tertre(87.08).

Robert Parker admits: "This is an unqualified sleeper of the vintage, a beautifully wealthy, rich, dense, ruby/purple-coloured wine with sweet cassis fruit intermixed with some liquorice and resiny notes. Quite full-bodied and pure, with good, sweet fruit covering moderate levels of tannin, this is a beauty and an undeniable bargain for a wine of this quality. I'm not sure that it's even better than my rating. Anticipated maturity: now-2015." (04/05). Edited.

 This is a good vintage for this Cru level, like Margaux. It needs 40 minutes of full decanting. The neighbouring vineyards are prestigious: Giscours, Brane-Cantenac, and Kirwan. They are on pebbly stones on which no grass growth is possible. It was one of our first bottles of fine claret 30 years back. Edited.


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