Robert Parker 92
Composed of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the 2019 Le Carillon d’Angelus is aging in French oak barrels, 60% new. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it springs from the glass with floral notes of lavender and red roses with a baking spice undercurrent and a core of redcurrant jelly, blackberry pie, black raspberries and cracked black pepper. Medium-bodied, the palate is wonderfully elegant and refreshing with loads of mineral-laced black fruit layers and a firm, fine-grained frame, finishing with great energy and bags of perfume.
The 2019 Le Carillon d’Angelus is broad, ample and enveloping. There is plenty of fruit richness, but a good bit of tannin, too. Far from an easygoing second wine, the Carillon is going to need a few years to come together. Inky dark fruit, spice, menthol and licorice build into a finish endowed with real weight and gravitas. Le Carillon is a blend taken from vineyards in three locations; Saint-Christophe-des-Bardes, the Cheval Blanc/Figeac sector and around the chateau. It is a serious medium-range offering from Angelus. Stephanie de Bouard-Rivoal described 2019 as a year marked by an alternation of hot days and cool nights, with the most severe heat in June. PHs were lower across the board than in 2018. I was especially impressed by the No. 3 de Angelus and Le Carillon d’Angelus, which seem to benefit from the strong year and a new winemaking facility dedicated to their production. As for the Grand Vin, well it is truly Grand.