Expected a lot more from this highly reputable Saint-Émilion Grand Cru…
Name: No. 3 Angelus Saint-Émilion Grand Cru
Producer: Château Angélus
Region/Country: Saint-Émilion, France
Grape Varietal(s): 85-90% Merlot (according to the Château Angélus website)
Consumed: At the Vieux-Port Steakhouse, Montréal, Québec, Canada
Recommended By: The sommelier at the Vieux-Port Steakhouse
Cost: $102 CAD
Bottle Presentation: Clean, classy, distinctive label, which would stand out on any shelf
Appearance: Medium ruby red moving towards garnet
Nose: Medium, with red plum, raspberry, and a tinge of blackberry. We also enjoyed the black pepper, violets, and all spice notes.
Taste: Dry, medium acidity, light in body, with low-to-medium tannins. Spices emerged (black pepper, all spice, and anise), as did blackberry, blueberry, earth, and cedar.
Overall Impression: Although well-balanced, we couldn’t help but feel underwhelmed. The wine seemed diluted, if not watered-down, leaving us wanting a great deal more from a highly reputable château, as well as a Saint-Émilion Grand Cru. The wine came up well short when paired with a grilled filet mignon.
Rating (from 70 to 100): 80/100
Value: 1/5 For the price, we expected a great deal more.